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TCU App Development

Nick Fender develops his new app with assistance from Brooke Davis and Jessie Edwards. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis)


The Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, a Bachelor of Arts in design studies and a minor in design studies. Students are challenged in an academic and artistically rigorous environment and mentored by faculty composed of design professionals.

Areas of Study


The Academic Program

In addition to the liberal arts core required by the University, our program establishes a foundation in basic visual and technical skills, design theory and the history of graphic design. This is followed by several, more in-depth topics classes, which include: typography, advertising, packaging, corporate identity, editorial, web and interactive media. A creative internship is also required, in the summer session between the junior and senior-year sequences. Our capstone class, Portfolio & Marketing, divides its focus between finishing a competitive portfolio and job-hunting methodology. This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).


Special Programs

Contingent on funding, special opportunities are offered from time-to-time. These have included special, multicultural design workshops in Mexico, travel to the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA), and travel to regional design workshops and conferences such as the Creative Summit, in San Marcos, Texas. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in regional and national design competitions.



Our three full-time professors have over 70 combined years of professional design, and over 30 years of teaching experience. In addition, the program is supplemented by design, advertising and illustration professionals from the Dallas-Fort Worth community. This combination provides the stability and academic professionalism of having a full-time staff, while offering a rich variety of perspective and “real-world” learning experiences offered by the part-time faculty.

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