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Studio Art (BFA) - Graphic Design Concentration

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General Education Requirements (52-55 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (7 Courses, 21 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 15 hours in Art History:  ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 344, plus 6 hours in elective Art History courses.

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L.  Note: BLY 121 and BLY 122 are restricted to Arts and Sciences science majors, Allied Health science majors, Engineering majors, and Computer Science majors. Students cannot receive credit for both BLY 101 and BLY 121 or for both BLY 122 and BLY 102.

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 6 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 6 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V 

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136

Major Requirements (45 Hours)

Art Core (8 Courses, 24 Hours)

  1. 6 hours: ARS 121, ARS 122

  2. 6 hours from: ARS 123, ARS 124

  3. 3-6 hours from: ARS 222, ARS 225

  4. 3-6 hours from:  ARS 322, ARS 325, ARS 326, ARS 422, ARS 425

  5. 3 hours: ARS 396 (W), *ARS 479 (W)) Business Practices for Graphic Designers, ARH 493 (W)

Graphic Design Concentration (10 Courses, 30 Hours)

  1. 3 hours: ARS 488

  2. 3 hours in ARS 271

  3. 3 hours:  ARS 273, ARS 373, ARS 375, ARS 374, ARS 473

  4. 3 hours from:  ARS 490 or ARS 496

  5. 3 hours:  ARS 488 

Minor Requirements (15 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program.

A minor is optional for this program.

A secondary concentration is required for this program.


Notes:

Graphic Design Sophomore Review:

Each Fall semester, students who wish to pursue a degree in graphic design at the University of South Alabama may apply for admission to the BFA program in graphic design after completing ARS 271 Introduction to Graphic Design and ARS 273 Graphic Design Applications. For more information on the Review please visit: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/art/graphicdesign.html

Secondary Concentration

A required secondary concentration is fifteen hours in a studio area different from the student's primary concentration for the BFA in Studio Art.  Secondary concentrations are available in Ceramics, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary Secondary concentration consists of 9 credits in one area and 6 credits in any combination of the other. 


Additional Information

Requirements for a double primary concentration

In lieu of a secondary concentration, students may complete a second primary concentration. This will require course work in excess of the 121 hours minimum required for the B.F.A. and may delay time to graduation. To complete a Double Primary Concentration, students must complete Primary Concentration requirements in two separate areas including Senior Thesis or Senior Portfolio where applicable.

Requirements for an Optional Minor

In addition to the completion of the Studio Art B.F.A. primary and secondary concentration requirements, students have the option to complete a minor in a discipline outside the department. The addition of a minor will require course work in excess of the 120 hours minimum required for the B.F.A. and may delay time to graduation.

  

Studio Art (BFA) :  Graphic Design (123 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CAS 100 First Year Experience - College Success 2
ARH 103 Art History I 3
ARS 121 Perceptural Drawing I 3
ARS 123 Two Dimensional Design 3
**MA 110 or MA 112 Finite Mathematics or Precalculus Algebra 3
EH 101 English Composition I 3
     
      Total Hours  17

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 122 Perceptual Drawing II 3
ARS 124 Three Dimensional Design 3
HY 101 or HY 135 Area IV, A 3
EH 102 English Composition II 3
ARH 123 Art History II 3
     
     
      Total Hours  15

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 271 Intro to Graphic Design 3
ARS 273 Graphic Design Applications 3
ARS Secondary I- First course for secondary studio Concentration
ARH 344 Contemporary Art History (Fall only) 3
HY  Area IV, A-HY 102 and HY 136 depending on sequence  
     
      Total Hours 15 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 272  Typography 3
  Upper Level Drawing course 3
ARH 123 Art History elective 1 3
  Natural Science with Lab #1 4
ARS Secondary II-Second course for secondary studio Concentration
     
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 373 Graphic Design Identity Design Systems 3
ARS 375 Digital Graphic Design or ARS 376 Illustrations 3
  Upper Level Drawing 2 3
ARH Art History elective 2 3
  Natural Science with Lab #2 4
     
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 374  ARS 374 Graphic Design Publication Design 3
ARS 473 Web Design 3
  **Writing (W) course anywhere in University 3
ARS Secondary 3- Third course for secondary studio concentration 
EH

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

      Total Hours 15 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 472 Senior Graphic Design 3
ARS 479 Business Practices for Design (W) 3
ARS Secondary #4 3
  Area IV, B Social and Behavioral Sciences #1 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
     
      Total Hours  15

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ARS 490 Special Topics (GD elective) or ARS 496 3
ARS Secondary 5 3
ARS  Upper Level Drawing III 3
  Area IV, B Social and Behavioral Sciences #2 3
ARS 488 Graphics Design Thesis 3
     
      Total Hours 15 
Notes
*Recommended Course
**See Degree Requirements
For the Secondary requirement, a student must take five art studio classes outside their major concentration.  The five classes can be in a single secondary discipline or the student can choose an interdisciplinary focus which consists of three studio classes in one area (i.e. glass) and then two other studio classes.  They do not have to be in the same area. 
The areas to choose for the secondary area are: Ceramics, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Interdisciplinary. 

Department of Art & Art History website
https://www.southalabama.edu/art

The goals of the Department of Art & Art History include preparing students for graduate work or careers in the visual art; providing suitable programs and courses for persons who want to study or practice the arts for their own personal development and cultural enrichment; and introducing students to their cultural tradition.

The Department of Art & Art History offers Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, and Printmaking.

These degree programs are intended for students who plan to pursue careers in Art or Art History, which will typically require their having continued their studies at the graduate level. The Department offers minors in Studio Art and in Art History.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. Students receiving a B.A. in Art & Art History must take ARS 396 (Studio Art students) or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement. Students receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Art must take ARS 396 (Studio students), or ARS 479 (Graphic Design students), or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement.

Graduate studies

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Creative Technologies and Practice, which is the terminal, or highest, degree available in the field.  It is a cross-disciplinary degree program appealing to creatives who are interested in a variety of media technologies.  The program emphasizes interdisciplinary practice that spans multiple concentrations within the Art & Art History with technology serving to inform or facilitate the creative process.

The MFA in Creative Technologies and Practice will equip individuals to enter the workforce in a variety of creative technology areas, to manage creative teams, to pursue careers as visual artists, to advance knowledge in the field through research or creative input, and to teach at the university level.

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters in Art Education and an Alternative Masters in Art Education which are housed in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Course work in the visual arts is within the Department of Art & Art History. Further information regarding these degree programs is listed in the Bulletin under graduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies.