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


The Graphic + Media Design program 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 in their first year.  Note that the majority of the required courses for this program are offered on the Albany campus.

Academic Standards

All Department of Visual Art majors must achieve a minimum major grade point average of a 2.200 in all required art, design and art history courses.


Program Requirements : 81 credits

Complete all of the following:
ARH 205 Art History I
ARH 206 Art History II
ARH 320 History of Graphic Design
ARH course 
ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design
DES 101 Rapid Visualization *
DES 102 Spatial Design *
PHG 201 Photography I or PHG elective 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

* For transfer students with transfer credit in ART 101 & ART 106:  ART 101 may be used for DES 101; ART 106 may be used for DES 102.


 RSC General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major and Required Supporting Courses:

Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits 

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 21 Credits

  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
  • Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (must be from two separate disciplines) : 6 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 Credits

Elective Courses: 7 Credits



Total minimum credits required for graduation: 120 credits
Minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation: 2.000
Minimum major GPA required for graduation: 2.200


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
ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design
DES 101 Rapid Visualization
GMD 217 Imaging I
WLD 101 WORLD 101
SST 111 or 121 First Year Seminar

Year One: Spring 
DES 102 Spatial Design
GMD 220 Imaging II
GMD 225 Time Arts
General Education Breadth Requirement
WLD 201 WORLD 101
SST 112 or 122 First Year Seminar

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 Breadth Requirement

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 Breadth Requirement

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 Education Breadth Requirement

Year Three: Spring 
ARH course
GMD 306 Interactive Design II
GMD 315 Business Practices for Visual Artists
General Education Breadth Requirement
General Elective

Year Four: Fall 
GMD 405 Graphic Design Senior Capstone I
GMD 412 Animation
GMD 427 Internship
General Education Breadth Requirement
WLD 401 Women Changing the World

Year Four: Spring 
GMD 406 Graphic Design Senior Capstone II
GMD 415 Motion Graphics
GMD 420 Portfolio Preparation
GMD 448 Topics in Graphic Design
General Education Breadth Requirement