Undergraduate 2017-2018

Art and Design B.A. – Graphic Design Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Lisa Stocker, Administrative Assistant

Location: Guggenheim 101

Telephone: 970.351.2143

Fax: 970.351.2299

Website: www.arts.unco.edu/artanddesign

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Contact the Art office for more information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Graphic Design emphasis prepares you to work as a visual thinker and communicator using a variety of traditional print and emerging digital media. Coursework integrates practice, theory, critical thinking, visual literacy and conceptual problem solving. Students plan, analyze, create, and evaluate visual solutions to communication problems in a full range of areas such as Editorial Design, Corporate and Brand identity Design, Advertising, Publication, Environmental Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Typography, Web, Motion and Interactive Design.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • New Art & Design students must complete the Foundation requirements before they can begin their advanced art studies. The Foundation Courses include Art 181, Art 182, Art 183, Art 184, and Art 234. Students must also successfully complete the Foundation Portfolio.
  •  Transfer students who have articulated coursework from another institution will only submit artwork completed in courses taken at UNC. Students who have completed ART 181, ART 182, ART 183, ART 184 and ART 234 at another accredited university are exempt from the portfolio review.
  • Students need to achieve an overall rating of 3.0 or higher on the assessment rubic in order to advance in the program. Students who do not meet the minimum 3.0 may rework and resubmit the foundation portfolio by the announced deadline in a given semester for reconsideration. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements after the re submission are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss options for completing a degree at UNC.
  • To graduate with a B.A. in Art & Design, all students must earn a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher in all courses in the major, and a 2.8 GPA or higher for overall university coursework.
  • Three hours of internship (Art 492) is required. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in Art and a 2.8 GPA for overall University coursework to apply for an internship.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Remaining LAC — 31 credits

NOTE: ART 181, ART 182, and ART 185 all count for credit in area 3.a. One of these courses will count towards area 3, one will satisfy the additional area 3 or area 5 requirement, and one will count as an Elective credit to help reach the LAC 40 credit hour total.

2. Required Major — 57 - 60 credits

Take all of the following courses:

Complete the following five Foundation Courses First

ART 181Ancient Art History


ART 182Medieval to Rococo Art History


ART 1832D Design


ART 1843D Design


ART 234Drawing I


ART 181 and ART 182: (LAC area 3.a.)

Complete the following courses:

ART 171Introduction to Visual Communication Design


ART 185Neoclassic to Modern Art History


ART 185: (LAC area 3.a.)

Take one 300 level Art History Course (3 credits)

Choose two of the following courses (6 credits)

ART 231Painting I


ART 250Introduction to Printmaking


ART 331Painting II


ART 333Life Drawing


ART 353Intaglio Printmaking


ART 356Monotypes


ART 358Relief Printmaking


ART 434Drawing II


Choose one of the following courses:

ART 210Introduction to Ceramics


ART 261Sculpture I


ART 265Metalsmithing


Take all of the following (27 credits)

ART 270Graphic Design I


ART 271Introduction to Photography


ART 370Graphic Design II


ART 376Typography


ART 469Interactive Design


ART 470Narrative Design


ART 473Brand Identity Design


ART 479Senior Project


ART 492Internship in Art

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ART 492: Take 3 credits

3. University-Wide Credits — 29 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 29 credits.