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    Jul 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Arts B.F.A, with Illustration Concentration


Graphic Arts B.F.A.


The Graphic Arts degree offers students a sequence of rigorous courses that balance critical thinking and pragmatic experience, complemented by the enriched experience of the liberal arts environment of the University of South Florida.

Graphic artists develop the images that give voice to the world around us. Using their raw materials - the ability to think, draw, write, speak and design - students learn the skills to solve specific visual problems. The study of typography, design concepts, and digital technology develops an understanding of the tradition, practice, and process of graphic design.

This program guides students in building the imagination, aesthetic sensitivity, and powers of critical thought required to succeed as visual communicators. The curriculum emphasizes expertise in image development, typography, print and screen-based graphics, and interactive design. The program prepares students for the rigor of professional design practice through an internship program, courses in production, and portfolio development. Additionally, students design, organize and promote an exhibition of their final senior project.

Limited Access


The Graphic Arts B.F.A. program requires a portfolio submission, along with completion of the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites.  Completion of each common prerequisite with a minimum grade of C- is required, along with a 3.25 GPA. An overall 2.5 GPA is another requirement for admission into the program.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Graduation Requirements


3.25 Major GPA required for graduation.  All major specific coursework must be C- or higher to count in the major.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students should be aware that by university regulation they are obligated to establish academic residency by completing the equivalent of one academic year (30 semester hours) in “on-campus” courses.

All undergraduate transfer students electing Graphic Arts as their major will be required, moreover, to take a minimum of 30 credit hours in major coursework at the University of South Florida.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

  • ART X300 – 3 credit hours 
  • ART X201 – 3 credit hours 
  • DIG X000 or ART X602 or GRA X143C or ART X600 – 3 credit hours 
  • ARH X053 or ARH X051 or ARH XXXX – 3 credit hours 
  • ART X301 or ART X203 or PGY X101 or ART X330C or PGY X401 – 3 credit hours 
  • GRA X111 or GRA X190 – 3 credit hours 
  • GRA XXXX or GRA X208 or DIG X025 – 3 credit hours 

Completion of each common prerequisite with a minimum grade of C- is required, along with a 3.25 GPA.

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Major Requirements (66 credit hours)


Major Foundation (Required) Courses (8 courses; 24 credit hours)


Students are required to take the Major Foundation Courses prior to registering for upper-level major coursework.

Note: Students transferring from a Florida College System institution may have fulfilled some or all of these requirements through the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites.

Illustration Concentration Requirements (18 Credit Hours)


All students in the Illustration Concentration must complete the following:

Concentration Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)


Printmaking Course (3 credits)


Choose one course from the following Printmaking courses (3 credit hours):

Concentration Electives (6 Credit Hours)


Choose 6 credit hours from the following list of courses:

Graphic Arts B.F.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


  • Best attempted grade calculated in major GPA.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Minimum Major GPA of 3.25.
  • All Studio Art, Art History, and Graphic Art coursework must maintain 3.25 GPA.

Grading Requirements


A grade of C- or better is required for all major-specific and common prerequisite coursework.  

Other Program Information


  • Ten piece portfolio submission is required during the spring semester of student’s second year. 
  • Students are expected to have all prerequisite coursework completed prior to admission into the program.
  • Portfolio evaluation is subject to Department review.
  • Students are required to take the Major Foundation courses prior to registering for upper-level major coursework.
  • After the annual portfolio review, if the student is not accepted into the Graphic Arts program, they have the following options:
    • Reapply the following year after refining their drafting skills and exploring more conceptual aspects to their work; or
    • Explore the following majors: B.F.A in Studio Art; B.A. in Studio Art; or B.A. in Art History.
      • If the student wishes to reapply, they should meet with Amanda Timmers Bonvallet, Graphic Arts Advisor:
        • Location Davis Hall (DAV) Room 134
        • Email:  Amanda Timmers Bonvallet: atimmers@usf.edu
        • Phone: 727-873-4004
      • If they wish to transfer to the other degrees mentioned they should contact Rachel Lynch, Studio Art & Art History Advisor.

        • Email:  Rachel Lynch: rhedrick@usf.edu

        • Phone: Student Services (Advising): 813-974-3660

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


ART 4940 - Art and Art History Internship  is the internship course students are required to take within their concentration.

Advising Information


Location Davis Hall (DAV) room 134
Contact person(s):  Amanda Timmers Bonvallet
Email:  atimmers@usfsp.edu or atimmers@usf.edu
Phone: 727-873-4004

4 Year Plan of Study - Graphic Arts B.F.A.


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Production Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Freelance Illustrator

Potential Entry Level Salary

Range; $35,000 - $50,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


NOTE: Junior & Senior year are limited access by invite only after faculty portfolio review.

Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Concentration Course #4 varies (see Advisor) Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Graphic Arts B.F.A.


NOTES:

Limited Access:

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed along with portfolio submission and faculty invitation to complete 2-year upper-level curriculum.
  • By invite only after faculty portfolio review.

Note: ART 4940 - Art and Art History Internship  is required for Graphic Arts B.F.A., with Graphic Design concentration.

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


*Note: Students may not need Unrestricted Elective to 120.  Please see Advisor to review transfer credits if applied and if unrestricted elective credit is required.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


*Note: Students may not need Unrestricted Elective to 120.  Please see Advisor to review transfer credits if applied and if unrestricted elective credit is required.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • ✳️GRA 4953 - Senior Project: Research  Credit(s): 3 
  • Concentration Course #5 varies (see Advisor) Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective varies (see Advisor) Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective to 120* varies, if needed (see Advisor) Credit(s): 3

*Note: Students may not need Unrestricted Elective to 120.  Please see Advisor to review transfer credits if applied and if unrestricted elective credit is required.

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


*Note: Students may not need Unrestricted Elective to 120.  Please see Advisor to review transfer credits if applied and if unrestricted elective credit is required.

Total Credit Hours: 12