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Graphic Design Major, B.F.A.

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Department Information

Department of Art and Design
PO Box 70708
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-4247
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/art/

The professional undergraduate degree in the visual arts is the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This degree allows the student to specialize in a particular area of art or to explore multiple studio areas in order to prepare for a professional career.

After 21 credits in studio art and before 45 credits in art have been completed, the student must successfully complete ARTA 2916 - BFA Portfolio Review . The student must pass this review in order to be accepted in the BFA capstone course, ARTA 4916 - Graphic Design Portfolio and Exhibit  and to graduate with a BFA degree in Graphic Design. Students have only two chances to complete the BFA Portfolio Review course. Students in the BFA program in Graphic Design should be aware that the final advanced studio courses should have as the primary goal the production of Art and Design work of exhibition quality. Examples of this work will be exhibited by the Department of Art and Design as proof of student excellence in a required senior capstone exhibition or presentation.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Contact your designated faculty advisor:

David Dixon
212 Ball Hall

Kelly Porter
409 Ball Hall

Transfer Students

Transfer students should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Travis Graves, Interim Department Chair at gravest@etsu.edu or (423) 439-5296.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 79 credits
     Foundation Requirement    (12 credits)
     Major Core    (30 credits)
     Art History Requirement    (12 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (24 credits)
     Other: Capstone    (1 credit)
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: GRDS-BFA  

GPA requirement: Grades in Studio Art and Art History courses applied to the major must be “C” or above. This includes ARTH 2010 .

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Graphic Design Major: 79 credits

Foundation Requirements: 12 credits

Art History Requirement: 12 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 24 credits

  • Choose six (6) elective credits at the 2xxx level
  • Choose 18 elective credits from any 3xxx and 4xxx level Art Studio classes.

Note: Art Studio course electives should be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Capstone: 1 credit

No Minor Required

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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