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Department of Art and Design
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 102
Phone: 785-628-4247
Email: Art & Design
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Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in Graphic Design

Graphic design is the process of visual communication, and problem solving through the interaction of conceptual thinking, typography, images, space, and color in order to convey information to an audience. It was created to inform, identify, and promote an idea, product, or social awareness.

The graphic design program at FHSU is the largest program in the Department of Art and Design. Taught by Professors Chaiwat Thumsujarit and Karrie Simpson Voth, it is a rigorous program nationally recognized for the high quality graduates it produces. The award-winning students who graduate from the program are able to obtain careers in the industry in the areas of graphic design, advertising, and motion graphics.

Student success is cultivated throughout all four years of a student's education and is evident in the achievement of the top awards at AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) events, DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Communications), UCDA (University and College Designers Association), Portfolio 1-on-1 (Minneapolis), and the One Club of New York among others. Our students' work has been published in the industry's leading graphic design publications Creative Quarterly Journal, PRINT and HOW Magazines, as well as receiving online features with The Die-Line and Packaging of the World.

Graduates acquire jobs at prestigious design firms and advertising agencies all over the country such as the Leo Burnett Company (Chicago), Yahoo (California), Joe Duffy and Partners (Minneapolis), and CMT (Nashville) just to name a few. Several of our students have gone on to open their own design studios as well such as Justin McClure Creative and Burley Studios, both based in Wichita.

Graduate students of the program teach in outstanding universities throughout the nation and abroad such as the University of Wyoming, University of Nebraska, Buffalo State University, Wichita State University, and Zayed University in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.

The graphic design program is very fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Leo Burnett Company of Chicago. The students not only obtain personal portfolio reviews each spring with creative executives of Leo Burnett, but also the possibility of an internship or job opportunity. Since 1995, they have provided scholarship support to graphic design students through direct scholarships as well as monies to fund supplies and equipment.

Program Summary

General Education Requirements: 55
Art & Design Program Requirements: 73 Credit Hours (Listed Below)*
*All classes listed are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise specified.

Core Requirements - 39 hours
ART 101 Drawing I
ART 102 Drawing II
ART 103 Basic Design
ART 104 3-D Design/Crafts
ART 201 Survey of Art History
ART 310 Figure Drawing
Three 400-level Art History courses

Choose four courses from studio or design areas, excluding major electives.
Studio Areas
ART 220 Introduction to Painting
ART 230 Sculpture
ART 250 Printmaking
ART 260 Ceramics

Design Areas
ART 243 Graphic Design
ART 244 Creative Photography
200-level Interior Design

Graphic Design Major Electives - 34 hours
ART 243 Graphic Design
ART 245 Computer Assisted Graphic Design
ART 335 Book Design
ART 347 Graphic Design II
ART 348 Typography
ART 490 History of Graphic Design
ART 647 Graphic Design III
ART 648 Portfolio
ART 649 Graphic Design Internship (1 Credit Hour)
ART 650 Professional Development in Graphic Design
ART 651 Digital Media I
ART 652 Digital Media II

Total Credit Hours: 128

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