Graphic Design BFA

Program Purpose


The Graphic Design BFA program is a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students to be critical thinkers and effective visual communicators and to succeed as working professionals in the design community. Graduates learn to conceptualize and synthesize information and use design to construct meaningful dialogue. Courses are focused on the principles of design, composition, typography, branding, media design, design systems, and semiotics. Topics are presented in the light of a gospel setting, with an emphasis on design practice that is positive, authentic, expansive, enlightening, and charitable.

Learning Outcomes


Cultural Change, Context and Audience

Students will be able to recognize design as a catalyst for positive cultural change and consider the importance of context, audience, and history in their work.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 243 DESGD 340 DESGD 341 DESGD 343 DESGD 349 DESGD 440 DESGD 442 VAGD 441 VAGD 497R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Human knowledge
Design Thinking

Students will be able to create strong, conceptual work which is informed by research, design thinking, and their own personal voice.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 243 DESGD 245 DESGD 280 DESGD 340 DESGD 343 DESGD 360 DESGD 440 DESGD 442 DESGD 460 VAGD 410R VAGD 441 VAGD 497R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Effective Communication Through Design

Students will be able to create dynamic visual communications which utilize effective composition, typography, and visual form.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 243 DESGD 245 DESGD 280 DESGD 341 DESGD 343
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning
Professional Practice

Students will be able to exhibit a professional work ethic, demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively, and present themselves professionally through a well-designed portfolio and effective written and oral communication.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 280 DESGD 360 DESGD 440 DESGD 460 DESGD 488 VAGD 410R VAGD 441 VAGD 497R VAGD 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Design Impact and Sustainability

Students will be able to choose sustainable methods of working that anticipate the economic, environmental, ethical, moral, spiritual, and cross-cultural impact of their design.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 245 VAGD 441 VAGD 497R
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Lifelong learning
Design Across Media Types

Students will be able to create design solutions across multiple mediums, including print, interactive media, and film.

Courses that Contribute: DESGD 243 DESGD 245 DESGD 280 DESGD 341 DESGD 343 DESGD 360 DESGD 460 DESGD 488 VAGD 410R VAGD 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement