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Graphic Design

Graphic Design (BA)

Offered by the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires satisfactory completion (grades of C+ or better) of the following foundation courses:

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 54 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • 24 of the last 30 credit hours in the major program must be taken in residence, of which 18 credit hours must be in design and 3 credit hours in art history or studio.
    • All students will submit a portfolio for departmental evaluation prior to beginning their senior year. The department may issue formal warnings to students performing at marginal levels.

Tracks

Print Media or Experience Design and Multimedia

Course Requirements

Required (21 credit hours)

Tracks

Complete the Print Media or Experience Design and Multimedia track:

Print Media (33 credit hours)

Required
9 credit hours from the following:
Additional Courses

12 credit hours from the following, with at least 3 credit hours from each set of courses:

Experience Design and Multimedia (33 credit hours)

Required
9 credit hours from the following:
Additional Courses

12 credit hours from the following, with at least 3 credit hours from each set of courses:

Set One
Set Two
Set Three

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.