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

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, 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 sagearts.slideroom.com. 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 art.sage.edu for more information. Required courses for the GMD program are offered on the Albany campus.

Core Requirements

  • Complete all of the following:
Item #
Title
Credits
ARH Elective  +
3
GMD 306 or GMD 415  +
3
GMD 348 or GMD 448  +
3
GMD 348 or GMD 448  +
3
GMD 427 or GMD Elective  +
3
AEM, ARH, GMD, or ISD electives  +
9
Sub-Total Credits
84

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for bachelor 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
Total credits:
84

Course Sequencing

Course Sequencing

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1 — Spring

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 2 — Fall

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 2 — Spring

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 3 — Fall

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 3 — Spring

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 4 — Fall

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Year 4 — Spring

Item #
Title
Credits
AEM/GMD/ISD Studio Course  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
12

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor's