Graphic Design Program
The Graphic Design Program educates students in the art and science of visual communication, stressing the professional aspects of design. The Graphic Design Program at UCF trains students to combine technology with aesthetics in the production of typographic and publication design, identity systems, packaging, film and broadcast graphics, posters, interactive and web design.
The UCF Graphic Design specialization is a two year program that is part of the Emerging Media track offered through the UCF School of Visual Art & Design. Students must first apply and be admitted to the University. After completing the required courses in Art Foundation and Digital Media courses Sophomore candidates must then submit a written application and a portfolio consisting of no more than 15 works presented in a professional manner. The program is competitive and acceptance is based on the quality of the work and completion of the prerequisite courses needed to enter this specialization. Academic requirements of the university must be met as well. Applications and portfolios are taken once a year during the Spring semester. Accepted candidates enter the program beginning the next regular Fall semester.
The program begins with intermediate level courses placing an emphasis on content, design methods and software applications. These are GRA 3102c-Intermediate Graphic Design l and GRA 3112c-Intermediate Graphic Design ll. Various methods of visual communication are explored and assignments are given with emphasis on craftsmanship, problem solving and personal expression. Also required is GRA 3803c-Intermediate Computer Graphics which concentrates specifically on Web Design and Development.
The second year, starts with courses that concentrate on various type of design problems associated with campaign driven projects and finishes with the student undertaking a sustained individual project that concentrates on the development of a professional portfolio. These courses are GRA 4196c-Advanced Graphic Design and GRA 4197c-Special Problems in Graphic Design. Throughout their studies in this program students learn that graphic designers as agents in the communication process contribute to the visual culture of society by stressing the importance of communication over mere visual cosmetics.
Courses at many institutions which are listed as Commercial Art or Advertising Art may not be applicable towards the Graphic Design degree at UCF. Students seeking to transfer courses taken at other institutions should first contact the Student Advisor for SVAD to check if those courses will apply towards the UCF specialization.
Please Contact the UCF SVAD office to set an appointment with a Student Advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before entering the Graphic Design program students must gain a basic background in drawing, design, computer graphic fundamentals as well as art history. This is accomplished by taking freshman and sophomore courses within SVAD or by transferring these courses from other accredited academic institutions. These pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to entering the Graphic Design program.Any information posted in the UCF Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs overrules any information shown here, and information is presented here only for convenience.
Total Semester hours required in the B.F.A. Degree – 124 hours
Based on the current catalog the following courses must be complete (or in progress the semester of portfolio review) in order to submit for portfolio and be eligible to move forward in the program if you pass:
ARH 2050 History of Western Art I
ARH 2051 History of Western Art II
ART 2201C Design Fundamentals 2D
ART 2203C Design Fundamentals 3D
ART 2300C Drawing Fundamentals I
ART 2301C Drawing Fundamentals II
GRA 2101C Introduction to Computer Art
The following courses can be taken while completing Graphic Design required courses and restricted electives.
ART 2823 Art as Interface
ARH 2500 History of Non-Western Art
MAC 1105c College Algebra (pre-req for DIG 2000)
COP 2500C Concepts in Computer Science
DIG 2000 Introduction to Digital Media
DIG 2030C Digital Video Fundamentals
DIG 2109C Digital Imaging Fundamentals
DIG 2500C Fundamentals of Interactive Design
DIG 3024 Digital Cultures & Narratives
DIG 3525 Digital Media Production I
DIG 3480C Computer as Medium
DIG 4780C Modeling for Realtime Systems
Graphic Design Specialization Core Courses (18 hours required)
GRA 3102c Intermediate Graphic Design I 3 hrs.
GRA 3112c Intermediate Graphic Design II 3 hrs.
GRA 3202c Type & Design II 3 hrs.
GRA 3803c Intermediate Computer Graphics 3 hrs.
GRA 4196c Advanced Graphic Design 3 hrs.
GRA 4197c Special Problems in Graphic Design 3 hrs.
Restricted SVAD Electives (21 hours)
12 credit hours (SVAD 3000-4000 level courses with prefix letters ARH, ART, DIG, FIL, GRA or PGY)
9 credit hours of 3000-4000 level Art History courses (ARH prefix)
A final portfolio representative of studio work done in the Graphic design specialization must be submitted before graduation. This is completed by enrolling in GRA 4197C (Special Problems in Graphic Design) in the student’s last spring semester.
The Graphic Design Application and Portfolio information forms can be downloaded from this link:
Graphic Design Application 2017
The application submission dates for the Fall 2017 semester are: February 13 - March 10, 2017.
In order for a student to enter the Graphic Design program at UCF the student must first submit, along with a written application, a portfolio presented in a professional manner. The program is competitive and acceptance is based on the quality of the work and whether or not the student has completed the prerequisite courses needed to enter this specialization. Academic requirements of the university must also be met. Portfolio applications are taken once a year during the Spring semester and accepted candidates enter the program beginning the next Fall semester. All portfolios are evaluated by an ad hoc committee of working professionals so presentation is extremely important.
Your portfolio should include no less than 10 and no more than 15 well-presented samples of work. These samples should be representative of the pre-requisite courses or college level equivalents that the student must complete before entering the program (please see pre-requisite courses listed below). The work should be representative of what the student considers their best achievements. The portfolio should be a mix of drawing, 2 dimensional design, painting, photography, 3 dimensional design or any visual art form that expresses the basic concepts of line, color, balance, type, form and composition. It is a good idea not to have to many samples from one category of art. A good rule of thumb for what to include would be to have two or three samples from any 5 of the following categories: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Design Fundamentals, Type & Design, Photography, Printmaking, Computer Graphics, Illustration or any visual arts course the student may have taken at the college level. In short mix it up, have a variety of work to showcase your talent in all the areas you have worked in.
Types of Portfolios
Only Digital portfolios are acceptable and must match the specifications listed below.
Digital Portfolios must be set up to the standards listed. Digital work should only be presented as a consolidated PDF (this means one pdf document that contains multiple pages) or as separate JPEG files on a labeled Flash drive, CD or DVD media. Files should be no larger than 8 x 10 inches. Resolution should be set at 150 ppi. Work must be set up to be viewed on Mac based computers. If submitted work does not meet this criteria then it will not be accepted for evaluation.
Submissions can be dropped by the SVAD Advising Front Desk, Nicholson School of Communication-Room 121 or mailed to:
School of Visual Art & Design
Attn: Graphic Design Portfolio
P.O. Box 161342
Orlando, FL 32816-1342
Please be sure to mark it to the attention of Graphic Design Application whether the portfolio is hand delivered or mailed in.
Portfolios cannot be returned by mail. Once the evaluation period is over students can pick up their work from the SVAD Advising Office in room 121 of the Nicholson School of Communication located on UCF’s main campus. The Department’s hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.