Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program at LTU provides students with a comprehensive experience in the dynamic field of graphic design, ranging from print media to the latest innovations in interactive and time-based projects. 

The curriculum encourages students to explore the connection between intellectual inquiry, creativity and hands-on making. Studies in literature, the sciences, philosophy, history and math build a cultural awareness that informs design decisions and artistic expression.

Emphasis is placed on helping our students develop a distinctive point of view for their creative activities. The program culminates with a thesis project and public exhibition, where students develop an investigative body of work that focuses on their individual interests within the field. Internship opportunities further prepare students with the knowledge, skillset and experiences for professional practice.

Careers in Graphic Design

Our program prepares students to work in a range of areas, including art direction, mobile media development, design strategy, user experience/user interface design (UX/UI), interaction design, brand design, advertising, publishing, marketing, web design, animation and motion graphics.


Haley Hysell

Kandra Hutchison

Admissions + Curriculum

Admission into the Graphic Design program follows the University’s admission criteria. Portfolios are not required for admission.

For specific Graphic Design program questions, contact the Chair of Art and Design, Steve Rost, at srost@ltu.edu, or Graphic Design Director, Lilian Crum, at lcrum@ltu.edu.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

Total Semester Credit Hours: 125

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
ART 1113

Basic Design 1

3
ART 2113

Life Drawing

3
ARC 1012

Art and Design Awareness

2
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ART 2813

Digital Foundations

3
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
ART 2413

Typography

3
MCS 1254

Geometry in Art

4
ART 1133

Basic Design 2

3
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
ART 3413

Typography 2

3
ART 3633

Traditions of Art 1

3
ART 2523

Graphic Design 1

3
PSY 1213

Introductory Psychology

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
COM 2103

Technical and Prof. Communication

3
ART 3643

Traditions of Art 2

3
ART 3513

Graphic Design 2

3
ART 2623

Motion Graphics

3
Total Credit Hours 15

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. Lecture

3
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. Lab

1
ART 3523

Graphic Design 3

3
ART 3563

History of Graphic Design

3
ART 3213

Sculpture

3
ART 3023

Photography

3
COM 3000

Writing Proficiency Exam

0
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
MGT/MKT/INT/ACC/HRM

2xx3 or 3xx3 elective

3
ART 3323

Portfolio Design

3
ART 4513

Graphic Design 4

3
ART 3033

Digital Photography

3
ART 3043

Video Imaging

3
ART 3343

New Media

3
Total Credit Hours 18
   
SUMMER Co-op 0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ART 4514

Graphic Design Thesis 1

4
ART 4612

Senior Seminar 1

2
ART 4922

Internship Studies

2
ART/GAM/ARC/ARI/ATD/IDD

2000-4000 level History elective

3
LLT/SSC/PSY 3xx3 or 4xx3

Junior/Senior elective

3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

3
ART 4524

Graphic Design Thesis 2

4
GAM/ART/ARC/ARI/IDD/ATD

1000-4000 level

3
ART 4622

Senior Seminar 2

2
1000-4000 Level

Open (University-wide) elective

3
Total Credit Hours 15
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