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Graphic Design at Utah State.

The graphic design emphasis area delivers a comprehensive professional education in the study and practice of visual communication design. Education in design theory and practice prepares students to become leaders in the various disciplines that constitute today’s design profession.

Students receive training in collaboration, innovation, theory, professional practice, technical competence, history, creative processes, and sustainability. This competitive program culminates in the creation of a professional portfolio that helps our alumni get jobs in prestigious national and international design studios and advertising agencies.

Hashimoto Seminar

Ever wonder how your design heroes made it big? You might just get to ask them yourself. USU’s Hashimoto seminar series brings in professional designers from across the country to talk about their career paths and what students can do to make their own dreams happen. Read more about upcoming lectures and check out past workshops with designers like Jan Wilker, April Greiman, Aaron Draplin, Keetra Dean Dixon, Elliot Earles, and Rick Valicenti.

Four Year Plan

Feeling a little overwhelmed? No worries. This 4-year-plan breaks it all down. Every class builds on the ones before it to help you shape your own unique path to success.

Freshman Fall

(3) ART 1020 Drawing I
(3) ART 1120 2D Design
(3) ARTH 2710 Survey of Western Art I
(3) ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing
(3) University Breadth Course

(15 credits total)

Freshman Spring

(3) ART 1130 3D Design
(3) ART 2110 Drawing II
(3) ARTH 2720 Survey of Western Art II
(3) ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing
(3) University Breadth Course

(15 credits total)

Sophomore Fall

(3) ART 2400 Intro to Graphic Design
(3) ART XXXX Core Class
(3) ARTH 3XXX Upper Div. Art History
(3) University Breadth Course
(3) General Elective
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(16 credits total)

Sophomore Spring

(3) ART 3400 Typography
(3) ART 3410 History of GD Studio
(3) ARTH 3XXX Upper Div. Art History
(3) University Breadth Course
(3) General Elective
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(16 credits total)

Junior Fall

(3) ART 4410 Graphic Interface Design I
(3) ART 4420 Brand Identity Design
(3) ARTH XXXX Core Class
(3) University Breadth Course
(3) General Elective
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(16 credits total)

Junior Spring

(3) ART 4440 Type, Image and Visual Continuity
(3) ARTH XXXX Graphic Design Elective
(3) ARTH XXXX Core Class
(3) University Depth Course
(3) General Elective
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(16 credits total)

Senior Fall

(3) ARTH XXXX Graphic Design Elective
(3) ARTH XXXX Graphic Design Elective
(3) ARTH XXXX Core Class
(3) University Depth Course
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(13 credits total)

Senior Spring

(3) ART 4450 Senior Capstone
(3) ARTH XXXX Graphic Design Elective
(3) ARTH XXXX Core Class
(3) Quantitative Intensive Course
(1) ART 3420 Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar

(13 credits total)

First, Class

Graduates in graphic design work as designers, art directors and creative directors in design studios, advertising agencies, in-house design and creative departments. graduates may go on to study and work in related fields including architecture, industrial/product design and user experience (UX) design.

In this accredited program, students solve complex visual problems while working in a creative field. While diving deep in design theory and visual culture, students can also select elective courses and learn more about the areas that interest them. The following are examples of what each design course offers.

Design Courses

ART 3420  Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar  1×6
ART 2400  Introduction to Graphic Design   3 Credits
ART 3400  Typography   3 Credits
ART 3410  History of Graphic Design Studio   3 Credits
ART 4420  Brand Identity Design  3 Credits
ART 4410  Graphic Interface Design I   3 Credits
ART 4440  Type, Image and Visual Continuity   3 Credits
ART 4450  Senior Capstone   3 Credits

Elective Courses

ART 3370  Illustration Concepts   3 Credits
ART 4460  Motion Design   3 Credits
ART 4430  Graphic Interface Design II    3 Credits
ART 4470  Special Topics in Graphic Design*   1-9 Credits
ART 4900  Advanced Internship/Coop   1-9 Credits

*Courses in Special Topics have included: Advanced Typography, Packaging, and Book Cover Design.

Admissions

Graphic design emphasis candidates must enroll in ART2400 Introduction to Graphic Design fall semester of their sophomore year after completing ART1020 or ART1110, ART1120 or ART1150, and ART1130 or ART1160. Students enrolled in ART2400 are then eligible to apply for admission into the BFA in Graphic Design Emphasis by a portfolio review held each fall semester, one week prior to early registration.

Application to the BFA in Graphic Design Emphasis is competitive. Space is limited and is only available for high achievement students. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA prior to admission to the BFA in Graphic Design. No grade less than a B- may be applied towards credit in the BFA once a student has been accepted into the BFA.

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Our Faculty

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Mike Daines

Bob Winward

Brooke Daines

Dave Smellie

MFA gRAD students

Jeremy Nixon

Idyl Tayhan

The Nitty-Gritties

First Things First

Students must first apply and be accepted as Art + Design BS majors prior to application to the BFA in Graphic Design emphasis. Application to the BS may be made in October and February. (See Art + Design Office staff for specific dates.)

Application to the BFA in Graphic Design emphasis is by a portfolio review, held each fall semester, one week prior to early registration. Only students who have been admitted to the BFA in Graphic Design Emphasis may enroll in graphic design classes beyond Art 2400 Introduction to Graphic Design.

Sequential Courses

Students must complete the requirements of the graphic design curriculum in the order presented in the curriculum outline. The nature of the graphic design discipline requires students to learn competencies that build upon one another. Courses are necessarily sequential. BFA students who choose not to follow the sequential order of classes as demonstrated in the outline, risk program dismissal. This sequential structure enables students to develop knowledge and skills preparatory for entry into the graphic design profession.

Leave of Absence

Students who have been accepted into the BFA must notify the program coordinator of their intention to defer their program of study. Students who wish to discontinue their studies for one or more semesters (other than summer term) must file a Leave of Absence form online. Leaves of absence are generally granted and reviewed on a yearly basis for reasons relating to: illness or health, military service, employment, humanitarian or church service, family responsibilities, and financial obligations. See the current USU leave of absence policy.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who desire admittance into the Graphic Design Emphasis, must be accepted into the BS degree. They must also enroll in ART2400 or demonstrate equivalent preparation (by faculty portfolio approval) at another institution prior to participation in the BFA in Graphic Design Emphasis Portfolio Review, held each fall semester.

Advising

Each semester, students must meet with their Caine College academic advisor to make sure they are completing courses as required.

Click here to schedule an appointment with an advisor.