BFA in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design provides a sequenced studio approach to design thinking and problem solving for visual communication, preparing students to thrive in a dynamic professional environment.

Freshman year foundation courses introduce visual concepts in two and three dimensions. Students specialize in graphic design coursework beginning in their sophomore year. Yearlong graphic design and typography studios emphasize form and communication. Junior-level graphic design and typography studios address authorship, audience, and medium. Students are challenged to think creatively and strategically by developing content, defining an audience, and determining an optimum communication platform. Senior year culminates in a thesis project where students articulate a personally driven design methodology to examine relevant and valued topics in contemporary practice. Electives complement the core graphic design and typography studios, affording the opportunity to specialize in areas of interest and providing the essential curricular agility to navigate in a changing practice.

Faculty members work closely with students to strengthen students’ technical and conceptual abilities through both carefully defined and open-ended projects. They also serve as an entry point into professional practice through their own studio practices and professional networks. Students are expected to actively participate in the Boston-based design community through organizations like AIGA in order to cultivate their own professional networks. The Graphic Design program benefits from cross-disciplinary engagement with the College of Communication and the Questrom School of Business, and the expertise and collaboration with creative individuals in various communication-driven fields.

Graphic Design Program of Study

The BFA requires 132 semester credits.

Graphic Design
Prerequisites to Elect the Graphic Design Major (total 32 prerequisite credits):
CFA AR 131, 132 Drawing I 8 cr
Printmaking elective 4 cr
CFA AR 141 Foundation Painting 4 cr
CFA AR 121 Foundation Sculpture 4 cr
CAS AH 111, 112 Art History 8 cr
CAS WR 100 Freshman Writing 4 cr
Graphic Design Major Requirements (total 48 credits):
CFA AR 415, 508, or 515 Photography 4 cr
Design elective 4 cr
CFA AR 581, CFA AR 582 or CAS CS 103 Web Design 4 cr
CFA AR 225, 226, 381, 382, 483, 484 Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Graphic Design Studio (6 semesters) 24 cr
CFA AR 385, 386, 487, 497 Sophomore and Junior Typography Design (4 semesters) 8 cr
CFA AR 580 History of Graphic Design 4 cr
Electives (total 52 credits):
Sciences/Social Sciences/History 8 cr
Language/Literature/Philosophy 8 cr
Additional liberal arts electives 12 cr
Additional studio or general electives 24 cr
132 cr