The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is an applied arts program with a focus on the development of visual solutions to communication problems, and offers students guided hands-on experience in the creation of visual messages in print and electronic media through the use of type, color, photography, animation and various other techniques. In addition, students will receive a broad historic and theoretical understanding of Graphic Design. Career opportunities in advertising, marketing, publishing, branding and interactive services will be introduced to students and special attention will be paid to establishing a relationship with the local design community.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

   
Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".

 

Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.

 

Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.

 
   

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

 
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Admission Requirements to the program

To be admitted to BFA in Graphic Design, students must complete the following courses with a 3.0 GPA or higher and undergo a portfolio evaluation. Applicants to the program must have a 2.5 or higher overall university grade point average. Students are admitted in the fall semester of each year only and must submit all materials (including the portfolio) for fall admission during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Required Coursework for Admission to Program
ART-120Drawing I3
ART-130Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-281Graphic Design I3
ART-314Typography3
ART-381Studio In Graphic Design3

Once admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program, students complete 81 hours of the following required courses (the courses completed for program admission requirements are included in this list): 

Major in Graphic Design Requirements
ARTH-106Introduction To Art History I3
ARTH-107Introduction To Art History II3
ART-120Drawing I3
ART-130Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-140Three Dimensional Design3
ART-220Drawing II3
ART-234Color3
ART-250Printmaking I3
ART-261Photography I3
ART-280Art + Tech I3
ART-281Graphic Design I3
ART-285Image3
ART-289Graphic Design (Survey)3
ART-294Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 11
ART-301Contemporary Design3
ART-314Typography3
ART-315Letterpress3
ART-381Studio In Graphic Design (must be taken twice)3
ART-384Internship In Graphic Design 13
ART-385Web Design3
ART-386Multimedia Design3
ART-387Special Topics In Graphic Design (must be taken twice)3
ART-388Typography II3
ART-389Print Production3
ART-394AWriting Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 21
ART-394BWriting Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 31
ART-394CSenior Exhibition In Graphic Design2
Total Hours81
1

 This course will be sent through curricular governance for credit hour change from 3 credits to 4 credits.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor. 

First Year
Term 1Hours
ART-120Drawing I3
ART-130Two-Dimensional Design3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ART-140Three Dimensional Design3
ART-220Drawing II3
ART-281Graphic Design I3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
ARTH-106Introduction To Art History I3
ART-234Color3
ART-314Typography3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ARTH-107Introduction To Art History II3
ART-280Art + Tech I3
ART-381Studio In Graphic Design3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Third Year
Term 1
ART-285Image3
ART-289Graphic Design (Survey)3
ART-294Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 11
ART-381Studio In Graphic Design3
General Education Course3
Elective: PSYC, ANTH or SOC3
 Term Hours16
Term 2
ART-250Printmaking I3
ART-301Contemporary Design3
ART-388Typography II3
ART-394AWriting Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 21
General Education Course3
Elective: PSYC, ANTH or SOC3
 Term Hours16
Fourth Year
Term 1
ART-315Letterpress3
ART-385Web Design3
ART-3841Internship In Graphic Design3
ART-387Special Topics In Graphic Design3
ART-389Print Production3
ART-394BWriting Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 31
 Term Hours16
Term 2
ART-261Photography I3
ART-3841Internship In Graphic Design3
ART-386Multimedia Design3
ART-387Special Topics In Graphic Design3
ART-394CSenior Exhibition In Graphic Design2
 Term Hours14
 Total Hours: 122
1

This course will be sent through curricular governance to change credit hours to two per semester. Internship requirement will total four credit hours for the BFA in Graphic Design.