Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic & Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies

Graphic & Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies

Kelly Holohan, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 240
215-777-9890
kholohan@temple.edu

Graphic Designers use creative combinations of ideas, art, and technology to inform and influence specific audiences. Graphic and Interactive Design at Tyler is a practice-based program that prepares students to work in both print and interactive media. From sophomore through senior year, students explore image making, typography, material, craft and technology—essential components of visual communication. Courses include assignments that represent different aspects of design practice such as identity and branding, packaging, publishing, poster design, advertising, signage, environmental design, illustration, and design for the web, mobile media and motion graphics. The program trains students to work on client-driven projects and in design authorship.

Designed to enhance the studio experience with the tools to support a studio practice, or pursue graduate studies, the entrepreneurship coursework will enhance students' career options. Graduates of this degree program will possess requisite business skills to support themselves as designers or entrepreneurs in art or related fields.

Portfolio Review for Admission into the GAID Major

Because of the demand for a limited number of spaces in the Graphic and Interactive Design Major, all BFA students who are not yet declared majors in the Graphic & Interactive Design major will have to apply for the Sophomore Portfolio Review in GAID in order to get into the major, regardless of when that student started at Tyler or when they took Graphic Design (GAD 2001) and Computers for Design (GAD 2021).
 
The review process is required for any Tyler student seeking to enter the major. Because the GAID program follows a strict fall/spring sequence, students may only begin as GAID majors in the fall semester. Students must complete the program in sequence as the capstone courses are offered only in the spring. Admitted students must begin taking required courses in the major at the junior (3xxx) level in the academic year immediately following official admission to the major or their admission to the major will be forfeited.
 
It is strongly recommended that potential applicants for admission to the GAID major attend one of the official sophomore advising meetings with the GAID Program Head where the application process will be explained. The process will also be explained by the instructors in each section of GAD 2001.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic and Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Graphic and Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies majors must complete the BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum and General Education requirements.

The required Junior/Senior courses must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements.

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Graphic and Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies

Sophomore Requirements

GAD 2001Graphic Design3
GAD 2021Computers for Design3

Note:

  • A minimum final grade of C- in GAD 2001 and in GAD 2021 along with the approved portfolio review is required to be accepted to the major.
  • Graphic and Interactive Design majors who plan to study abroad should do so in the second semester of their sophomore year if they plan to graduate in four years. These students should see the Area Head for advising prior to leaving.

GAID Protocol for Portfolio Reviews

There will be two portfolio review cycles in Graphic & Interactive Design (GAID) each academic year: the end of the Fall semester (December) and the end of the Spring semester (May). The portfolio reviews will take place in the week after final studio course reviews. Specific dates for the reviews will be announced at the beginning of each semester in the GAD 2001 classes. They will also be posted on Blackboard and in the GAID suite. All full-time GAID faculty will serve on the GAID Portfolio Review Admissions Committee.
 
Applicants must have completed all Tyler Foundations courses (or had approved transfer courses as noted by the Tyler Admissions Office) and the 2 prerequisites for the major: GAD 2001 and GAD 2021 with a C-minus or better.

Application and Notification

The complete policy and application process is detailed on the Graphic and Interactive Design web site: https://tyler.temple.edu/programs/graphic-interactive-design.
Application forms will be available for eligible students on Blackboard.
 
Students who have completed or who are currently enrolled in the two prerequisites for the GAID major (GAD 2001 and GAD 2021) and intend to submit an application for the Portfolio Review will be able to obtain an application form, portfolio template and detailed application instructions on Blackboard by mid-semester.
 
Students who fail to submit all of the required materials for the Portfolio Review will be disqualified, but may re-apply at the next review cycle as a first-time submitter. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Applicants to the GAID major will receive one of the following decisions from the committee after the review is completed: (i) accepted; (ii) not accepted; or (iii) revise and submit. Students who receive a "(iii) revise and submit" evaluation should re-apply in the next portfolio review cycle.

Students who pass the portfolio review for admission to the GAID major will be informed via TUmail. Within 2 weeks of receiving this e-mail, admitted students must reply to the acceptance e-mail to confirm that they definitively want to major in GAID. Students who do not confirm by that deadline will forfeit their admission to the major and will need to re-apply in the next GAID portfolio review cycle as a second-time submitter. Students are limited to no more than two applications to the major.

Junior Requirements

GAD 3001Advanced Graphic Design (fall only)3
GAD 3002Advanced Graphic Design (spring only)3
GAD 3011Typography3
GAD 3021Intermediate Computer Graphics3
Electives strongly recommended
GAD 3013Advanced Typography3
or GAD 3015 Advanced Typography
GAD 3023Interactive Design3
or GAD 3025 Interactive Design
GAD 3027Digital Narratives3
GAD 3031Illustration3
or GAD 3033 Illustration
GAD 3041Advertising Design3
GAD 3096The Business of Design (WI)3
GAD 3101Collaborative Design Workshop in Rome3

Note:

  • In the junior year, Advanced Graphic Design must be taken in sequence (GAD 3001 in Fall / GAD 3002 in Spring).
  • The prerequisites for Senior level design courses are the four required courses at the junior level: GAD 3001 (Fall), GAD 3002 (Spring), GAD 3011 (Fall or Spring), and GAD 3021 (Fall or Spring). GAD 3023 or GAD 3025 is strongly recommended for students taking GAD 3027. GAD 3023 or GAD 3025 is required for GAD 4007.
  • Students who plan to have an interactive portfolio only should take GAD 3023 or GAD 3025. GAD 3021 is the prerequisite for this course.
  • GAD 3096 (Fall or Spring) is Writing Intensive and must be passed with a C- or better to be recognized as Writing Intensive credit. It can replace a Writing Intensive requirement in Art History. In that case the Art History requirement can be fulfilled with an Art History course that is not Writing Intensive.

Senior Requirements

Select two specialized courses in Senior Graphic Design from the following:6
Advanced Typography
Advanced Typography
Digital Narratives
Advertising Design
Senior Design: Special Topics
Senior Design: Special Topics
Senior Graphic Design: Senior Design Workshop
Senior Graphic Design: Hybrid Design
Senior Graphic Design: Art Direction
Senior Graphic Design: Packaging
Senior Graphic Design: Publishing
Senior Graphic Design: Corporate
Senior Interactive Design
Senior Graphic Design: Projects in Authorship
Senior Graphic Design: Design for the Public Good
Senior Illustration
Senior Illustration
Select one specialized course from the Senior Graphic Design list or one of the following:3
Illustration
Illustration
Interactive Design
Interactive Design
The Business of Design (WI)
Collaborative Design Workshop in Rome
Specialized Course Requirement
GAD 4009Senior Graphic Design: Projects in Authorship (spring only)3
Capstone Requirement
GAD 4196Senior Portfolio (Capstone, WI, spring only)3

Note:

  • An additional 3xxx or 4xxx level GAD course may be taken as studio elective.
  • The capstone GAD 4196 Senior Portfolio and GAD 4009 Senior Graphic Design: Projects in Authorship are offered in spring semesters only. These two courses must be taken in addition to the three required senior (or equivalent) GAD courses listed above.

Entrepreneurship Courses

Select three of the following:9
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking
Lean Startup: Fast & Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, & Innovation
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment
Special Topics - Strategic Management
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder
Select one of the following: 13
Field Internship in Ceramics
Field Internship in Glass
Field Internship in Fibers
Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM
Business Practices in Crafts (WI)
Art Careers Promotion
The Business of Design (WI)
Field Internship
Art Career Workshop (WI)
Field Internship
Creative Cottage Industrialist
Rome Internship
Total Credit Hours12
1

These courses cannot fulfill both a requirement for the major and for this category.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic and Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GAD 2001Graphic Design3
GAD 2021Computers for Design3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select two of the following:6
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GAD 3001Advanced Graphic Design23
GAD 3011Typography3
GAD 3021Intermediate Computer Graphics3
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GAD 3002Advanced Graphic Design43
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Select one of the following (not previously chosen):3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
Art History Elective WI54
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Senior Graphic Design Course63
Senior Graphic Design Course63
GAD 3xxx/4xxx (Specialized or Advanced GAD course, as per senior requirements)3
Select one of the following (not previously chosen):3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GAD 4009Senior Graphic Design: Projects in Authorship43
GAD 4196Senior Portfolio [WI]4,63
Select one of the following:73
Field Internship in Ceramics 
Field Internship in Glass 
Field Internship in Fibers 
Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM 
Business Practices in Crafts [WI] 
Art Careers Promotion 
The Business of Design [WI] 
Field Internship 
Art Career Workshop [WI] 
Field Internship 
Creative Cottage Industrialist 
Rome Internship 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.

2

Course offered in fall only.

3

Students completing a 3-credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4-credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

4

Courses offered in spring only.

5

Students who complete GAD 3096 or another WI entrepreneurship course from the approved list may take a non-WI Art History elective.

6

A minimum of 2 senior studios must be successfully completed before taking GAD 4196. Senior studios are GAD 3013 (if taken in the senior year), GAD 3015 (if taken in the senior year), GAD 3027 (if taken in the senior year), GAD 3041 (if taken in the senior year), GAD 4000, GAD 4001, GAD 4002, GAD 4003, GAD 4004, GAD 4005, GAD 4006, GAD 4007, GAD 4008, GAD 4009, GAD 4010, GAD 4011, GAD 4111 and GAD 4112.

7

These courses cannot fulfill both a requirement for the major and a requirement for this category.

Please Note: An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. BFA majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to determine if a semester (generally spring semester of second year) or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation.