Female student uses computer in graphic design studio

Visual Communication

Our graphic design curriculum explores visual communication through creative problem solving. Students explore principles of visual literacy, typography and layout design by completing projects on logo design, branding, editorial design, illustration, publication design, packaging design and interactive design. Classes are taught in a Macintosh computer lab with high-resolution scanners, laser and inkjet printers. All projects are completed using both hands on technical skills and Adobe software with emphasis on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver.

Graphic Design for non-majors: Graphic Design Minor

Graphic Design Student Work

Foundation Program

All incoming students who wish to enter the BFA programs of study are required to complete the 18 hour Foundation Program, then enroll in and successfully complete ART 200-Foundation Portfolio Review.

Until students have successfully completed the Foundation Portfolio Review, their advising transcripts will include a designation PRE-Fine Arts which serves to aid in advising and denotes what area of study the student is interested in pursuing. Freshman art students are encouraged to take the Foundation coursework over their first year at The W. Entering freshmen will be eligible for Portfolio Review after completing or in the semester in which they will complete their Foundation art courses (ART 103, ART 104, ART 105, ART 106, ART 107, ART 195). Students who have transferred all equivalent Foundation courses listed above from other institutions will complete one full semester of coursework at The W before their Portfolio Review.

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Portfolio Review

All PRE-Fine Arts students are required to enroll in ART 200 The Portfolio Review Course as well as submit a portfolio of work from foundation art courses to be reviewed by the art faculty. This review is essential to gauge students’ potential for success, evaluate their mastery of fundamental skills, and provide an opportunity for reflection through self-assessment, all of which are necessary in order to face the challenges of upper-level coursework. Students will be advised the semester before they are eligible for the Portfolio Review to enroll in ART 200 and will be given more complete instructions at that time. If deferred, students are allowed to reapply only once to pass the Portfolio Review, and this reapplication must be in the student’s next semester at The W.

BFA Fine Arts - Graphic Emphasis Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

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Art Core Curriculum

All Art students must complete the Art Core. The Art Core is a broad survey of foundational, art mediums, and art history courses that are fundamental to the education of an artist.

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Emphasis Curriculum

  • ART 212 - Art History Survey II
  • ART 260 - Illustration I
  • ART 261 - Typography
  • ART 262 - Graphic Design I
  • ART 321 - Digital Photography
  • ART 360 - Illustration II
  • ART 361 - History of Graphic Design
  • ART 362 - Graphic Design II
  • ART 395 - Web Design
  • ART 352 - Graphic Design Internship
  • ART 462 - Advanced Graphic Design

Select two Art Electives: (6 Semester Hours) (any course with ART prefix)

Participation in:

  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
  • Senior Exhibition

Total Hours Required for BFA in Fine Arts: 124 Semester hours

Exhibition Seminar

All freshman, sophomore, and junior art majors are required to enter artwork in the Annual MUW Juried Student Exhibition. ART 199 Exhibition Seminar Exhibition Seminar, a zero-credit course, serves as record of participation with students graded as Pass/Fail. A student that fails the Exhibition Seminar will be required to exhibit work at an alternate location in order to have the grade changed to pass.