Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Graphic Design program is designed to develop in students the knowledge, skills and competencies of visual problem solving with traditional and digital tools, providing analytic research, history appreciation, and advanced studio practice.

The goals of this curriculum include hands-on learning using creative projects and exercises, technical design software applications for the exploration of design concepts, and focused instruction for student-based learning in a small art studio, classroom and guided-laboratory setting.

The Graphic Design program is distributed into three specific areas of concentration: Print Design, Illustration, and Website Design, which will result in a synthesis of specialized, professional portfolios and thesis projects relevant to enter the professional industry of graphic design.


Institutional Accreditation: Briarcliffe College is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.

Programmatic Accreditation: The Graphic Design program is not programmatically accredited.

The New York State Board of Regents also authorizes Briarcliffe to offer Diploma, Associate degree and Bachelor's degree programs.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Some of the required courses in this program include:

  • Art/Design Theory and Criticism
  • Drawing for Designers
  • Page Layout
  • Graphic Arts Production
  • Website Design
  • Visual Communications
  • Two-Dimentional Design
  • Portfolio/Resume Preparation

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