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2017-2018 University Catalogue 
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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Chris Myers \ cmyers@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6225
Program Director


The Graphic Design program delivers a professional degree that develops the student’s mastery and expertise in the current marketplace for the practice of graphic design or a related communications-oriented field. Graduates will have experienced both hierarchical and non-hierarchical forms of collaboration as professional preparation, as well as the development of a unique intellectual and visual voice. Graduates will also possess the flexibility to adapt to a changing, unpredictable world and its communication needs where the methods of communication can be expected to evolve and expand.

Program Objectives

  • Teach students through paradigms rather than through projects. Train students as generalists within the field of visual communication to provide them with flexibility both within the culture of professional practice and in the evolving communications milieu of a shrinking, yet increasingly differentiated world.
  • Teach students from context throughout the curriculum, providing an introduction to human centered, cultural, and systemic contexts.
  • Evolve student-centered teaching strategies and apply them to students’ design processes.
  • Develop in students a strong work ethic driven by both logical and inventive working processes.
  • Develop student’s self-critical abilities.
  • Expose students to audiences that reflect diverse sensibilities or backgrounds. Evolve an ethical framework based upon an obligation to others, especially to those unlike themselves.
  • Provide experiences for students that model or expose various forms of collaborative, both hierarchical and non-hierarchical.
  • Develop in students a high level of expertise within industry-standard technological environments. Develop the propensity to prototype for high-level, complex technologically-based practices.
  • Introduce strategic thinking and the ability to explain these strategies as a fundamental aspect of their design process.
  • Develop the unique voice of the student, intellectually and visually.

Academic Plan

Academic plans provide a semester by semester suggested course sequence. Plans can be customized through discussions with academic advisors.

Program Requirements (124.5 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework after completing Core Studies.  Students are free to select courses from any school or college-wide program. 

Discipline History (12 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject PIPT
  • Select 1 course from subject PITC

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies) 
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.