Graphic Design

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

For the Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

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 218Intro to Web Technologies2
ARTD 222Typographic Practice3
ARTD 270Design Methods3
ARTD 318Digital Interaction3
ARTD 333Type & Image3
ARTD 351Graphic Design Inquiry6
ARTD 371Graphic Design Practicum2
ARTD 418Digital Interaction Sandbox2
ARTD 444Typographic Systems3
ARTD 451Graphic Design Problems4
ARTD 471Graphic Design Capstone3
Total Hours34

Art Foundation

ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTD 151Introduction to Graphic Design3
Drawing Course 13
Course in 3D Category 23
Course in 4D Category 33
Total Hours16

Art History

Select two of the following 100-level courses (all meet a general education requirement; credit will not be given for both ARTH 112 and ARTH 115):8
Ancient to Medieval Art
Renaissance to Modern Art
Introduction to African Art
Introduction to East Asian Art
Art in a Global Context
ARTH 211Design History Survey3
Advanced art history (200-level or above) 3
Total Hours14


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

 Drawing Courses include: ARTF 102, Observational Drawing; ARTF 104, Expressive Drawing; and ARTF 106, Visualization Drawing.


 3D Categories include: ARTD 101, Introduction to Industrial Design; ARTS 201, Crafts Design; and ARTS 280, Beginning Sculpture.


 4D Categories include: ARTS 241, Image Practice; ARTS 243, Time Arts I; and ARTS 244, Interaction I.