Graphic Design BFA Degree Program

School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 24515     HEGIS 1009

The Graphic Design major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume entry-level design positions in fashion, retailing, publishing, nonprofit organizations, and innovative design firms.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAGD 311 - Graphic Design I3
GD 342 - Publication Design3
RELATED AREACD 371 - Advanced Typography I1.5
CD 441 - Broadcast Design2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYSS 334 - The Psychology of Color3
choice - see Liberal Arts Elective*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAGD 312 - Graphic Design II3
GD 344 - Graphic Design in Digital Media2
RELATED AREACD 322 - Design Process Technology2
CD 361 - Professional Practices2
CD 372 - Advanced Typography II1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYEN 322 - Writing in the Art and Design Professions3
choice - see History of Art and Civilization*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAGD 441 - Environmental Graphics2
GD 411 - Graphic Design III3
RELATED AREAAD 494 - Senior Design Project Research3
AD 496 - Advanced Advertising Design Workshop3
TD 303 - Screen Printing with Typographic Imagery1.5
DD 231 - Color Production Techniques for Digital Prepress2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see American History* G103
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAGD 414 - Graphic Design for Packaging2
RELATED AREAAD 464 - Senior Portfolio Design1.5
AD 491 - Internship4
AD 495 - Senior Design Project3
CD 442 - Senior 3D Presentation Design1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
 Total Credits: 64.5

*Fall 2014 Requirements:  See below.

FIT's General Education courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

Liberal Arts Elective: 3 credits
CHOICE of any non-HA liberal arts course.

American History: 3 credits
CHOICE of any non-HA course that meets the General Education American History requirement (G10).

Foreign Language:
The Gen. Ed. Foreign Language requirement (G8) has been waived for the Graphic Design major.

History of Art and Civilization: 3 credits
CHOICE of any HA course not previously taken or required.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of HA 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, or any other HA course that meets the General Education requirement for Other World Civilizations (G9).

Evening/Weekend Option:
A five-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see the Curricula or visit the FIT website at The sequence of courses varies slightly from that listed on this page.

NOTE: SS 131 must be completed prior to entering this program.


GD 202 — Designing Identities

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students develop graphic identities that creatively reflect the essence of a corporation. They expand on the graphic identity with applications specific to the client's needs, including stationery and signage, vehicles, and uniforms.
Prerequisite(s): GD 216.

GD 214 — The Corporate Image

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Students develop corporate identity using logotype and logomark, with an emphasis on exploring creative solutions that define a corporate image. The logo application is extended to a complete corporate business system and finished to presentation form.
Prerequisite(s): CD 112.

GD 216 — Foundation in Graphic Design

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course introduces the field of graphic design with an emphasis on the rapidly-evolving role of the profession. Graphic design processes are examined, including principles of design, grid systems, typography, and hierarchy, as they pertain to design, and the creation of a complete visual message.
Prerequisite(s): (for two-year Communication Design Foundation students) CD 215, CD 232, and CD 273
Co-requisite(s): (for one-year Communication Design Foundation students) DE 216.

GD 232 — Survey of Graphic Design

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Traces the development of modern graphic design. Significant stylistic trends and influences are analyzed and compared. The processes used by major designers to realize design solutions are examined. The people, processes, and products involved in the development of modern graphic design are explored.

GD 235 — Survey of Graphic Design

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

For one-year AAS Communication Design students. Surveys visual communication from its earliest forms to its present visualized conceptions. Emphasizes links between society and the evolution of visual communication. Analyzes and compares major stylistic trends and influences.

GD 243 — Website Design and Production

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students design and produce their own websites using computer markup languages. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the fundamentals of web design, including XHTML, CSS, and animation.

GD 244 — Introduction to Web Design

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students acquire a fundamental understanding of internet technology and attain basic web design skills. Topics addressed include hypertext markup language, cascading style sheets, digital imaging for the web, email marketing and the principles of web design.
Prerequisite(s): CD 126 or CD 225.

GD 311 — Graphic Design I

3 credits; 6 lab hours

In this comprehensive approach to the study of graphic communication, students develop an understanding of the inventive potential of form and message to create a visual language by analyzing, researching, and organizing information. (G6: Arts)
Prerequisite(s): CD 217 or (for Communication Design one-year students) CD 216.

GD 312 — Graphic Design II

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Students examine the analytical process used in visual problem solving and its role as a tool in communicating information. Students conceptualize and develop a visual campaign for a museum or institution and apply their designs comprehensively using a variety of media. (G6: Arts)
Prerequisite(s): CD 371 and GD 311.

GD 317 — Designing with Digital Imagery

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

GD 342 — Publication Design

3 credits; 6 lab hours

The conceptual and technical abilities required to design magazines and other publications are emphasized. Students learn the impact of marketing objectives, research, and technology on publication design.
Prerequisite(s): CD 217 or (for Communication Design Foundation one-year students) CD 216.

GD 344 — Graphic Design in Digital Media

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Advanced use of technology in graphic design with an emphasis on the visual, technical, and organizational makeup of an interface. Students explore ways to create and communicate utilizing the principles of interactivity, hypermedia, and time-based media.
Prerequisite(s): CD 441.

GD 401 — Graphic Design for Advertising

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Students learn the systems and principles of graphic design and develop analytical abilities for visual problem solving in advertising.
Co-requisite(s): AD 481.

GD 402 — Signage and Graphics

1 credit; 2 lab hours

For Interior Design students. Examines the design of signage and graphics as elements of architectural and interior environments and exhibition areas.

GD 407 — Graphic Design for Toy Designers

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

Examines conceptual and executional skills of the designer, with emphasis on effective problem solving in graphic design.
Prerequisite(s): TY 313.

GD 411 — Graphic Design III

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Students build on their cognitive abilities and visual problem solving skills by developing innovative products. Students are encouraged to incorporate new technologies and materials into their designs.
Prerequisite(s): CD 372 and GD 312.

GD 414 — Graphic Design for Packaging

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Application of images and type to packaging design is studied. Various types of packaging, printing, and fabrication methods, as well as regulatory guidelines, are explored.
Prerequisite(s): CD 371 and GD 311.

GD 441 — Environmental Graphics

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

An introduction to environmental graphic design that examines the basic concepts, language, materials, and processes necessary to solve communication problems in the built environment. Students work with scale, read plans, and construct models, as well as shape, volume, and form. They gain familiarity with traditional materials for fabrication and graphic production, and new and emerging electronic techniques.
Prerequisite(s): CD 372 and GD 311.

GD 442 — Design and Interaction

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course emphasizes the human-centered design process and introduces important aspects of interface design. Key topics are introduced, including communication theory, user research and concept evaluation methods, visualization and navigation through information spaces, time-based information, paper prototyping, and usability testing.