This section specifies the Graphic and Digital Design major requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts section for information on additional requirements. Students who have completed the Graphic and Digital Design diploma should consult with an Academic Advisor regarding laddering into this major in the BFA degree.
The Graphic and Digital Design major culminates in upper-level courses that require a series of sequential skills obtained over several semesters. Some GD courses are only offered annually. Students should make strategic course selections over at least a two-year period to ensure timely program completion.
Students will complete requirements in three curriculum areas:
Creative Practice (54 credits)
Professional Practice (24 credits)
Theory, Criticality, and Context (18-20 credits)
Lower-level requirements: 48 credits
Creative Practice: 36 credits
Fundamentals of Design
Digital Design Media I
Digital Design Media II
Interactive Design I: Foundations in Web Design
Dynamic Media I: Motion Graphics
Interactive Design II: Web Development for Designers
or CIS 145
Graphic & Digital Design I
Applied Photography and Video
or VA 113
Introduction to Drawing
Theory, Criticality, and Context: 12 credits
History of Posters — The Art of Persuasion
or GD 102
History of Graphic Design
Essentials of Marketing
or MEDA 222
Design Ethos and the Creative Practitioner
AH, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HSER, POSC, PSYC, SOC, or SOWK
Upper-level requirements: 48-50 credits
Creative Practice: 18 credits
Dynamic Media II: Storytelling
Print and Digital Production
Graphic and Digital Design II
Dynamic Media III: Titling and Video
or GD 302
Interactive Design III — Applied Web
Professional Practice: 24 credits
Digital Project Management for Creative Practitioners
Interactive Design for Portfolio
Professional Practices I
Design Systems I: Experiential Graphic Design
Design Systems II: Transmedia Solutions
Advanced Portfolio for Graphic and Digital Design
6 credits from:
Co-op Work Term Performance and Report I (see Note)
Directed Study in Graphic Digital Design I
Directed Study in Graphic Digital Design II
Note: COOP credits not used toward program requirements can be used toward elective requirements in the BFA degree.
Theory, Criticality, and Context: 6-8 credits
User Experience Design
Community Planning and Development: Local Applied Studio
Community Planning and Development: International Studio
Design Thinking for Creative Leadership
At least 50% of the upper-level credits for the major must be completed at UFV.
Students declaring the GDD major must have completed 30 credits with a CGPA of 2.0 or better. At least nine of the 30 credits completed must be in GD courses.
Students are required to purchase a MacBook Pro laptop computer and Adobe subscription according to specifications provided by the department. Please contact the GDD Lab Coordinator upon declaration to arrange equipment configuration.
For further information on the declaration process, please see the BFA section of the calendar.