Art and Design, B.S. - Graphic Design

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Minimum of 50 percent of studio art credits must be earned at Southern Connecticut State University. 
‘C’ or better required in all major and concentration courses. 

Studio Art Core Requirements (39 Credits)
ART 104 – History of Western Art I (T2CE)
ART 105 – History of Western Art II (T2CE)
ART 112 – Color and 2–D Design
ART 113 –Three Dimensional Design (T2CD)
ART 150 – Introductory Drawing I  (T2CD)
ART 151 – Drawing II, Drawing and Composition (T2CD)
Select 1 additional course in Art History at the 300 or 400–level
Select 6 additional courses in Studio Art at the 200 or 300–level from a minimum of four different areas: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Jewelry/Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture

Concentration – Graphic Design (24 Credits)
ART 114 – Digital Foundations for Art and Design (T1TF)
ART 215 – Principles of Graphic Design
ART 216 – Typography
ART 315 – Advanced Problems in Design
ART 316 – Digital Media Production
ART 415 – Professional Practice in Graphic Design

Select one Graphic Design elective: 
ART 310 – Information and Illustration
ART 318 – Interactive Design
ART 496 – Freelance Design: Building a Practice

Select one Graphic Design professional preparation course:
ART 480 – Advanced Art Problems I
ART 496 – Freelance Design: Building a Practice
ART 497 – Design Practicum


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.