2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 02, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Graphic Design (BFA.GDS)

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Program Description 

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program offers career-oriented courses in print production, branding identity, and publication for digital media. Projects are focused on content development, layout & composition, digital imaging, motion graphics, and typographic design. Conceptualize and design applied graphic solutions that meet real-world needs and opportunities.  

The program is further supported by a well-rounded education in arts & humanities, fostering creative content through fine arts, writing, and video & animation. Each student is supported in finding and securing an internship experience, and in developing career-ready portfolios to start their professional path.   

For all BFA Graphic Design students, there is an opportunity to achieve industry recognized credentials which are embedded in graphic design classes at VTSU; as an example, students have earned Adobe Certified Professional credentials at the Center for Professional Studies. 

VTSU’s BA in Graphic Design program provides students with a strong, diverse portfolio of relevant workplace experience. During junior and senior years of study, students participate in Design Studio, a series of practicum-based courses in which students provide design services for local and regional businesses. Classroom work is oriented towards authentic application - solutions designed to go into the real world and serve true purpose.  

Program Outcomes 

  1. Use of elements of art and principles of design to create impactful and intelligent design solutions. 

  1. Utilize industry-standard software and viable platforms to present realized design solutions. 

  1. Implement effective workflow and manage output to production in fast-changing, real-world environments. 

  1. Manage and execute effective design solutions, both independently and collaboratively.  

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the program outcomes and conceptualize and design applied graphic solutions that meet real-world needs and opportunities. 

Formal Acceptance into BFA Program

 Students apply for Formal Acceptance by submitting a portfolio of their designs during their third semester of study. Students must earn Formal Acceptance prior to the completion of 60 credits. If this requirement is not complete, students may change to a BA program. 

Advanced Core Courses

Credits Required for Program: 69


To obtain a degree, students must fulfill the major-specific requirements as well as satisfy all other Degree Requirements  including the General Education Requirements .

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