1. A major in visual arts concentration in Graphic Design requires the following:Visual Arts Foundation courses: Art 203, 204, 205, 206, 301; nine semester hours selected from Art 207, 208 or 218, 210, 215, and/ or 230. Only 208 or 218 may count toward the General Education Requirements.
  2. Art History Courses: Art History 220, 221, three semester hours selected from Art History 350, 360, and 370, and three semester hours selected from Art History 340, 380, 390, and 400.
  3. Four courses in the Graphic Design Specialty: Art 231, 330, 331, and 430 or studio courses approved by the faculty adviser and department.
  4. Minor/collateral requirements (two options)
    a) two 12-hour collaterals approved by the faculty adviser.
    b) an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser.
  5. Completion of one semester hour of Senior Seminar, Art 499.

The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and non- major) required for the major in Visual Arts is 127.


A portfolio review is required for Visual Arts – Visual Communication Design Specialty majors seeking to enroll in Visual Communication Design courses at the 300 level. The portfolio review is also required for transfer students, students changing majors or students changing specialties who elect to continue in the Graphic Design Specialty within the Visual Arts program.

In order to register for any 300 level course in the Visual Communication Design Specialty the student must pass the review requirements. Students who do not pass the review are eligible to reapply the following semester.

To apply for a review the student must:

  1. Have a grade point average of at least 2.25 in all undergraduate courses taken at FMU.
  2. Have at least a 2.5 grade point average in all Art and Art History courses attempted.
  3. Have completed one foundation art history course from Art History 220 or 221.
  4. Have completed both Art 230 and Art 231.

The number of semester hours required in major courses for a major in Visual Arts/Graphic Design is 36 of Visual Arts studio, one of Senior Seminar, and 12 of Art History. The student is required to exhibit work and write an artist’s statement as part of a senior exhibit. Senior exhibitions are presented as small group shows during the final year of enrollment. Each student’s portion of the group exhibit is comprised of works from the student’s specialty area and is prepared under the direction of the student’s specialty area professor, and serves as partial fulfillment of the senior seminar course.


  • 203 Basic Drawing
  • 204 Two-Dimensional Design
  • 206 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • 230 Graphic Design I
  • 231 Typography
  • 330 Graphic Design II
  • 331 Interactive Communication I
  • 430 Graphic Design III
  • 431 Interactive Communication II