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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. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAGD 331 - Typography and Language2
GD 332 - Design in Cultural Context3
GD 345 - Core Studio I: Design and Methodology3
RELATED AREACT 321 - Print and Digital Production2
CT 371 - Introduction to Kinetic Typography3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements/Art History*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAGD 333 - Typeface Design2
GD 346 - Core Studio II: Design and Culture3
choice - see Requirements/Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREACT 341 - Design for Web-based User Interface3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAGD 444 - Core Studio III: Design and Innovation3
GD 461 - Professional Preparation2
GD 491 - Senior Thesis Research3
choice - see Requirements/Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements/Related Area Electives***2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAGD 492 - Senior Thesis Project3
GD 493 - Internship4
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL ELECTIVE(S)choice of General Elective(s)2
 Total Credits: 62

Fall 2018 Requirements:  see below

* Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • History of Art: 6 credits. CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9) and one (1) additional HA course. See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.

  • Liberal Arts electives: 12 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas:  CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film and Media) - any FI course other than FI 261, 361, 362, 461, and 462FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Math), LA (Liberal Arts), MC (Modern Languages and Cultures), PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.

**Major Area Electives: 4 credits 
Choose from GD 334GD 335GD 347, or GD 361

***Related Area Electives:  2 credits  
CHOICE of any one or two elective course(s) in Art and Design (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 2 credits

If you are a high school student

You may not apply directly to the bachelor's degree program. High school students should apply to FIT's two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program in Communication Design and after completing that degree apply to the two-year bachelor's program.

Applicants to this program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

If you have credits or a degree from another college 

You may apply to the two-year Graphic Design BFA program as a transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • you will have an associates or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in a program that is equivalent to the FIT Communication Design AAS program
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent program at a regionally accredited college.

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as the FIT Communication Design AAS program. Applicants from college programs that are not equivalent must apply to the Communication Design AAS program. 

Applicants to this program will be expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

Please note that FIT AAS students receive priority admissions consideration.

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