Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
School of Art
College of Arts and Sciences
The world is surrounded by graphic design. Whether the medium is television, magazines, books, signs, movies, CD covers, computer games or the Internet, people rely on graphic designers to help access and make sense of the massive amount of information absorbed daily.
Graduates work for nationally recognized creative firms and major corporations across the country and provide a valuable network for students.
Admission to the School of Art as a BFA student is a two-step process. In addition to your application to the University, you must successfully complete a portfolio review through the School of Art. While it is not necessary to be fully accepted by the University at the time you schedule your portfolio review, it is recommended that your undergraduate application be on file when you come for your review.
Please visit the School of Art website for more information regarding the policies and procedures: www.bgsu.edu/art/.
All pre-graphic design candidates complete Design Studio; ART 1020, Drawing Studio; ART 1030, and Media Studio; ART 1120 during their first year. Near the conclusion of the Principles of Typography; ARTD 2020, course students will develop a portfolio that will be used to determine entry into the BFA graphic design program.
The graphic design review board will select students based on the relative merits of their portfolios and the averaged grades from ARTD 2010 and 2020. These students will be admitted into the graphic design program and be allowed to pursue further studies in this area.
Graphic design at Bowling Green State University is an exciting, intensive, multidisciplinary program with high standards. Students receive four years of specialized training in critical thinking and creative visualization techniques, learning the necessary technical skills to become an attractive prospect for businesses anywhere in the country. Structure, aesthetics and self-reliance are taught by instructors whose teaching is supplemented with real-world experience.
The School of Art houses the Center for Advanced Visualization and Education (CAVE) lab, complete with Macintosh workstations, scanners and high resolution color output equipment. The Wolfe Center houses one Graphic Design lab with Macintosh workstations and B/W inkjet printers.
The BGSU chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), a highly respected national organization, is available to all undergraduate design majors. The overall goals of the chapter are to promote awareness of design, highlight advances and opportunities in the field and assist other design students.
Chapter activities include at least one yearly trip to a major city and several regional trips to printers, design studios, museums and art centers. The chapter also hosts speakers who are design professionals and often alumni.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU. To enhance your future college experience in art, consider taking two to four years of the same foreign language, a course in computer use and courses that provide exposure to the visual and performing arts.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Graphic Design, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S33.html.