Department of Art and Art History Design

Undergraduate Program Overview

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Design

The university’s B.F.A. in Design is a NASAD-accredited, pre-professional degree. B.F.A. students receive individualized instruction from expert faculty and local industry professionals in small studio classes of no more than twenty students, while also enjoying the low tuition and extensive resources of one of the world’s great public universities.

The program’s broadly conceived notion of design affords students the opportunity to create graphics, objects, interactions, systems and services. Design studio courses cultivate students’ research, problem-solving and making skills, while the degree program’s supportive courses and the university’s core curriculum foster breadth of vision. Students in the B.F.A. program develop not only the visual discernment and technical skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the field, but also the capacity for critical thinking, writing and speaking that enables them rise to positions of creative leadership as designers, art directors, project managers, executives and entrepreneurs.

B.F.A. internship and capstone courses

B.F.A. students in design must complete at least one professional internship as part of their major requirements. In addition, they undertake a capstone design project in their senior year that culminates in a group exhibition.

B.F.A. curricular changes, 2016-18 catalog

The Design program will implement a revised B.F.A. curriculum beginning in Fall 2016. The program will remain a 120-credit-hour, four-year B.F.A. in Design, but will offer students more electives and greater flexibility to undertake off-campus study.