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Bachelor of Fine Arts

About the BFA

The Graphic Design Program offers an educational program focusing on the attributes of usability, desirability, sustainability, feasibility, viability and complexity. The program encourages the exploration of diverse problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations and creative research in all forms of communication. The program encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration with colleagues, within the university, and within the profession.

The program is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, academic and creative research and professional practice. The program provides an undergraduate and graduate education stressing creative and intellectual thinking, awareness of individual, social, cultural and communicative issues, the integration of new technology, and a concern for ethical implications and the natural environment. The program actively contributes to department, college, university, state, national and international communities through its scholarly and creative activities, educational programs, and service efforts.


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To view accurate information on curriculum and course descriptions, please refer to the following:
UTK Catalog – Graphic Design Major, BFA

Admission Requirements

To enter the Graphic Design sequence students must have passed Art 101 + 103 and ArtD 150 with a “C” or better. ArtD 251 + ArtD 255 are taken concurrently and are offered only in the fall semester.

Once students have entered the Graphic Design sequence they must pass a portfolio review at the end of the Fall semester to enter upper division studies. Traditionally 50% of the students who apply for credit in Art 350 Portfolio review are accepted into ArtD 252 and 405 in the Spring semester.

The Graphic Design program has a solid, respectable record of achievement that is extraordinary given the limited physical and budgetary resources it has at its command. A visionary faculty, considerable creative-problem solving, motivated students, and dedicated adjunct faculty, have contributed to the design programs current successes. The program’s community outreach programs, Design Center and Practicum, are especially noteworthy and are developing a national profile.

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