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B.F.A. in Graphic Design & New Media

Contact Person:
Caroline Downing, Chair
219 Brainerd, (315) 267-2251/2252, downincj@potsdam.edu

63-67 credit hours required.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts is intended for students who plan to pursue careers in graphic design or media arts. The BFA adheres to the College’s strong general education in the liberal arts while offering specialized courses in graphic design and media arts. The program includes portfolio development and an internship experience. Students have the opportunity to take part in the Senior BFA Exhibition (recommended), or to take an additional studio course or internship. Admission is by portfolio review; reviews are conducted at the end of the spring semester each year. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 to be admitted and to remain in the program.

All courses are 4 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Fine Arts Core (Credits 28)
ARTH 101 Survey of Art: Ancient to Renaissance (3 credits)
ARTH 102 Survey of Art: Renaissance to Modern (3 credits)
ARTH 464 Foundations of Modern Art (3 credits)
ARTH 300 or 400 level Art History Elective (3 credits)
ARTS 110 Foundations of Drawing I
ARTS 120 Color and Design
ARTS 130 Three-Dimensional Design
ARTS 211 Foundations of Drawing II

Graphic Design and Media Arts Required Foundation (Credits 8)
ARTS 319 Graphic Design and Media Arts I
ARTS 321 Graphic Design and Media Arts II

Graphic Design and Media Arts Electives (Credits 12)
Three of the following:
ARTS 320 Typography
ARTS 369 Time-Based Media
ARTS 419 Interactive Media Design
ARTS 469 Digital Illustration and Imaging

Graphic Design and Media Arts Capstone (Credits 4)
One of the following:
ARTS 420 Graphic Design Practices and Portfolio
ARTS 470 Media Arts Practices and Portfolio

Art Studio Electives (Credits 8)
Two studio electives

Senior Experience (Credits 3-7)
INTD 491 Design/Media Internship (3 credits) or
ARTS 491 and 492 Senior Art Thesis I and II (6 credits) and
ARTM 493 Senior Exhibition Seminar (1 credit)