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Department of Art & Design

BFA in Design and Animation with a Concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design


The BFA in Design and Animation with a concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design is a professional degree program specifically created to prepare students for a career in graphic design and its many associated career directions. Our multi-faceted curriculum offers a unique approach to student development with comprehensive courses in print graphics, UI/UX design, Web design, and motion graphics. Our degree requirements also include unique opportunities for our students to further their educational experience with advanced-level options in animation, creative book arts, digital imaging, interactive design, photography, and explorative typography.

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Some of the career paths you could pursue with this degree are:

  • Graphic Design (Print, UI/UX, Web, Motion)
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Interaction Design
  • UI/UX Design and Interactive Prototyping
  • Corporate Production/Management
  • Web Design
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Book/Editorial Design
  • Trade Show or Exhibition Design
  • Illustration
  • Product/PackagingDesign
  • Signage/Information Graphics
  • Architectural Graphics

Marketable Skills

At the completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • Think creatively and apply visual solutions to design-related problems
  • Use software related to print, UI/UX design, Web design, motion graphics and animation
  • Develop projects from initial production through final outcome
  • Understand historical and contemporary issues related to design
  • Prepare source files for preparation in digital and offset printing
  • Create unique images using both digital and traditional illustration methods
  • Apply verbal and written communication skills necessary for professional success
  • Use basic to advanced photographic skills for graphic-design-specific applications
  • Prepare business-related artifacts needed for success in the field (including composing estimates, design strategy, managing budgets, writing contracts, negotiating client relationships, and time management)
  • Prepare a résumé and portfolio for both Web and print
  • Use their internship requirement as regional work experience in the field
  • Avail themselves of competitive opportunities for career recognition