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Graphic Design, B.F.A

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The BFA in Graphic Design at Western Carolina University is a focused, pre-professional degree, leading to careers or graduate study in graphic design, and related fields. One of the goals for the program is for students to form their own visual vocabulary and to speak it with an artistic voice.
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Key facts:

  • Students in Graphic Design share a set of basic courses that give them ways to generate ideas and to think about their work. Specific classes for the Graphic Design emphasis include courses in Communication Design, Typography, Motion Graphics and Interactive Media. These are complimented with a rich selection of studio art and art history electives, and general education courses. Throughout the curriculum, the concepts of art and design are interwoven with ideas from history, philosophy and other disciplines. Projects are developed through research, critique and collaboration, with an eye toward real world applications.
  • The emphasis is on critical thinking and contemporary issues, combined with a strong understanding of formal design principles, and a fluency in multiple mediums. Graphic Design classes are taught in dedicated and well-equipped facilities and Graphic Design classes are taught in our comprehensive Media Lab. The graphic design faculty are practicing designers who are respected in their fields, with many professional experiences and valuable connections that can create opportunities for their students.
  • Students in the Graphic Design program are required to complete an internship where they work in a professional setting and are mentored by a working professional. Their internship placement is facilitated and monitored by Western Carolina University faculty members. The program is completed by a senior level portfolio class, which helps bring their work to a professional level, and present it in the best way possible.
  • Thanks to their professional résumés, portfolios and internship experiences graphic design students have been successful in finding professional placements in design firms, media companies, advertising agencies, publishers, printing companies, museums and non-profits. Many are able to establish their own successful design studios. Others go on to continue their education in graduate programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Graphic Design curriculum include:

  • Drawing
  • 2-D Design
  • Art History Survey 
  • Writing & Rhetoric
  • Communication Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Wellness
  • World Cultures
  • Graphic Design
  • Motion Graphics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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