BFA Graphic Design Track2022-03-28T17:10:15+00:00

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts: Graphic Design Track

Application Deadline for Spring 2023 – October 15, 2022


The BFA in Digital Arts: Graphic Design Track provides an intensive program of study in contemporary design strategies and theory. The curriculum includes design and typography courses with an emphasis on mobility, strategic branding and social media in a network economy. This degree track capitalizes on a strong base in fine arts and innovative design courses where students will master a strong foundation in design and become proficient designers sought by multiple disciplines, industries, and professions.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet University minimum admission requirements. Candidates for the BFA in Digital Arts: Graphic Design Track will be required to submit electronically a portfolio of their works with a short statement.A departmental committee will review the portfolios. The focus of the review will be on quality work, technical ability, and consistency. This will assist the program to better advise students in a course sequence designed for student success. The department utilizes the service for the portfolio submissions.

For transfer students, no more than 60 credits can be transferred into the BFA program.  For current FIU art students who are interested in the BFA program, no more than 60 credits can be earned at the time of application deadline (February 15 for Fall / October 15 for Spring).

Degree Program Hours: 120

Transfer students can verify prerequisites by visiting FIU Transfer and Transition Services – Transfer Guides

For a complete list of requirements and courses, visit: Undergraduate Art + Art History Course Catalog 2021-22

FIU Undergraduate Admissions online visit: Apply to FIU

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline for Fall Semester – February 15

Application Deadline for Spring Semester – October 15

Portfolio Requirements:

Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Images must be in 300 dpi JPEG format and videos in Mp4 or Mov format. All artwork must include the following information at the bottom of the artwork as part of the file uploaded:

  • Title
  • Dimensions / Duration
  • Medium
  • Date produced

Portfolio of work – 20 images

Option 1

• 5 images of observational drawings and/or figurative drawings.
• 15 images representing skill and creativity in graphic design arts such as: print design, web design, mobile apps, typography, branding and social media marketing.

Option 2

• 20 images of applicant’s best artwork representing skill and creativity.

Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Once admission decision is made, applicants will be notified shortly after.

Submit BFA Portfolio via

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline for Fall Semester – February 15

Application Deadline for Spring Semester – October 15

Academic Standards

To progress into upper-division BFA in Digital Arts: Graphic Design Track courses, students must complete the four lower division foundation courses (12 credits) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or greater in two attempts or fewer.

These courses include:

  • ART 1201C 2D Design
  • ART 1203C 3D Design
  • ART 2300C Beginning Drawing
  • ART 2330C Beginning Figure Drawing

Drops after the add/drop period, which result in a DR grade are considered an attempt in the course and count as an unsuccessful enrollment. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will be advised to change major to other degrees such as BA in Art History or BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Common Prerequisite Courses and Equivalencies

FIU Course(s) Equivalent Course(s)
MAC 1105 MACX140 or MACX105
ARH 2050 ARHX0504
ARH 2051 ARHX0514
ART 1203C ARTX202 or ARTX203 or ARTXXXX2
ART 2300C ARTX300
ART 2330C ARTX301 or ARTX3303
  1. 2D
  2. Design II, 3D
  3. Figure drawing
  4. All courses except ARHX050 and ARHX051 require a “C” or higher.

Courses which form part of the statewide articulation between the State University System and the Florida College System will fulfill the Lower Division Common Prerequisites. Please visit for a current list of state-approved common prerequisites.

Lower Division Requirements 24 Credits
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
ARH 2050 Art History Survey I 3
ARH 2051 Art History Survey II 3
ART 1201C 2-D Design 3
ART 1203C 3-D Design 3
ART 2300C Beginning Drawing 3
ART 2300C Beginning Figure Drawing 3
CGS 2518 Computer Data Analysis or
COP 2250 Java Programming

Upper Division Requirements 60 Credits
ARH 4450 Modern Art* 3
ARH 4470 Contemporary Art – GL* 3
ARH 4724 History of Graphic Design 3
ART 2602C Digital Imaging* 3
ART 2608C Digital Media Foundation* 3
ART 3820 Research & Development* 3
ART 3822 Creative Practice* 3
ART 4660C Digital Art Presentation 3
GRA 2106C Typography 3
GRA 2111 Graphic Design I 3
GRA 2151C Illustration 3
GRA 3803C Design for Mobility 3
GRA 3817 Graphic Design II 3
GRA 4818 Graphic Design III 3
GRA 4189C Thesis I/Portfolio 3
GRA 4940 Graphic Design Internship 3
PGY 2800C Beginning Digital Photography 3
 Advisor Approved Electives 9

* Indicates courses common across tracks within BFA Digital Arts degree.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Art + Art History or the FIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Department of Art + Art History
Florida International University
VH 216, Modesto A. Maidique Campus – Miami, Florida 33199
Tel: (305)-348-2897

Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Coordinator of Academic Support Services
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-6648 Email:

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor III
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-2897 Email:

Lauren Gentile

Lauren Gentile
Academic Advisor II
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-2897 Email:

FIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659003, Miami, Florida 33265
Tel: (305)-348-2363