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A B.A. or B.F.A in Graphic Design prepares creative and artistic students for lifelong careers in visual communication. Students in Graphic Design are visual problem solvers who communicate with text and images in a wide range of applications and settings. Our graduates have careers in interesting and creative fields such as—visual communications, web design, illustration, typography, art direction, logo and icon design, digital and game art, advertising design, user experience design, and corporate communications.

Graphic Design classes in the B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs take place in the Wheatley Center — home to large, well-lit art studios and spacious computer labs that feature cutting-edge Macintosh Pro computers and Adobe Creative Suite software. Our design students have 24/7 access to the labs and studios, access to professional-grade computers, software, a laser color printer, wide-format inkjet printer, laser cutter, 3-D printers, a woodshop, spray booth, vacuum former, lighting studio, and exhibit spaces to showcase their creative work.

Contact Information

Heather Pinson
Department Head
pinson@rmu.edu
412-397-6463
Wheatley Center 215

4-Year Course Plan (B.F.A)

The BFA degree is considered by industry and academia (College Art Association, National Assoc of Schools of Art & Design, & AIGA) to be a Professional Degree in Graphic Design.

  • 120 Credits = 40 classes (65%, or 26 courses, must be in Art & Design to meet BFA standards)
  • 13 RMU Core classes
  • 26 classes in the major (including 2 media arts electives)
  • 1 marketing course

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio (& lab)
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm
  • Core 01 (MATH)
  • Core 02 (CSEN1) Freshman Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

  •  ARTM2115 Intro to Typography ++
  • ARTM1021 4D Studio (& lab)++
  • ARTM Intro Photo or ARTM Illustration++ or ARTM Digital Photo++
  • Core 05 (CSEN2)
  • MARK2020

Sophomore Year, Spring

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3110 Design 1++
  • ARTM Designing for New Media++ or ARTM Idea Dev & Storyboarding
  • ARTM Media Arts Elective 01
  • Core 09 (ELIT)
  • Core 08 (SOC)

Junior Year, Spring

Senior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3140 Corporate Identity Design ++
  • ARTM4010 Senior Studio ++
  • ARTM4903 Internship
  • ARTM Media Arts Elective 02
  • Core 11 (CSEN4)

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM4090 Portfolio & Prof Practice
  • ARTM3130 Production for the Designer **
  • ARTM3430 Motion Graphics** or ARTM4210 Interactive Animation**
  • Core 12 (ECON)
  • Core 13 (HIST/POL SCI)

Students wishing to pursue minors or certificates are advised to begin them no later than in their Sophomore year.
++ = courses generally offered Fall only   |   ** = courses generally offered Spring only

4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

The BA is a general arts degree that appeals to students who need flexibility in their course of study, for example transfer students or those wishing to pursue minors, certificates, or a double major on a traditional four-year degree completion path.

  • 120 Credits = 40 classes
  • 13 RMU Core classes
  • 21 classes in the major (including 1 media arts elective)
  • 1 marketing course
  • 5 open electives

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio (& lab)
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm
  • Core 01 (MATH)
  • Core 02 (CSEN1) Freshman Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • ARTM2115 Intro to Typography ++
  • ARTM 2210 Web Design
  • ARTM1021 4D Studio (& lab) ++
  • Core 04 (ELIT)
  • Core 05 (CSEN2)

Sophomore Year, Spring

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3110 Design 1 ++
  • ARTM Media Arts Elective
  • Core 07 (CSEN3)
  • Core 08 (SOC)
  • Open Elective 02

Junior Year, Spring

Senior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3140 Corporate Identity Design ++
  • ARTM4010 Senior Studio ++ or ARTM4903 Internship
  • Core 11 (ECON)
  • Core 12 (CSEN4)
  • Open Elective 03

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM4090 Portfolio & Prof Practice
  • ARTM3130 Production for the Designer **
  • Core 13 (HIST/POL SCI)
  • Open Elective 04
  • Open Elective 05

Students wishing to pursue minors or certificates are advised to begin them no later than in their Sophomore year.
++ = courses generally offered Fall only   |   ** = courses generally offered Spring only

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Vector Illustration
Advertising Design
Advanced Typography
Major Credits
57
Communications, Media Arts, Marketing
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
30

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