BFA in ART: Graphic Design Specialization

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Program Overview

The professional undergraduate degree in the graphic design specialization is structured to provide in-depth, formal education that will prepare students for entry into professional practice. Design graduates develop strategies and skills to address appropriate visual and experiential communication solutions incorporating context, discerning complexity, designing with and for people, applying technology and developing research. Course subject matter includes typography, print publications, branding, logo design, digital photography, web design, motion design, animation and interactive/mobile applications. The intellectual and aesthetic principles of the program addresses a wide range of current media forms, while preparing students to utilize emerging technology and design strategies as the industry continues to grow in the future. . Students complete their education with client-based projects preparing them for future employment and simulating a contemporary studio environment. An internship requirement exposes students to the professional workplace. The philosophy of the design program is to create leaders in the design community who can originate, develop and produce a wide range of messages in any media. The graphic design program follows the guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Freshman Year

All freshman students interested in a the BFA program will enter in their declared major of choice as a candidate. After the successful completion of the first year curriculum, students will have the opportunity to be admitted into a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program by a portfolio review. For students choosing to not pursue a BFA, they will remain as a BA in Art major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Professional undergraduate degrees in art and design, designated as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), develop the student’s knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional practice in art and design. Graduates exhibit technical competence, broad knowledge of art/design, integration of art/design knowledge and skills, and an insight into art and design’s intellectual and cultural role. Students are admitted to the program through a comprehensive review and selective assessment from Bachelor of Art in Art candidates. The art programs follow the guidelines established by the Nation Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



Art Education (ARTE), Graphic Design (GRD) and Studio Art (STA) majors have a Design Technology Requirement, applicable prior to beginning ART 107 Digital Fundamentals. The requirement for Graphic Design majors is necessary for all remaining design courses. 


ORU offers several scholarships for current students. Please visit Financial Assistance site for more information. A scholarship of particular interest to art majors is the Gloria B. Scholarship Fund.

ORU Art Programs Talent Award Scholarships are renewable for up to four years in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Eligible applicants must be an incoming freshman or transfer student. Recipients must remain an art education, graphic design or studio art major and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Application Procedure:

  • Create a digital portfolio with a minimum of ten (10) examples of your best work. Recommended sites for no-cost portfolio hosting include Carbonmade and Behance.
  • Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  • Complete the online application with a link to your online portfolio site and your letter. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.

In recognition of scholarship, artistic ability, leadership, and ORU lifestyle commitment, the art program annually honors outstanding students by the presentation of awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior Art Student of the Year given in the following areas BFA in ART: art education, graphic design, and studio art specializations and the BA in Art.



The school provides student use of facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital graphic design.

  • The Douglass Latta Computer lab with drawing tablets, video cameras, digital still cameras and lenses, audio-video projection system, a color laser printer and a large format inkjet color printer. Additional adjacent spaces house multiple Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters..
  • Three ceramic kilns, glaze room 
  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Art education classroom
  • Etching, relief press and print shop
  • Sculpture shop with welding and casting equipment
  • Teaching Gallery



With a BFA degree in Graphic Design Specialization some career options include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Motion Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Marketing
  • Mass Media Communications
  •  Visual Communicator
  • Identity Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Brand Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Media Designer
  • Entertainment Designer
  • Experience Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Design Manager
  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Design Instructor


What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Graduates aspire to use the technical and intellectual skills learned at ORU to participate in the professional workplace. Students are prepared to self-motivate and self-educate as necessary to adapt to the unknown future technology or society may bring.

Course Offerings Include

• Fundamentals of Art
• Art History
• Drawing
• Graphic Design I-IV
• Typography
• Digital Photography
• Web Design
• Motion Design
• Graphic Design Studio
• Senior Project
• Practicum Infield Study
• Graphic Design History
• Illustration

Degree Plans

Current degree plan for this major is available for download.


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