The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Graphic Design is to provide students with industry-relevant and competency-based academic programs built on a solid art and design foundation that will prepare them for entry-level employment and career advancement in graphic design, advertising and related fields. We believe that this is possible through learner-centered instruction delivered by qualified faculty to students who are capable of and committed to an active role in learning.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Graphic design principles: Students will apply learning outcomes from foundations courses to graphic design problems.
2. Problem-solving: Students will develop original, professional-level solutions to graphic design problems based on appropriate research and within specified parameters such as, deadlines, audience, budget, construction and output considerations.
3. Technology: Students will use appropriate technology to produce professional examples of their work.
4. Critical thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique graphic design.
5. Images: Students will generate original images in support of their design work.
6. Professionalism and professional practice: Students will develop an understanding of design business practices and professional expectations.
7. Communication: Students will use visual and verbal communication to present content and meaning effectively; they will possess oral and written skills to present concepts to employers, clients, and others; they will possess teamwork, collaboration, and negotiation skills.
8. Context: Students will understand the broader context of their work: social and historical, language, information systems, and finance.
A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art is a significant step toward a career in graphic design. Students begin by exploring design theories and principles. Further study emphasizes the application of theory in current design problems. Students experiment in different media including print, electronic and three-dimensions. A final portfolio that demonstrates the graduate’s strengths in design completes the Graphic Design degree.
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The entire program includes 2684 clock hours, comprised of 1320 lecture hours, 1232 lab hours, and 132 internship or practicum hours. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course where a portfolio is produced.