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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

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:

  • ART 110 - Visualization provides all incoming first-year students exposure to various full-time faculty from different art and design disciplines.  The course focuses on the development of critical thinking and provides a foundational basis for all of the B.F.A. majors.
  • Advanced studios in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Arts including Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Clay Sculpture, and Illustration, as well as 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.

Academic Standards

All Art Department students (including Academic Exploration students who wish to enter the B.F.A. program at the end of their first two semesters (24-30 credits), must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for the duration of their time in the Program.  Students must receive a grade of “C-” or higher in all art and art history courses.  Receiving less than a “C-” will require the student to retake the course.  If a course must be retaken, it may result in delaying the student’s graduation date.

Program Description

The B.F.A. program in Graphic Design has been developed for students planning to pursue a professional career in graphic design/illustration, web design, printing, publishing and other dynamic career options.  Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) assures graduates the industry-recognized standard for professional designers.  In addition, our 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 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. 

*All B.F.A. students in Graphic Design, beginning their sophomore year, are required to have their own laptop computer and software for use in their courses. For details and the latest information, go to:

Graphic Design facilities on the Sage College of Albany campus include state-of-the-art digital media studios, traditional studio facilities, and B.F.A. student studios, all housed in one building with a wireless connection to the  Internet and dedicated file server.

NOTE! The four year plan below must be followed with courses taken in sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner. Students work with their academic advisor in the Department of Visual Arts before signing up for courses for each semester.

Four-Year Degree Plan

Semester 1 - Fall : 15 Credits

Semester 2 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 3 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 4 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 5 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 6 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 7 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 8 - Spring : 15 credits

Total Credits for Graduation: 120