Jan 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Graphic Design and Interactive Media, B.F.A.

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         Graphic Design and Interactive Media, B.F.A. 4-year sequences:


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design and Interactive Media program prepares students with the skills and flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of the graphic design and interactive media industry. UW-Stout graduates work at and have opened their own design firms nationally and globally. The success of our students is derived from a program that highlights the intersections of fine art, design, history, sustainability and a strong liberal arts education.

Developing the ability and knowledge to communicate using digital/technical communication systems and processes while understanding social, psychological and economic implications in relation to a variety of clients and design situations is a central objective of this program. Students will acquire “hands on” experience using industry standard tools, software and creative techniques, and are encouraged to participate in research projects, co-ops or study abroad programs.

A required mid-program portfolio review offers graphic design and interactive media students an assessment of their progress in foundation art and design courses. Extensive library resources and the art and design department visual resource center are significant assets. A 2.5 overall grade point average and a 2.0 or better in art and design department courses is required to complete this Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. An experiential learning component is required of all graduates of the BFA in Graphic Design and Interactive Media program, and may be successfully completed by participating in a co-op, internship, international study program, field experience or sponsored project. Graphic Design and Interactive Media students must present a portfolio of their work in the final semester as part of a public exhibition hosted by the School of Art and Design.

The BFA in Graphic Design and Interactive Media program provides students with an innovative education that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Concentration Requirements 80 credits  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses. 

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Courses must be from the areas of analytical reasoning and natural sciences. At least one mathematics or statistics course and a natural science course with a lab are required.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.​

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Concentration Requirements (80 credits)

Communication Design Concentration

Art Studio Selectives (9 credits)

Interaction Design Concentration

Advanced Topic Studios (6 credits)

Technical and Related (6 credits)

Art Studios (12 credits)