Art and Design (BFA)

BFA in Art and Design

The BFA in Art and Design offers two options that students can choose from within the major: a Graphic Design Option or an Art Option.

The BFA in Art and Design: Graphic Design Option includes a core of Art and Art History Foundation courses, core graphic design courses and a cumulative Art and Design Capstone course. This degree helps students develop visual understanding, critical thinking and problem solving that will help them for a career in Graphic Design. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Learn foundational art and design skills. 
  • Students are able to demonstrate expertise as visual communicators.
  • Students are able to approach design problems through the integration of conceptual and practical aspects of the design process with critical acumen and creative innovation.
  • Students develop projects through a combination and balance of both: a) skills developed toward conceptual analyzation, and b) skills in technical proficiency with digital software media.
  • Students are able to engage in sustained research necessary to develop comprehensive corporate identity projects involving logo applications, packaging design, promotional and sales displays, publications, market analysis, client need analysis, comparison of competitors in the market, and target audience analysis.

The BFA in Art and Design: Art Option includes a core of Foundation courses, Art History courses, Upper-Level Focus Area Art courses and a cumulative Art and Design Capstone course. Within this degree option students can select from a variety of Art courses in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art History and Art Education to build their own degree based on student interest in order to prepare them for a career within the Arts. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Prepare students for professional careers relating to Art and Design and beyond incorporating problem solving, creative thinking, and peer discussion and review
  • Learn foundational art skills
  • Develop an historical framework of fields in Art through contemporary Art History knowledge
  • Learn to work in multiple medias with potential to choose focus area
  • Cumulative Capstone that brings together students to discuss contemporary issues, ideas, in a peer review environment
  • Develop Professional Development Skills (Integrate social media, web design, and marketing to promote a vision) 
Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
AR 1045Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content4
AR 1065Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning4
AR 1075Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language4
AH 1150Art History Foundations: Prehistory to 1400 (GACO)4
AH 1160Art History Foundations: 1400-19404
AG 2100Design Software Basics (TECO)4
AR 4900Art and Design Capstone4
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
MAMathematics Foundations3-4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 14-8
DICODiversity Connection3-4
WECOWellness Connection3-4
Option Requirements
Complete one from the following required options:62-65
Graphic Design
Art
Total Credits120

The BFA in Art and Design offers two options that students can choose from within the major: a Graphic Design Option or an Art Option. 

Graphic Design Option of BFA

The Graphic Design Option includes a core of Foundation courses, Art History courses, Upper-Level Graphic Design Courses (Focus Area), an Integrated Projects course, and a cumulative Art and Design capstone course.  The intent and focus of the Graphic Design option is to graduate students who demonstrate expertise as visual communicators. This option prepares students with a solid visual/educational experience by developing their capacity for critical thinking toward problem-solving, stimulating their creativity and imagination, and preparing them for a wide variety of jobs in graphic design. 

Course Title Credits
Option Requirements
AG 2300Typography4
AG 3200Imagery4
AG 3400History of Graphic Design (INCO,INCP,WRCO)4
AG 3700PSU Student Design Company4
AG 4200UX/UI: Digital Identity4
AG 4400Brand Design4
AG 3800Publication Design (QRCO)4
AG 3750Advanced Design Software4
AR 3000Integrated Project2
Photography or 3000/4000 level Art course3-4
Free Elective Credits21-23
Total Credits58-61

Art Option of BFA

The Art Option includes a core of Foundation courses, Art History courses, Upper-Level Art Courses (Focus Area), and a cumulative Art and Design capstone course.  Within this degree option students can select from a variety of Art courses in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art History, and Art Education to build their own degree based on student interest in order to prepare them for a career within the Arts. 

Course Title Credits
Option Requirements
AH 3000Contemporary Art Since 1940 (GACO,WRCO)4
Focus Area - Create your own by focus selecting from any of the courses listed below:29-34
AR 3060Multi-Media: Design for the Body (QRCO)4
AR 3015Painting I: Fundamentals4
AR 3125Painting II: Thematic Exploration4
AR 3160Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)4
AR 4085Painting III: Advanced Concepts4
AR 3220Multi-Media: Ceramic Concepts4
AR 3230Multi-Media: Ceramic Design4
AR 3295Printmaking: Cut, Carve, Etch4
AR 3325Printmaking: Silkscreen and Alternative Processes4
AR 4325Printmaking III: Advanced Concepts4
AR 2520Drawing I: Figure4
AR 3525Drawing II: Thematic Exploration4
AR 4075Drawing III: Advanced Concepts4
AR 3940Advanced Multi-Disciplinary Studio4
AR 3905Practicum1-4
AR 3575Art and Sustainability4
AR 4700Special Topics in Studio Art:3
AR 4910Independent Study in Studio Art1-4
AR 3000Integrated Project2
AG 2300Typography4
AG 3200Imagery4
AG 3800Publication Design (QRCO)4
PT 2600Photography I3
AE 2000Foundations of Art Education3
AE 3050Methods and Materials for Art Education3
AE 3060Instructional Planning and Pedagogy for Art Education (DICO)3
AE 3100Curriculum and Assessment for Art Education3
AH 3730Renaissance Art in Southern Europe (GACO,INCO,INCP)3
AH 3750Women, Art, and Society (DICO)3
Free Elective Credits15-24
Option Total Credits62-65

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

Required Option in this Major:

Graphic Design

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AG 2100 Design Software Basics (TECO) 4
AH 1150 Art History Foundations: Prehistory to 1400 (GACO) 4
 Credits31-32
Year Two
AH 1160 Art History Foundations: 1400-1940 4
AG 2300 Typography 4
AG 3200 Imagery 4
AG 3400 History of Graphic Design (INCO,INCP,WRCO) 4
AG 3700 PSU Student Design Company 4
AR 3000 Integrated Project 2
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
 Credits28-30
Year Three
AG 3800 Publication Design (QRCO) 4
AG 4200 UX/UI: Digital Identity 4
AG 3700 PSU Student Design Company 4
Directions (choose from PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 1 16
 Credits28
Year Four
AG 4400 Brand Design 4
AR 4900 Art and Design Capstone 4
AR/PT Upper Level Art or Photography I 3-4
INCPIntegrated Capstone 3-4
Electives 14
 Credits28-30
 Total Credits120

Art

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AH 1160 Art History Foundations: 1400-1940 4
AH 1150 Art History Foundations: Prehistory to 1400 (GACO) 4
 Credits31-32
Year Two
Focus Area Course Selection 16
AG 2100 Design Software Basics (TECO) 4
Complete one QRCO: 4
Multi-Media: Design for the Body (QRCO)  
Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)  
Publication Design (QRCO)  
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
 Credits30-32
Year Three
Focus Area Course Selection 9-12
AH 3000 Contemporary Art Since 1940 (GACO,WRCO) 4
Directions (choose from PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 1 16
 Credits29-32
Year Four
Focus Area Course Selection 4-6
AR 4900 Art and Design Capstone 4
INCPIntegrated Capstone 3-4
Electives 15
 Credits26-29
 Total Credits120