Jul 24, 2024  

Design BFA

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The Design major is recommended for those wishing to work in the design professions. The degree program combines the study of art, communication, design, web development and technology as mediums for visual communication and/or personal artistic expression. Our students join the Design program because they possess the ability to think, speak, draw, write and design. Students graduate as design leaders, having learned to inform, guide, clarify, promote and empower through visual form. The Senior Project and Senior Exhibition, as well as internships, bring students face-to-face with the design community. At the same time, students acquire valuable experience in problem solving and the application of design principles, making them cultural catalysts and sought-after design professionals.

Major Requirements - 64 Credits

General Education - 36 Credits

Please note:  The General Education requirements for Professional Degree Programs is 42 credits, 6 of the 42 credits are fulfilled through the BFA Common Core and Major Requirements.

General Electives - 3 Credits

Total Credits Required: 124

Admission Procedures and Academic Standards

BFA Professional Degree in Design, Documentary Film, Illustration, Fine Art, and Photography

Students seeking to pursue the BFA Professional Degree with majors in Design, Documentary Film, Fine Art, Illustration, or Photography must first submit an Andrews University undergraduate application for acceptance to the University. Students admitted to the University on regular standing are eligible to begin the first two years of the BFA degree.

Upon completetion of the the first two Pre-Professional Years (typically at the end of the Sophomore Year) students must apply for acceptance into their respective BFA Professional Degree Programs which includes:

  1. Completion of the Application.  The application packet may be obtained from the Department Office and must be submitted directly to the Department Office by the application deadline. Minimum requirements to be considered for admission are outlined in the packet.
  2. The BFA Review. All work created in Pre-professional Years One & Two should be available for review. The BFA review is a critique of the student’s portfolio by the faculty of the Department of Visual Art & Design.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all coursework.
Transfer Students

Transfer students seeking advanced placement in a chosen BFA program must have a BFA Review. Students who have no previous coursework in art are not eligible to apply for advanced standing.  Transfer coursework must be evaluated for content equivalency and students may be asked to provide course descriptions and syllabi.

Academic Standards

Students accepted to a BFA Professional Degree program is expected to  in Design, Documentary Film, Fine Art, Illustration, and Photography are expected, by the end of the BFA degree program, to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all BFA major coursework. Students whose GPA falls below this miniumum requirement are not allowed to graduate with the BFA. The completion of the BFA may include a senior project, senior exhibition, internship, and portfolio of the student’s work.

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