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Graphic + Media Design (B.F.A.)


The Graphic + Media Design program (gmd.sage.edu) at Sage reflects our vision for the designer of tomorrow, a designer equally at home in graphic design, interactive design, motion design and illustration/image design.  Students hit the ground running in the freshman year, where they build a foundation in each of the four core areas. These skills are refined and developed in the sophomore and junior years, and by the senior year they’re ready to take on year-long, in-depth capstone projects that break down traditional media boundaries. Graphic + Media Design graduates leave the program ready to enter the design profession as creative problem solvers and self-reliant critical thinkers.

The B.F.A. program in Graphic + Media Design has been developed for students planning to pursue a professional career in graphic design/illustration, web design, printing, and publishing.  Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) assures graduates the industry-recognized standard for professional designers.  In addition, the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) student group and affiliations with the Graphic Artist’s Guild chapter in Albany provide opportunities for professional networking, growth and leadership.  The Graphic + Media Design program features:

  • Career-oriented curricular focus;
  • Dual-emphasis on print and electronic media;
  • Integrated wireless laptop initiative for B.F.A. students;
  • Technical and creative skills to be work-ready immediately upon graduation;
  • Professional portfolio development and comprehensive reviews;
  • Small classes that encourage personal relationships with faculty. 

Visual Arts Department

The Visual Arts Department of the Sage College of Albany is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The B.F.A. curriculum comprises a number of distinct components designed to address a student’s total experience:

  • Advanced studios and studio electives that allow for exploration in a variety of media.
  • Senior Capstone I & II and studio courses that focus on a personal direction in the major in preparation for the B.F.A. exhibition.
  • Art history and liberal arts courses that examine the role and relevance of the visual arts historically, socially, and culturally.
  • Students graduate equipped with the necessary skills and portfolio to enter graduate study or begin a career in the arts.

*All students entering any of the visual arts programs (Fine Arts, Graphic + Media Design, Interior Design or Photography) are required to have their own laptop and software for use in their courses starting the freshman year.  

Academic Standards

All Department of Visual Art majors must achieve a minimum major grade point average of a 2.20 in all required art, design and art history courses.


Program Requirements : 81 credits

Complete all of the following:
AEM 101 Drawing I
AEM 105 2-D Studio Techniques
ARH 205 Art History I
ARH 206 Art History II
ARH 320 History of Graphic Design
ARH course
ISD 102 Spatial Design
PHG 201 Photography I or PHG course
GMD 201 Type and Design I
GMD 203 Graphic Design I
GMD 207 Graphic Design II
GMD 217 Imaging I
GMD 218 Type and Design II
GMD 220 Imaging II
GMD 225 Time Arts
GMD 301 Digital Production I
GMD 305 Interactive Design I
GMD 306 Interactive Design II
GMD 311 Graphic Design III
GMD 315 Business Practices for Visual Artists
GMD 320 Imaging III
GMD 405 Senior Capstone I
GMD 406 Senior Capstone II
GMD 412 Animation
GMD 415 Motion Graphics
GMD 420 Portfolio Preparation
GMD 427 Internship

*ART 106 may be used for ISD 102.


Suggested Program of Study

To graduate in a timely manner it is recommended that students follow the four year course sequence plan below. Students work with their faculty advisor in the Department of Visual Arts before signing up for courses for each semester.

Year One: Fall
AEM 105 Two-Dimensional Design
AEM 101 Rapid Visualization
GMD 217 Imaging I
HUM 112 or MAT course
ITD 155 Sage Connections

Year One: Spring
ISD 102 Spatial Design
GMD 220 Imaging II
GMD 225 Time Arts
HUM 112 or MAT course
General Education course

Year Two: Fall
ARH 205 Art History I
GMD 201 Type and Design I
GMD 203 Graphic Design I
GMD 320 Imaging III
General Education course

Year Two: Spring

ARH 206 Art History II
GMD 207 Graphic Design II
GMD 218 Type and Design II
PHG 201 Photography I or PHG course
General Education course

Year Three: Fall
ARH 320 History of Graphic Design
GMD 301 Digital Production I
GMD 305 Interactive Design I
GMD 311 Graphic Design III
General Elective course

Year Three: Spring
ARH course
GMD 306 Interactive Design II
GMD 315 Business Practices for Visual Artists
ITK 301 iThink 301 Engage
General Education course

Year Four: Fall
GMD 405 Graphic Design Senior Capstone I
GMD 412 Animation
GMD 427 Internship
General Elective course
General Elective course

Year Four: Spring
GMD 406 Graphic Design Senior Capstone II
GMD 415 Motion Graphics
GMD 420 Portfolio Preparation
General Elective course
General Elective course


Degree Completion Notes:
Literacies of Connection: General Education Requirements
Total credits required for bachelor’s degree (minimum): 120 credits
Liberal Arts requirement (minimum): 30 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.00
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.20
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage