College of Fine Arts and Design

Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Design administers undergraduate (BFA) degree options in Graphic Design and Interior Design and a graduate (MFA) degree in Design.

Graphic Design (BFA)

Graphic Design has been evolving since its inception as a discipline of study in the 1940s. It has grown into an industry that specializes in the efficient and effective visual communication of information. Graphic designers are those best prepared to make sense of complex information and communicate messages to the intended audience in innovative ways. The Graphic Design Program at UCO has grown into the largest program between Kansas City and North Texas. It has truly become a center of excellence at UCO.
Click here to view student work from this program: http://www.ucographicdesign.com

Students in the BFA Graphic Design program will need to purchase a laptop for classes at the 2000, 3000 & 4000 level.  Computers are not used for projects in Design courses at the Freshman level. The Department of Design recommends the purchase of a Macintosh Laptop (Macbook Pro) with the minimum specifications of 4GB 1600MHz of memory and a 500 GB 5400-rpm hard drive. Students will also need to purchase external storage devices to receive files from instructors, submit files or transfer data.

Required Software:
Current versions of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Powerpoint or Keynote.

Interior Design (BFA)

Interior Designers develop and plan spaces which protect the health and welfare of the user while creating aesthetically pleasing and functional environments. The Interior Design program helps equip students with the knowledge, skills, and work needed to pursue a career as an effective designer. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Click here to view student work from this program: http://www.ucointeriordesign.com

Students in the BFA Interior Design program will need to purchase a laptop for classes at the 3000 & 4000 level. Computers are not used for projects in Design courses at the Freshman level. The Department of Design recommends the purchase of a Dell Precision Laptop M6400 with the minimum specifications of 4GB of memory with a 2.6 Ghz processor, video card with 512MB VRAM, and a 250GB 7200-rpm hard drive. Students will also need to purchase external storage devices to receive files from instructors, submit files or transfer data.

For additional information on student achievement related to job placement rates, graduation rates, acceptance into graduate school, and retention/attrition, click the link below. This information was collected in a survey distributed to our interior design graduates from the past three graduating classes.
Click here to view the Student Acheivement Report

Required Software:
Current versions of AutoDesk AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office.

Design Minors

Illustration Minor

If you love drawing and illustrating, the Illustration Minor is for you! Classes required to complete this minor are Foundations I, II, III and IV, Illustration I, II and III, Sequential Illustration, and Character Design. During the Fall semester of your senior year, you will participate in the Illustration Capstone show, which is simultaneous with Illustration III.
For more information, contact Keith Webb, kwebb5@uco.edu
Click here to view student work from the Illustration Minor: http://www.ucoillustration.com

History of Design Minor

Are you interested in learning about the history of the two creative trades, Graphic and Interior Design? To complete this minor, you will take History of Graphic Design I, II and III, History of Interior Design I, II and III, History of Illustration, History of Design, History of Typography, and Historic Preservation.
For more information, contact Amanda Horton, ahorton4@uco.edu

Student Portfolio Reviews

The portfolio book of design work is how students communicate to faculty and interviewers that the student/applicant understand creative problem solving and can produce effective solutions to a variety of design problems. The Design faculty conduct reviews of student portfolios at every level in the academic programs. The faculty considers the quality and quantity of the student’s work in problem solving, innovation and production; and oral, written and graphic presentation skills. This assessment and review by the design faculty provides:

  • Academic counseling for the student
  • Career counseling for the student
  • Assessment for the program

A final portfolio presentation occurs during the student’s last semester in the program. This final review is conducted as an exhibition of work in a public gallery.

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