BFA Graphic Design Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program will develop students creatively efficient and technically proficient in graphic design, web design, mobile & responsive design, digital video production, and motion graphics. The North Coast College’s graphic design students will value the convergent nature of design and business in the 21st Century, the creative power of divergent idea generation, and the unlimited potential of collaboration. Their exposure to experiential learning, total emersion training, and the entrepreneurial mindset, will develop their fluid intelligence, enhance their critical thinking, and ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.

The program covers eight semesters taken through 48 months; however, the program can be completed in 36 months by attending year-round

BFA Graphic Design Program Outline


Semester 1


ENGL101 Foundation of Written Communication 3
ARTS103 Color Theory and Design Principles 3
GDES103 Graphic Design: Preparation 3
GDES105 Graphic Design: Incubation 3
CDEV119 Career Development Seminar I 3
Total 15

Semester 2


ENGL102 Verbal Communications of Visual Concepts 3
MTH143 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy 3
HUM216 History of Art I 3
GDES102 Digital Video: Preparation 3
GDES110 Digital Video: Incubation 3
Total 15

Semester 3


CUL310 Idea Generation and Applied Creativity 3
MTH343 Functional Math 3
GDES204 Graphic Design: Primer (Typography) 3
GDES224 Graphic Design: Insights (Logos, Symbols, and Icons) 3
GDES237 Digital Video: Primer (Cinematography, Lighting, and Sound) 3
Total 15

Semester 4


SS121 Emotional Intelligence 3
HUM316 History of Art II 3
BUSN101 Principles of Marketing 3
GDES210 Graphic Design: Insights (Advertising & Business Graphics) 3
GDES220 Digital Video: insights (Commercial Media & Corporate Productions) 3
Total 15

Semester 5


BUSN210 Financial Accounting for Entrepreneurs 3
SS370 Organizational Behavior 3
GDES310 Graphic Design: Insights (Product & Packaging) 3
GDES320 Digital Video: Insights (Motion Graphics) 3
GDES321 Graphic Design: Evaluation (Portfolio & Capstone Preparation) 3
GDES321 Graphic Design: Evaluation (Portfolio & Capstone Preparation) 3
Total 15

Semester 6


SCI301 Physics & Art 3
GDES311 Graphic Design: Insights (Writing for Engagement) 3
GDES315 Graphic Design: Insights (Designing for Interaction) 3
GD General Education Elective 3
GDES Graphic Design Elective 3
Total 15

Semester 7


BUSN280 Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Opportunities 3
SCI401 Neuroscience of Creativity 3
GDES410 Graphic Design: Insights (Signage, Wayfinding and Environmental Design) 3
GDES420 Digital Video: Insights (Short Film & Documentary) 3
GDES Graphic Design Elective 3
Total 15

Semester 8


CDEV419 Career Development Internship 3
SS450 Globalization 3
GDES440 Graphic Design: Elaboration (Personal Branding & Portfolio Completion) 3
GDES450 Graphic Design: Evolution (Capstone) 3
General Education Elective 3
Total 15

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