Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Major in Communication Design

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree with a major in Communication Design Program, a three-and-a-half-year sequenced curriculum, emphasizes the integration of critical thinking with a thorough understanding of design principles and processes relevant to the professional practice of design. The program also embraces social, cultural, historical, economic, and global contexts to prepare students to advance their knowledge within the discipline. This approach prepares graduates for successful entry into the profession, as well as for entry into graduate education programs.

Admission requirements for the Communication Design program are more restrictive than those of the University, and enrollment is limited to provide students with a quality experience. All applicants who indicate Communication Design as their preferred major will be assigned a temporary status/major code of Pre-Communication Design. In addition to meeting Texas State’s general admission criteria, all students intending to major in Communication Design must pass ARTC 2000 Admission Portfolio Review, earn a minimum grade of B in ARTC 1301 and ARTC 1302, and have a minimum Overall GPA of 2.75 to be admitted into the program. Admission Portfolio Review is a competitive formal review of creative work, conducted by Communication Design faculty. Native and transfer students will register for ARTC 2000 during the earliest semester in which they will meet all eligibility requirements. Students who do not pass ARTC 2000 may register for a future review, but will be allowed only one more attempt. Pre-Communication Design majors will not be permitted to enroll in 2000 – 4000 level Communication Design courses until they have met all requirements and have been formally admitted to the program. Requirements for admission to the Communication Design program are:

All Communication Design majors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to meet graduation requirements.

General Requirements

  1. This degree program requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:
  2. General education core curriculum requirements must be met along with a minimum of 77 hours in Art and 36 advanced hours.
  3. A GPA of 2.75 in the major is required for graduation.

Course Requirements 

Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
ARTF 13011,23ARTC 13011,23
ARTF 13021,23ARTC 13021,23
ARTF 13033ARTC 20001,20
ENG 13103ENG 13203
COMM 13103Select one of the following:3
US 11001 
 Select one of the following:33
 16 15
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
ARTC 23033ARTC 33073
ARTC 23043ARTC 33203
ARTH 23013ARTH 23023
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
English Literature3 
 PHIL 1305 or 13203
 15 15
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
ARTC 33013ARTC 33043
ARTC 33033ARTC Advanced Elective #143
ARTC 33163Select one of the following:3
Life and Physical Sciences3 
HIST 13103 
 Life and Physical Sciences3
 HIST 13203
 15 15
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
ARTC 43083ARTC 42002
ARTC Advanced Elective #243ARTC 43153
Select one of the following:3ARTC Advanced Elective #343
 1 course from ART (C,H,S,T) Advanced Elective3
 POSI 23203
POSI 23103 
SOCI 1310 or PSY 130053 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Students must complete ARTF 1301 and ARTF 1302, each with a minimum grade of “C”; must be concurrently enrolled in ARTC 1301 and ARTC 1302 or have completed 1301 and 1302; and be enrolled in ARTC 2000 Admission Portfolio Review to be eligible to submit their work for Admission Portfolio Review.


Students must pass ARTC 2000 Admission Portfolio Review and complete ARTC 1301 and ARTC 1302 each with a minimum grade of “B” to be admitted to the Communication Design program.


To complete the 050 Creative Arts component of the core curriculum, Communication Design majors are encouraged to take the required course Introduction to Fine Arts in Dance, Music or Theatre.


Select any advanced ARTC course to satisfy ARTC electives, excluding ARTC courses already taken to satisfy course requirements. 


To complete the 080 Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the core curriculum,  Communication Design majors are encouraged to take SOCI 1310 or PSY 1300 .