BFA in Graphic Design

Bachelor of fine Arts 2011-2012

Graphic Design

The BFA in Graphic Design at DePaul CDM provides a balance of conceptual, creative and technical design skills.  Students will gain a strong foundation in both traditional and computer-based forms of graphic design with a professional orientation actively preparing students for the job market as well as their own creative practice. A unique feature of this degree is its practice in the allied fields of cinema, animation, game development and interaction design. Graduating students will be prepared for design careers in advertising, book and web design, motion graphics, photography, poster design, signage, typography, multimedia, print, visual design, art direction and title design in cinema, television, games, and interactive media, among others.

Online Learning Options
Some courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 208 credit hours (generally 54 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites. A undergraduate course carries 4 quarter hours of credit unless otherwise specified.

First Year
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
GD 150 Illustrator Workshop (2 quarter hours of credit)
GD 151 Photoshop Workshop (2 quarter hours of credit)
GD 200 Graphic Design I
GD 230 Typography
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors *
OR ANI 201 Animation I
DC 225 Digital Still Photography (Recommended)
OR ART 224 Beginning Digital Photography
ART 106 Beginning Drawing
* ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors allowed for transfers
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
2 Arts & Literature courses required from the following list:
Any History of Art & Architecture (HAA) course with AL requirement designation
ANI 206 History of Animation
DC 202 History of Motion Picture Editing
DC 233 Cinema and Art
MCS 207 History of Cinema I, 1890-1945
MCS 208 History of Cinema II, 1945-1975
MCS 209 History of Cinema III, 1975-Present
Second Year
GD 210 Digital Illustration I
GD 220 History of Design I
GD 221 Trends in Contemporary Graphic Design
DC 220 Editing I
IM 220 Interactive Media I
IM 270 User-Centered Web Design
3 Major Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
GD 270 Semiotics and Visual Design
GD 300 Graphic Design II
ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling
ANI 260 Motion Graphics
ANI 360 Advanced Motion Graphics
GD 152 Indesign Workshop (2 quarter hours of credit)
GD 350 Portfolio Workshop (2 quarter hours of credit)
IM 320 Interactive Media II
2 Major Electives
2 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning GD 380 Design for Client and Community (Recommended)
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
Fourth Year
GD 330 Advanced Typography
GD 340 Publication Design
GD 360 Advertising Design
GD 394 Capstone Project I
AND GD 395 Capstone Project II
DC 376 Visual Design
DC 321 Production Design
2 Major Electives
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab
1 Religious Dimensions
Major Electives
Students must complete 28 Major Elective credits in any ANI, DC, GD, GAM, GPH, IM, TV, VFX or ART courses.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalogue for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.