Design (B.F.A.)

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Design must complete a minimum of 120 credits  including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements, the Departmental and the Concentration requirements. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

24 credits total – courses in sections A, B, and C in addition to the courses in your selected concentration.

ADR 1050Drawing I3
ACO 1200Surface Studio3
ACO 1230Space Studio3
ACO 1270Time Studio3
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval
Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern
Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa
ADN 3100Design Process3
Art or Design History Course 3000-level or above3
Total Credits24

Concentration Requirements

 Students must complete forty-four to forty-five credit hours (depending on the concentration selected) in design courses, eighteen of which must be at the advanced level (from courses numbered 3000 and above) within the selected concentration plus the appropriate senior seminar for the selected concentration. The minimum grade for each course required in the concentration, which must be taken in the Department of Art and Art History, must be no less than a C- in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree. Curriculum outlines with suggested scheduling patterns for the below concentrations are available from the Department of Art and Art History. All work within the following Concentration Requirements (44-45 credit hours) must be completed in addition to the courses from the Major Requirements (24 credit hours). Required courses in each concentration for the B.F.A. with a major in Design are given below; exceptions may be made only with the consent of advisor.

Fashion Design

AFI 2650Beginning Weaving3
AFI 2660Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing3
AFA 2410Textiles3
AFA 2420Fashion Design: Basic Construction3
AFA 3420Fashion Design: Advanced Construction3
AFA 3400Clothing and Culture3
AFA 3410Textile Performance Analysis3
AFA 3460Introduction to Merchandising3
AFA 4430Fashion Illustration3
AFA 5422Fashion Design: Flat Pattern3
AFA 5430History of Costume3
AFA 5442Fashion Design: Draping3
AFA 5452Fashion Design: Tailoring3
AFA 5997Seminar3
AFA 6440Computer-Aided Design for Apparel Design3
Total Credits45

Graphic Design

AGD 2230Introduction to Typography: Skills and Concepts3
AGD 2240Introduction to Graphic Design: Skills and Concepts3
AGD 2250Typography3
AGD 3250Graphic Design I: Principles and Problem Solving3
AGD 3260Introduction to Interactivity in Graphic Arts3
AGD 3700History of Graphic Design3
AGD 4250Graphic Design II: Word, Image, and Visual Organization3
AGD 5260Senior Seminar3
AGD 5997Senior Studio3
Two Graphic Design (AGD) electives 5000-level or above6
Three Art or Design studio electives 19
One Art or Design studio elective, chosen from the following subject areas: AGD, ADA or APR3
Total Credits45

Industrial Design

AID 3200Ethnographic Research Methods for Designers3
AID 3300Introduction to Industrial Design3
AID 3310Presentation3
AID 5300 Advanced Studio/Product should be retaken to accrue a minimum of 6 credit hours.6
AID 5310 Advanced Presentation should be retaken to accrue a minimum of 6 credit hours.6
AID 5330 3-D Modeling should be retaken to accrue a minimum of 6 credit hours.6
AID 5997Senior Seminar3
AID 6310Advanced Studio/Exhibit3
AID 6300Advanced Studio: Transportation3
ADN 6320History of Modern Design I3
Two Art or Design studio electives 16
Total Credits45

Interior Design

AIA 2600Interior Design: CAD I3
AIA 2610Interior Design Studio I3
AIA 3610Interior Design Studio II3
AIA 3620Interior Design: CAD II3
AIA 4610Interior Design Studio III3
AIA 5610Interior Materials and Systems3
AIA 5620Building Construction Systems in Architecture I3
AIA 5630Interior Lighting Design and Application3
AIA 5640Building Construction Systems in Architecture II3
AIA 5997Senior Seminar3
AIA 6610Interior Design Studio IV3
AIA 6650Business Practicum2
ADN 6320History of Modern Design I3
Two Art or Design studio electives 16
Total Credits44