Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design focuses on intensive work in art and design supported by a program of general studies.
The Learning Objectives for the BFA in Graphic Design are:
- Ability to solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, and prototyping.
- Ability to describe and respond to the audiences and contexts including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
- Ability to create and develop visual form in response to communication problems.
- Ability to effectively use typography and typographic principles.
- Fluency with the elements of design and the principles of organization, including color theory, composition, perspective, etc.
- Understanding information hierarchy, symbolic representation, and aesthetics.
- Ability to create and develop meaningful and original imagery.
- Have an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of vital messages. Relevant tools include but not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography and time-based and interactive media.
- Understanding design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives, including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.
- Understanding the basic business practices, including the ability to organize projects and work productively as a member of teams.
Laptop and Software Requirements
15" MacBook Pro
- 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
- Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
- 16GB 2133MHz memory
- 512GB of storage
- Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB memory
- Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Touch Bar and Touch ID
Adobe Creative Cloud
External Hard Drive with Time Machine
Admission to the undergraduate program is possible either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student from a recognized college. Undergraduate admissions are processed and managed by the University.
Recently, the University has been designated as an impacted campus, altering the admissions process by instituting required filing periods and giving priority to students based on their geographical proximity to campus. This has limited enrollment of students who would have previously been admitted to the University.
Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, is subject to the standard admissions requirements of Cal Poly Pomona.
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Generally, admission of undergraduate students from high school to the university is determined by a formula that combines the high school grade point average and ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score. In general, students in approximately the upper third of the high school graduating class are eligible for admission.
Freshman applicants must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements to be considered for admission. If you meet the minimum CSU requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that may vary depending on the academic major you have chosen.
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Admission of transfer students from community colleges is based on college grade point averages. As of fall 2004 admissions, the University is only accepting upper division transfers.
Upper division transfers must complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable coursework, including 30 semester (45 quarter) units of courses equivalent to general education requirements, with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring quarter to be considered for the next fall quarter.
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Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.
Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.
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Total curriculum must include 60 units of upper division courses. A grade of C- or better is required in major courses. Many courses are available for the general university student.