Jun 13, 2024  
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art - Graphic Design (Accelerated B.F.A./M.F.A.)

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This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design during their junior year. Students interested in the ABM program should talk with their adviser as early in their studies as possible and apply before they have completed 75 credit hours.

Working with the undergraduate adviser and the graphic design graduate coordinator, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.F.A. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.F.A.

To apply, students should have a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average and a 3.5 in their major, and then must submit a copy of their transcript and two reference letters from Department of Art faculty to the graphic design graduate coordinator. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graphic design graduate coordinator.

Up to 12 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Note that the Humanities category is satisfied for art students who meet all B.F.A. in Art requirements by taking two of the following three courses:

The Major (79 hours)

Major Core (Foundation in Art) (12 hours)


Art majors must be formally accepted into a concentration. Admission to the University and completion of foundation art courses do not guarantee placement in a concentration. Admission is selective and is based on a portfolio evaluation that reflects professional standards and meets concentration expectations. Space availability may also affect admission decisions. A concentration entrance application and a portfolio should be submitted upon completion of foundation courses (ART 1210, ART 1215, ART 1311, ART 1314) plus additional concentration-specific courses (see concentration areas for these courses). The portfolio includes, but is not limited to, artwork from these courses. Guidelines and application forms for concentration admission are available in the department office and from faculty advisors. Consultation with a faculty adviser is recommended before or during portfolio preparation. Transfer students must meet concentration entrance requirements. After review, the department notifies the student of one of the following: (1) acceptance, (2) recommendation to correct deficiencies and reapply, or (3) denial of admission

Graphic Design (67 hours):

Art History (9 hours)

  • ART 6224 - History Graphic Design Credit Hours: (3)
  • 2 upper division art history courses


  • COMM 4850  may be substituted for one art history course

Completion of Concentration (39 hours)

Art Electives (9 hours)

Art electives complete the 79 hours of professional course work.


For the B.F.A. in Art, a total of 120 semester hours is required, 85 of which must be in professional course work that includes two courses from among ARTH 2010, 2020 or 2030. A minimum of 42 upper division semester hours is required for the degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for the major and all required courses for the Art major must have a minimum grade of “C-.”

Typical 4-Year ABM Graphic Design Concentration Sequence

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 27 hrs

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

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