Graphic Design, BFA

Alan Mette
143 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-0855

The curriculum in graphic design requires 122 credit hours and prepares the student for entrance into the professional practice of design visual communications. Studio work addresses graphic design fundamentals (typography and image making), design history and contemporary practices, research methods, user experience, and social responsibility. Students engage with complex problems and are asked to identify opportunities where design can intervene. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their personal interests by taking advantage of a highly interdisciplinary selection of elective courses offered by the School of Art + Design, including photography, video, traditional printmaking, sustainability, advanced interaction design, and the design of Ninth Letter, a nationally-distributed and award-winning literary arts journal.

Contact: Mark Avery
Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
School Office: 140 Art and Design Building, Champaign, 333-6632,

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Graphic Design Requirements

ARTD 218Interaction Design Foundation2
ARTD 222Typographic Practice3
ARTD 251Graphic Design Toolbox2
ARTD 270Design Methods3
ARTD 318Digital Interaction3
ARTD 333Type & Image3
ARTD 351Graphic Design Inquiry4
ARTD 371Graphic Design Practicum2
ARTD 418Advanced Interaction Design2
ARTD 444Typographic Systems3
ARTD 451Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy4
ARTD 471Graphic Design Capstone3
Total Hours34

Art Foundation

ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
Drawing Course 13
Course in the 2D Category 23
Course in the 3D Category 33
Course in the 4D Category 43
Total Hours16

Art History

ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH 211Design History Survey3
Advanced art history (200-level or above) 6
Total Hours12


Art and Design electives (art and design courses not in graphic design requirements) 12
Open electives as needed to total 122 hour degree