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B.F.A. in Design and Animation – Concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design

About the Program

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 curriculum offers comprehensive courses in print graphics, UI/UX, web design, branding, and motion graphics. Students can further their educational experience with advanced-level options in animation, creative book arts, digital imaging, interactive design, photography, and explorative typography. Students develop user experiences and branding campaigns that involve a high level of conceptualization and implementation. Additionally, they greatly benefit from a capstone sequence that includes a hands-on internship and a year-long senior portfolio and thesis experience.

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

Core Courses

  • Basic Design and Composition
  • Introduction to Digital Design
  • Graphic Design Studio I
  • Typography

Student Outcomes

Graduates of this program are well prepared to pursue careers in:

  • 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/exhibition design
  • Illustration
  • Product/packaging design
  • Signage/information graphics
  • Architectural graphics

Undergraduate Research & Internships

In addition to completing internships and project-based courses, students in this program gain real-world experience by developing a portfolio of original projects and designs that showcase their unique talents and style.

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Mike Richison, MFA

Associate Professor;
Departmental Advising Coordinator

Art and Design

Rechnitz Hall, 211

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Corey Dzenko, Ph.D.

Associate Professor;
Departmental Advising Coordinator

Art and Design

Rechnitz Hall, 312