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  • Graphic Design

    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.

    About this Major

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


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    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.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C: ARH 2050, ARH 2051, ART 2305C, GRA 2111C, GRA 2208C
    • 2.50 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
    • 2.75 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
    • Students must complete a 2-D, a 3-D and a 4-D 2000-level course as part of their 2000-level studio requirements
    • 3.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • 3.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    ART 1803C Workshop for Art Research and Practice: Studio 6
    ​IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    ​3
    Composition
    GE-C
    3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1
    GE-H and N
    3
    ART 2305C Drawing: Form and Space 3
    ART 2757C Ceramics: 3D Conceptualization or
    ART 2701C Sculpture: Shaping Form and Space
    3
    GRA 2111C Visual Methods and Processes 3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2
    GE-H and N
    3
    DIG 2131C Digital Imaging 3
    GRA 2208C Graphic Design: Letterform 3
    PGY 2101C Visual Literacy: Photography
    GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    ART 2501C Painting: Investigations in Color or
    ART 2401C Printmaking: Color Theory
    3
    DIG 2282C Time-based Media 3
    Mathematics
    GE-M, pure math
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Studio elective
    ART / PGY prefix at 2000 level
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    GRA 3193C Graphic Design: Visualization and Creativity 3
    GRA 3209C Typography 2: Composition 3
    ​Art history elective
    ARH prefix at 3000/4000 level
    3​
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    ​Elective
    3000/4000 level
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    ​ENC 3254 Writing in Graphic Design
    State Core GE-C
    3​​
    GRA 3194C Graphic Design: Technologies and Processes 3
    GRA 3198C Graphic Design: Image and Illustration 3
    ​​Art history elective
    ARH prefix at 3000/4000 level
    ​3
    Elective
    3000/4000 level, faculty and advisor approved​
    3​
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    GRA 4196C Graphic Design: Ideas and Styles 3
    GRA 4197C Graphic Design: Visual Systems 3
    Biological or Physical Science
    GE-B/P
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    ​​Elective
    3000/4000 level
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    GRA 4186C Senior Design Studio 3
    GRA 4187C Graphic Design: Workshop 3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    ​​Elective
    3000/4000 level
    ​3
    ​Elective 3​​
    Total 15
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majors: graphic-design