BFA Four-Year Degree Plan: Graphic Design Track

Sample schedule

This plan is a recommended course schedule. Your schedule may vary depending on course availability and electives. A projected course offering list is provided on the course rotation page. Consult with your advisor to develop a program of study that fulfills program requirements and prepares you for your career.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 100 2D Design 3
ART 115 Drawing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
General Education 3
General Education: Science with lab 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 101 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 110 Introduction to New Media 3
ART 215 Drawing II 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 202 Intermediate Design
or ART 255 Photography I
3
ART 271 or ART 272 History of Western Art (also Humanities Gen Ed) 3
DES 202 Graphic Design Systems 3
DES 210 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 202 Intermediate Design
or ART 255 Photography I
3
ART 271 History of Western Art I
or ART 272 History of Western Art II
3
DES 301 Graphic Production 3
DES 303 Basic Typography 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 225 Painting I
or ART 315 Drawing III
3
ART 273 Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
or ART 274 Survey of Asian Art
3
DES 330 Communication Design/Methodology 3
DES 331 Advanced Typography 3
General Education: Science 3
General Education 3
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 225 Painting I
or ART 315 Drawing III
3
ART 377 History of Graphic and Applied Design 3
DES 332 Image Design 3
DES 340 Web Design for Design Majors 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 235 Sculpture I
or ART 242 Printmaking I
3
Graphic Design elective (DES 345, 440, 497, 499) 3
DES 430 Advanced Graphics 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
300+ Art History elective 3
DES 490 Professional Design Practicum 3
300+ Elective (if needed to fulfill 40 hour upper division min) 4
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours16
Degree plan last reviewed 06-26-2018.