Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design at BHSU

Graphic Design at BHSU combines the worlds of Mass Communications and Art to take your talents to a new height. With a curriculum focused on the creation and manipulation of graphics, images, drawing, and photos, you'll speak to the world through your graphic design work.


This degree will give you the necessary graphic and computer design skills. and the experience to prepare you for an exciting, cutting-edge career in advertising, publishing, or public relations.


The Graphic Design BFA at BHSU offers:

  • Hands-on experience with the "Jacket Journal" student newspaper, where you can showcase your talents in desktop publishing, design, or writing.
  • Opportunities to work in front of the camera, behind the microphone, or behind the scenes at the student-run television and radio stations.
  • Internship opportunities throughout the Black Hills will sharpen your skills and introduce you to potential employers.
  • Student organizations that enhance your classroom experiences with field trips, art shows and graphic design competitions.

Get a certificate in Graphic Design
Are you looking to update your knowledge of Graphic Design or expand your current job skills with subject matter related to Graphic Design, but do not wish to enter a degree program? BHSU offers a certificate in Graphic Design.

This certificate is great for anyone who wants to expand his knowledge base or be brought up to date on new technology in the field of Graphic Design. It is also helpful to any education majors who hope to teach Graphic Design in the public schools. Now you can stay up to date and learn the latest techniques.

Course Requirements for the Graphic Design Certificate - 12 semester hours:

  • 3 MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 MCOM 257 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
  • 3 MCOM 315 Computer Production & Imaging
  • 3 MCOM 357 Advanced Desktop Publishing

Commercial Art Minor

Required Courses - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D
  • 3 MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 MCOM 257 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM 315 Computer Production & Imaging
  • 3 MCOM 351 Web Design
  • 3 MCOM 357 Advanced Desktop Publishing

BFA Global Core - 18 semester hours

  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D (gen ed)
  • 3 ARTH 121 Intro to the Visual Arts
  • 3 ART/MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 ART/MCOM 265 Basic Photography
6 Take two of the following 3 courses
  • 3 ART/MCOM 165 History of Photography
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II

Require Core - 42 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 112 Drawing II
  • 3 ART 122 Design II - Color
  • 3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
  • 3 ART 257 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
  • 3 ART 315 Computer Production & Imaging
  • 3 ART 328 Advertising Media Communications
  • 3 ART 357 Advanced Desktop Publishing
  • 3 ART 375 Art and Technology
  • 3 ART 494 Internship
  • 3 ARTD 335 Digital Illustration
  • 3 ARTH 456 Recent Developments in Visual Arts
  • 3 MCOM 350 Digital Photography
  • 3 MCOM 351 Web Design

BFA Major Electives - 15 semester hours

May not duplicate from above

Choose 5 courses from below

  • 3 ART 123 Three Dimensional Design
  • 3 ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media
  • 3 ART 312 Intermediate Photography
  • 3 ART 330 Painting Techniques
  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic Painting
  • 3 ART 364 Studio and Commercial Photography
  • 3 ART 365 Advanced Photography
  • 3 ART 367 Color Photography
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor
  • 3 ART 457 4-D Art Techniques
  • 3 ART 480 Printmaking Techniques
  • 3 ART 491 Independent Study
  • 3 ARTH 165 History of Photography
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
  • 3 MCOM 448 Interactive Multimedia Design
  • 3 MCOM 449 Advanced Interactive Multimedia Design
  • 3 SPCM 445 Visual Culture

Supportive Electives

Take 1 course from each group below. Courses must be different than those used to satisfy Gen Ed & Major requirements

3 Social Science: AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SPCM
3 Humanities: ENGL, FREN, GER, HUM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

General Education Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab
A minor is NOT required with this major but electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.