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

The B.F.A. program in Graphic + Media Design at Russell Sage College [84 credits] has been developed for students planning to pursue a professional career in graphic design, illustration, web design, motion graphics, and video. Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) assures graduates are qualified based on industry-recognized standards for professional designers. In addition, the nationally recognized AIGA Sage student group, and affiliations with the AIGA Upstate New York chapter, provide opportunities for professional networking, mentorship and leadership. A portfolio review is required for acceptance. Portfolios may be submitted online at Instructions are provided on the website. Students may request an on-campus portfolio review by contacting the Office of Admission.

The B.F.A. curriculum comprises a number of distinct components designed to address a student’s total experience:

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

Academic Standards

All Department of Art + Design majors must achieve a minimum major grade point average of a 2.200 in all required art, design, and art history courses. All students entering any of the Art + Design programs are required to have their own laptop and software for use in their courses starting the first year. See for more information. Required courses for the GMD program are offered on the Albany campus.

Core Requirements

  • Complete all of the following:
Item #
ARH Elective  +
GMD 306 or GMD 415  +
GMD 348 or GMD 448  +
GMD 348 or GMD 448  +
GMD 427 or GMD Elective  +
AEM, ARH, GMD, or ISD electives  +
Sub-Total Credits

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credit
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
  • Completion of all required General Education coursework

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1 - Fall
AEM 101 Drawing I
GMD 217 Imaging I
RSC 101 Thriving at Sage
WRT 101 Writing in Community
AEM/GMD/ISD elective

Year 1 - Spring
ISD 102 Spatial Design
GMD 220 Imaging II
GMD 225 Time Arts
WRT 201 Researching in Community
General Education Course

Year 2 - Fall
ARH 205 Art History I
GMD 201 Type and Design I
GMD 203 Graphic Design I
GMD 320 Imaging III
RSC 201 Intercultural Perspectives

Year 2 - Spring
AEM/GMD/ISD elective
ARH 206 Art History II
GMD 207 Graphic Design II
GMD 218 Type and Design II
General Education course

Year 3 - Fall
ARH 320 History of Graphic Design
GMD 305 Interactive Design I
GMD 311 Graphic Design III
GMD 322 Animation I
RSC 301 Innovating to Impact

Year 3 - Spring
GMD 306 Interactive Design 2
GMD 321 Digital Studio Techniques
GMD 348/448 studio course
General Education course
General Education course

Year 4 - Fall
ARH Course
GMD 348/448 studio course
GMD 405 Senior Capstone I
GMD 427 Internship
General Education course

Year 4 - Spring
AEM/ARH/GMD/ISD elective
GMD 406 Senior Capstone II
GMD 420 Professional Practices
General Education course
General/open elective course

Total Credits