Graphic Design

major

Graphic Design is a professional program for careers in graphic design and related fields. The curriculum includes a series of introductory courses in design, drawing, 2D, 3D, and 4D studio courses, and art history.

This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ufl.edu.

About this Program

  • College: Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
  • Credits for Degree: 120

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

School Information

The School of Art + Art History nurtures a culture of critical inquiry in our scholarly and creative work. We empower each individual with knowledge, skills, and insight to engage thoughtfully with our changing world.
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Curriculum

The degree program in graphic design prepares students for serious professional work in the field. The curriculum emphasizes concept development and application, work with clients and professional development, including the establishment of a working portfolio.

All students must lease, purchase or otherwise obtain a computer system by the junior year. Specific system requirements are available from the school or the graphic design coordinator.

All coursework required for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

SEMESTER 1

  • Complete ART 1803C for 6 credits or a total of 6 credits of any ART or GRA or PGY course at the 2000 level with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 2

SEMESTER 3

  • Complete 3 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.75 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 4

  • Complete all additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
  • 3.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 5

  • Complete critical-tracking courses (upper division) GRA 3209C and GRA 3193C with minimum grades of C
  • 3.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 6

  • Complete critical-tracking courses (upper division) GRA 3194C, GRA 3198C, ENC 3254 Writing in Graphic Design with minimum grades of C
  • 3.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 7

  • Complete critical-tracking courses (upper division) GRA 4196C and GRA 4197C with minimum grades of C
  • 3.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 8

  • Complete critical-tracking courses (upper division) GRA 4187C and GRA 4186C with minimum grades of C
  • 3.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
ART 1803C Workshop for Art Research and Practice: WARP (Critical Tracking) 6
Gen Ed Composition 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
ART 2353C Drawing Studio (Critical Tracking) 3
ART 2825C Perceptual Studio (Critical Tracking) 3
GRA 2111C Visual Methods and Processes (Critical Tracking) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
ART 2680C Time Studio 3
DIG 2131C Digital Imaging 3
GRA 2208C Typography 1: Letterform (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences) 3
ART 2013C Space Studio (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Mathematics; pure math 3
Studio elective (ART/GRA/PGY prefix at 2000 level) 3
Studio elective (ART/PGY prefix at 2000 level) 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
Before beginning 3/4000 studio coursework, students must successfully submit and pass the sophomore portfolio review.  
GRA 3193C Design: Visualization and Creativity (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
GRA 3209C Typography 2: Composition (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
Art history elective (ARH prefix at 3000/4000 level) 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (Professional Writing in the Discipline Writing in Graphic Design; Critical Tracking; upper division; State Core Gen Ed Composition) 3
GRA 3194C Technologies and Processes (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
GRA 3198C Image, Form and Meaning (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
GRA 4923C Design and Professional Practice Studio 3
Art history elective (ARH prefix at 3000/4000 level) 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
GRA 4196C Design: Ideas and Styles (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
GRA 4197C Graphic Design: Visual Systems in Design (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
GRA 4186C Senior Design Studio (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
GRA 4187C Design Workshop (Critical Tracking; upper division) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Before beginning 3/4000 studio coursework, students must successfully submit and pass the sophomore portfolio review.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design enables students to achieve proficiency in the principles and practices utilized by professional designers and affiliated industries. Through the study of art theory, art history and historic and contemporary art, students gain knowledge of design genres and systems of thought. Emphasis is on development of the concepts and skills related to graphic design and the development of a personal artistic idiom. Students will learn to use research practices effectively and to discuss the development of their work in speech and in writing.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass a particular test, a final project, a term paper and/or a portfolio, as determined by a particular major.
  • Pass a senior-level capstone course that includes a portfolio exhibition of the student’s work, evaluated by appropriate faculty.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Design visual form in response to communication problems.
  2. Exhibit principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.
  3. Exhibit appropriate use tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages.

Critical Thinking

  1. Exhibit the ability to describe and respond to the audiences and contexts which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Communication

  1. Produce solutions to communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and evaluation of outcomes.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
ARH 3XXX or ARH 4XXX I
ART 1803C I
ART 2701C or ART 2757C I
ART 3XXXC or ART 4XXXC I
GRA 2111C I I I I I
GRA 2208C I I I I I
GRA 3193C R R R R R
GRA 3194C R R R R R
GRA 3198C R R R R R
GRA 3209C R R R R R
GRA 4186C R R R R R
GRA 4187C R R R R R
GRA 4196C R R R R R
GRA 4197C R R R R R
GRA 4953C A A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Portfolio