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The four-year B.F.A. Graphic Design program consists of an integrated, inter-disciplinary sequence that is designed to strengthen communication skills, promote teamwork and individuality, stimulate creativity, and provide both traditional and technological skills for the career-oriented student. Graphic Design students learn techniques and processes to build their portfolios with works prepared for both traditional print and new media including typography, branding and identity, promotional campaigns, publications, motion, and interactive.
Typefaces, logos, and websites, drawing, painting, and video: all part of the SASD Graphic Design Program. The program emphasizes process, real-world community projects, and skill-building toward a final self-directed project in the senior year.
Both the traditional Graphic Design program and the New Media concentration emphasize design thinking, real-world community projects, and skill-building toward a final self-directed project in the senior year.
The degree for Graphic Design is a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Graphic Design.
Both the GD and GD-NM degrees are 125 credits taken over eight semesters.
Within the structure of the curriculum, students can customize their courses with electives to focus on areas of interest text and typography, image and illustration, photography and video, for example to strengthen their skills and understanding of those facets of graphic design.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
- USD 30965 Year (National)
- USD 30965 Year (International)
Suggested course of study in SASD Graphic Design
- 3 ADSN 103 2-D Design Principles
- 3 ADSN 105 Drawing I
- 3 ADSN 119 Intro to Computer Applications I
- 3 ADSN 117 Survey of Art History I
- 3 FYS C101 First Year Seminar 15
- 3 ADSN 108 3-D Design Principles
- 3 ADSN 106 Drawing II
- 3 ADSN 219 Intro to Computer Applications II
- 3 ADSN 118 Survey of Art History II
- 3 ENG 101 Composition & Rhetoric Core
- 3 MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 18
- 3 GDSN 255 Graphic Design Studio I (Print)
- 3 ADSN 209 Painting I
- 3 ADSN 377 History of Modern Design
- 3 GDSN 204 Calligraphy & Letterforms
- 3 Soc Sci Social Science Core
- 3 Hum Humanities Core 18
- 3 GDSN 256 Graphic Design Studio II (Print)
- 3 GDSN 203 Typography
- 3 ADSN 231 Photography
- 3 ADSN 379 History of Graphic Design
- 3 ADSN 207 Illustration Studio I
- 3 Soc Sci Social Science Core 18
- 3 GDSN 305 Graphic Design Studio III (Packaging/Environmental)
- 3 ADSN 233 Motion Graphics
- 3 ADSN 225A Web Applications I
- 3 Nat Sci Natural Science Core
- 3 MCOM Elective 15
- 3 GDSN 306 Graphic Design Studio IV (Web)
- 3 GDSN 225B Web Applications II
- 3 GDSN 212 Visual Semiotics
- 3 Hum Humanities Core
- 3 Nat Sci Natural Science Core 15
- 3 GDSN 355 Graphic Design Studio V (Publishing)
- 3 ADSN/GDSN elective
- 3 GDSN 425A Design Service
- 3 Liberal Arts Elective
- 3 Caps C390 Capstone Seminar Core 15
- 3 GDSN 356 Graphic Design Studio VI (Thesis)
- 3 ADSN 304x Business Practices
- 3 MCom 339 PR & Advertising Campaigns
- 3 GDSN 425B Design Service
- 3 GDSN 398 Internship 15
SASD is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the governing body of undergraduate and graduate art and design schools.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:
1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the Universitys English Language Institute (ELI).
Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeports English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).
2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).
3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).
4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of C or better in one semester of college English Composition.
5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.
6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.
7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.
8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.
9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.
10. A level of Advanced on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.
11. An official O level or A level Certificate indicating a grade of C or better in English.
12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.
13. A score of 4 or better on the English A Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. Score of C or better on English Language exam.
15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).
You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you dont demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Alumni Study Travel Fund
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.