BFA in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2014-2015

Graphic Design



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 WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will graduate cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will graduate 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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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.

Students in the BFA Graphic Design program must choose classes to fulfill their Arts & Literature learning domain requirements from the following list:

any History of Art and Architecture (HAA) Arts & Literature course approved for Arts & Literature credit
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
Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.

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
GD 110 Web Design
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
OR ANI 201 Animation I
DC 225 (Recommended)
OR ART 224 Beginning Digital Photography
ART 106 Beginning Drawing
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
ISM 101 Foundations of Interactive and Social Media
GAM 240 Playgramming
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 215 Web Design for Commercial Projects
OR GD 216 Web Design for Artists
GD 270 Semiotics and Visual Design
GD 300 Graphic Design II
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)
ISM 320 Advanced Principles of Interactivity
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, ISM, 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.