Online BFA Graphic Design Program

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The Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program will develop students creatively efficient and technically proficient in graphic design, web design, mobile & responsive design, digital video production, and motion graphics.VMCAD’s graphic design students will value the convergent nature of design and business in the 21st Century, the creative power of divergent idea generation, and the unlimited potential of collaboration. Their exposure to experiential learning, total emersion training, and the entrepreneurial mindset, will develop their fluid intelligence, enhance their critical thinking, and ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.

The program covers 12 quarters taken through 48 months; however, the program can be completed in 36 months by attending year-round

BFA Graphic Design Program Outline

180 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Quarter 1

Credits

ENG101English Writing3
ART103Basic Color Theory3
GD103History of Graphic Design3
GD104Typography I: Foundations of Typography3
CD119Career Development Seminar I3
Total15
 

Quarter 2

Credits

ENG102Verbal Communications of Visual Concepts3
MATH143Foundations of Quantitative Literacy3
HUM160History of Art I3
GD105Concept Development: Print3
GD106Typography 2: Information Architecture3
Total15

 

Quarter 3

Credits

SS121Emotional Intelligence3
PHIL144The Power of Critical Thinking3
GD114Design & Layout 1: Advertising Design3
GD115Design & Layout 2: Business Graphics3
GD116Design & Layout 3: Product & Packaging3
Total15
 
 

Quarter 4

Credits

ENG201Principles of Rhetoric3
HUM260History of Art II3
BUS200Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities3
GD221Portfolio Lab 1: GD Portfolio Preparation3
GD205Concept Development: Web3
Total15
 

Quarter 5

Credits

SS210General Principles of Law3
GD291Web Design 1: The Anatomy of a Web Page3
GD211Writing for Web3
GD224Design & Layout 4: Logos, Symbols & Icons3
GDElective3
Total15
 

Quarter 6

Credits

SS260Principles of Economics3
GD292Web Design 2: Designing for Interaction6
GDElective3
GDElective3
Total15
 

Quarter 7

Credits

CUL300Idea Generation and Applied Creativity3
CUL301Design Principles: Theory and Practice3
GD393Web Design 3: Beyond the Web6
GDElective3
Total15
 

Quarter 8

Credits

CD319Career Development Seminar II3
BUS300Entrepreneurship and Business Plan3
GD331Portfolio Lab 2: Final Graphic Design Portfolio3
GD363Designing for Personal Brand3
 General Education Elective3
Total15

 

Quarter 9

Credits

SCI300Physics and Art3
MATH343Fundamental Mathematics for Entrepreneurs3
BUS301Entrepreneurial Finance3
GD302History of Film and Digital Video3
GD303Digital Video Gear & On-Set Fundaments3
Total15

 

Quarter 10

Credits

SCI400The Neuroscience of Creativity3
HUM400History of Revolutionary Ideas3
GD405Concept Development: Video3
GD435Sound Design3
GD436Digital Video Production3
Total15

 

Quarter 11

Credits

BUS410Managing Growth and Failures3
SS401Ethics3
GD437Cinematography & Lighting3
GD438Digital Video Editing3
 General Education Elective3
Total15

 

Quarter 12

Credits

SS430Globalization3
CD419Career Development Internship3
GD450Digital Video Capstone6
 General Education Elective3
Total15

Required for all GD Students:

X040 Introduction to Computers - 2 credits

X050 Art Fundamentals or Portfolio Review - 2 credits 

Graphic Design Electives

GD225Design & Layout 5: Strategic Design 
GD226Design & Layout 6: Design Adaptability 
GD212Principles of Motion 
GD213Digital Motion Design 
GD310Principles of Animation 
GD311Digital Animation 
GD141Principles of Illustration 
GD241Digital Illustration 
GD231Apparel Design I: Concept Development & Production Process 
GD232Apparel Design 2: Advanced Design & Production 
BUS135Design Methods 
BUS215Design Management 
BUS201Design Thinking 
BUS340Managing Innovation and Change 
BUS305Managing Creative Minds 

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