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BFA — Graphic Design

About Graphic Design

Our BFA program focuses on visual communication in a professional context. With emphasis on conceptual problem-solving and technical proficiency, students are encouraged to create effective artistic expression in various print-related media. Graphic design theory, history and professional practices are discussed regularly with faculty. Experimental treatments of typography and illustration are expected from participants in this program.

The teaching focus of our program is attained through classroom/studio interaction with faculty. Assignments are designed to develop creative thinking skills and introduce a professional level of standards. Internships for credit are available at on and off campus locations where students may further develop their creative and technical skills within a professional environment. The biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition is a core feature of our program and students participate in the organization and presentation of this event.

Facilities

The Visual Arts Building is a well-equipped complex built in 1975 to specifically accommodate the various areas of study in the visual arts. The Graphic Design area occupies approximately 4000 square feet of studio space. A computer lab is available for all Graphic Design students. The Graphic Design area occupies approximately 4000 square feet of studio space. A computer lab is available for all Graphic Design students. The lab consists of 25 state of the art Apple Macintosh workstations equipped with current versions of Adobe Creative Suite and other popular interactive media software. Laptop computers are available for short-term daytime checkout. Peripheral printers, scanners and servers are also provided in the lab. Other high quality and large format printers are available to students on campus and at service bureaus within the community.

Contact

Please address questions regarding our program or community to Julia Morrigan-McDonough.

View Foundations Area Prerequisites.

Design Classes

  • ART255 Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall & Spring)
    A sophomore-level art class that emphasizes the understanding of letter forms as design and communications images; illustration and illustration techniques; layout; symbol design and package design.
  • ART355 Typography and Design Systems (Fall & Summer)
    A junior-level art course that emphasizes letter forms and symbol design and normally includes the preparation of a complete design program for an institution, business or cause. Advertising is included as a part of the design program. Use of computer software is required.
  • ART356 Illustration (Spring & Summer)
    A junior-level art course that emphasizes visual problem solving utilizing the figure, inanimate objects and the landscape in editorial and reportorial formats. Also encouraged is experimentation in a wide variety of wet and dry media, techniques and compositions. Use of computer software is required.
  • ART455 Advanced Typography and Design Systems (Fall & Summer)
    A senior-level art course that continues the investigation into typography and symbol design and normally includes preparation of a complete design program in 2-D and 3-D formats. Advertising is included as a part of the design program. Use of computer software is required. Production art is also emphasized.
  • ART456 Advanced Illustration (Spring & Summer)
    A senior-level art course emphasizing visual solutions of complex conceptual problems in editorial and reportorial formats. Students are encouraged to utilize new and unusual media, collage, photographic solutions and electronically generated images. Use of computer software is required. Production art is also emphasized. A variety of reading material is assigned.
  • ART487 Special Studies in Graphic Design (Fall, Spring & Summer)
    (variable credit) A senior-level internship program initiated by the senior student to build bridges of understanding between classroom theory and professional practice. Students may contact any appropriate professional mentor under which to work, but must also co-sign a detailed contract sheet with a Colorado State graphic design faculty member to receive credit. A total of four credits count toward graduation.