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BFA in Graphic Design


The graphic design major is specifically designed to provide the basic visual education for students who wish to pursue careers in graphic design-related fields such as advertising, art direction, three-dimensional design, publication designs, or electronic media.

Graphic Design Program


Transfer students are advised that a minimum of 21 hours in studio courses must be earned at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as ARTD 251. Transfer students who expect to enroll in 300 (junior level) courses must present a portfolio of 10- 15 works, the majority of which must be in graphic design.

No grade below C in art courses may be applied to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A minimum of 42 credit hours, 300 level or above, must be earned prior to graduation.

A minimum of 120 hours are required. Students are advised that courses in graphic design must be taken in sequence, and that successful completion of Portfolio Review (ARTD 350) is prerequisite to all upper-division courses.

Students must complete ARTD 351 with a grade of C or better following successful completion of Portfolio Review (ARTD 350). If ARTD 351 is not successfully completed, the student must resubmit a portfolio to regain entrance into the junior program. Resubmission of the portfolio must occur during the scheduled Portfolio Review.

The following core courses must be completed before students can progress into the program as majors and before further art classes may be taken.

ART 101, ART 103
ARTH 172, ARTH 173

Those applying will be admitted into the program in rank order of cumulative average as space allows. The overall record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. Excessive absences, withdrawals, incompletes or repeated courses may result in denial of progression. Progression into the School of Art does not guarantee progression into a chosen concentration. Progression into a concentration will follow successful completion of a concentration Portfolio Review.

Interested students should make an appointment with the School of Art Associate Director for orientation (974.3407).

Current UTK Catalog: Graphic Design Major, BFA

School of Art Undergraduate Handbook


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