2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Emerging Media, Graphic Design Track (B.F.A.)

College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Visual Arts Building (VAB) 117


The Emerging Media BFA allows students to integrate the multiple domains of art, storytelling, and technology. It is designed to: Provide a solid foundation in techniques and theory in one focused area of competence. Provide a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities, and technology. Provide extended experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. The program is administered through the School of Visual Arts and Design. It is recognized that there are many combinations of courses which meet the needs of individual students. Three tracks - Character Animation, Experimental Animation and Graphic Design - lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The Graphic Design track educates students in the art and science of visual communication, stressing the professional aspects of design. Students combine technology with aesthetics in the production of typographic and publication design, identity systems, packaging, film and broadcast graphics, posters, interactive and web design. The School affirms that a theoretical and working understanding of the historical meanings and studio applications of the human image are critical in the education of Visual Art and Art History students. To develop such as understanding, Art courses often utilize images of clothed and unclothed human figures and, in certain studio classes, live nude models.

Admission Requirements

  • Graphic Design: students must satisfactorily complete the mandatory GRA 3950 - Graphic Design Portfolio Application  course before enrolling in any Graphic Design restricted electives. The Graphic Design portfolio review is only held in Spring, and typically takes place near the end of February.
  • Students unable to satisfactorily complete GRA 3950 - Graphic Design Portfolio Application  may continue in the Art History or the Visual Art and Emerging Media Management tracks or, successfully complete Sophomore Portfolio review (ART 3950 ) in order to pursue a Studio Art major.
  • Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog by filing a catalog year change with their degree change form.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 36 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course except DIG 2000 , which requires a “B” (3.0) or better.
  • BFA students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in all major requirements.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Students should consult with their SVAD advisor on a regular basis.
  • Note: Emerging Media majors must have continual access to a computer. Contact the UCF Computer Store or see the website (http://www.cstore.ucf.edu) for the minimum hardware and software specifications.
  • No more than 6 hours of overlap allowed between courses used in the Emerging Media BFA and any minor. Please see SVAD advising for permission to complete more than one major in SVAD. Certain restrictions apply and plan of study must be pre-approved.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (12 Credit Hours)

See “Common Prerequisites” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information

Restricted Electives (27 Credit Hours)

Complete 27 hours of credits from the following areas:

  • 9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level art history courses
  • 18 hours of 3000 or 4000 level ART, DIG, FIL, GRA, or PGY courses. Additional upper level courses may be approved by SVAD advisor. Course(s) must be approved before course(s) are taken.

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a single foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of History (Hebrew). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.


  • Unrestricted electives - credit hours vary by track. A maximum of six hours of independent study, directed research, or internship permitted with prior approval. See SVAD advising for relevant deadlines.
  • Electives may be taken in allied programs such as Art, Music, Philosophy, English, Film, Communication, Computer Science, etc. as approved by the School.


Additional Requirements

  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • None

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA.
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed.
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs

  • None


  • None

Related Minors

  • None

Advising Notes

Transfer Notes

  • Grades less than a “C” (2.0) are not accepted.
  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $31.50 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $63 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • SVAD Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • SVAD Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • ARH Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • ARH Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3