Graphic Design Program

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Graphic Design study at WCU focuses on critical thinking, social research and practices, and professional production combined with a strategic relationship to cultural and historical investigation. The graphic design B.F.A. degree is a pre-professional, 4-year program plus an internship, which leads to diverse careers in the design field or graduate study in related disciplines.

This program is uniquely defined by the diversity of studio and academic electives for our students. Interwoven with challenging multidisciplinary content in literature, philosophy, technology, business and science are courses that support print and screen based communication, interactive and animated media, and in-depth work with computer software and coding. All B.F.A. programs within the School of Art and Design require each student to formally apply with a portfolio of work.

The School of Art and Design within the University is supported by a vibrant artist/designer lecture series including residencies and summer programs.

The graphic design internship requirement strengthens the ability of graduates to excel in competitive professional opportunities. Student successes working within the design professions after graduation include employment as: graphic designers within design studios, healthcare and marketing, motion designers, animators, IT support technicians, web designers, and interaction designers.

Portfolio Requirements for B.F.A. Graphic Design Program

The official admittance into the BFA degrees in: Studio Art, Art Education, Graphic Design

Who should apply- students wishing a BFA degree from WCU on or before their 75 total credit hour mark

How to submit:
Students will submit a portfolio digitally in slide room that includes the following:

-Letter of application (no more than 500 words) describing interest in art, reasons for pursuing BFA degree and career goals, addressed to the Director of the School of Art and Design, indicating interests in art, reasons for pursuing the BFA degree, and general or specific career goals.
-At least 4 drawings that show competency in perspective, proportion and shading (done from observation. (not photographs or copies of famous artworks)
-4-6 additional art works that show competency with tool usage, measuring, material handling, and presentation. (this may include work from 3D design graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, video, ceramics and original photography. Anime and other stylized designs discouraged because authenticity is not verifiable.

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