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Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

You’re going to be a designer who starts a movement.

Ursuline’s Graphic Design program gives you the unique opportunity to earn either the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the professionally focused Bachelor of Arts (BA). Developing as a professional artist while honing your intellectual skills in the Ursuline Core Curriculum is essential to making strong art that conveys meaning, spurs social change, and communicates ideas. You’re going to be mentored by your expert faculty through personalized instruction and find important ways to make your mark on the creative community and the world.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll produce artwork that reflects your values and provides service to society
  • You’ll master all the current design technology, while developing foundational design skills.
  • You’ll receive individual coaching in visual problem-solving, skill development, and hone your creative spirit.
  • You’ll leverage your aesthetic skills in service to society, and develop fearless leadership capability.

Learn more on the Art – Graphic Design program homepage.

You’re going to be a designer who starts a movement.

Ursuline’s Graphic Design program gives you the unique opportunity to earn either the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the professionally focused Bachelor of Arts (BA). Developing as a professional artist while honing your intellectual skills in the Ursuline Core Curriculum is essential to making strong art that conveys meaning, spurs social change, and communicates ideas. You’re going to be mentored by your expert faculty through personalized instruction and find important ways to make your mark on the creative community and the world.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll produce artwork that reflects your values and provides service to society
  • You’ll master all the current design technology, while developing foundational design skills.
  • You’ll receive individual coaching in visual problem-solving, skill development, and hone your creative spirit.
  • You’ll leverage your aesthetic skills in service to society, and develop fearless leadership capability.

Learn more on the Art – Graphic Design program homepage.

The choice between the BFA and BA will be unique to your passions, goals, and both provide a solid foundation for work as a Graphic Designer immediately after college and in graduate education. As a general guideline, pursue Ursuline’s BFA if you hope to someday earn an MFA or work as a professional artist. Opt for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) if you want to pursue graduate study in another discipline, such as anthropology, journalism, public relations, arts administration, law, etc.

BFA students choosing a concentration in Graphic Design will focus intensively on studio work, developing first and foremost as an artist. You’ll also learn to use current technology, meet visiting artists, take trips to galleries, and study advocacy and social justice in the arts. As a senior, you’ll dedicate your learning to professional practices, including developing your own formal exhibit in Ursuline’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

You’ll study the following, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design:

  • Studio foundation courses (32 credits)
  • Art History courses (12 credits)
  • Graphic Design concentration (16 credits)
  • One studio elective course
  • Art History survey
  • Art 360 – Professional Practice
  • Art 460 – Art and Advocacy
  • Art 441 and 442 – Senior Studio

If you choose to pursue Graphic Design through the BA program, you’ll develop a portfolio of work and pass a portfolio review, a true rite of passage for designers, to declare your candidacy for the BA degree. BA students focus on mastery of digital equipment, complete at least one internship, and focus on professional skills. If the BA in Graphic Design is more your style, you’ll complete the following classes in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum:

  • Studio Foundation Courses: Art 106 – Design Foundations I, Art 107 – Drawing I, Art 108 – Painting I, and Art 114 – Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Art 112 – Digital Photography
  • Art 210 – Graphic Design I
  • Art 211 – Graphic Design II
  • Art 300 – Graphic Design III
  • Art 311 – HTML and Web Design
  • Art 400 – Advanced Graphic Design
  • Art 474 – Senior Project Portfolio
  • Art 475 – Graphic Design Internship
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communications 222 – Intro to Advertising

Anyone can minor in Graphic Design. To do so, take the following courses:

  • Art 106 – Design Foundations I
  • Art 114 – Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Art 210 – Graphic Design I
  • Art 211 – Graphic Design II
  • Art 300 – Graphic Design III
  • Art 400 – Advanced Graphic Design

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Diane Therese Pinchot, OSU, MALS, MFA
Rosaria Perna, OSU, MFA
Anna Arnold, MA
Clark DeCapite, Jr, MFA
Nancy Lick, MALS
Catherine Rozmarynowycz, MFA

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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