School of Art + Art History

Graphic Design / Design & Visual Communications

Degrees / Ways to Study

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (BFA)

UF’s School of Art + Art History offers different levels of exploring and studying studio art. Students can choose from our studio-rigorous BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) programs in Graphic Design or Art (with emphases in Ceramics, Art + Technology, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Creative Photography), or our flexible BA in Visual Art Studies (Bachelor of Arts) where concentration within a specific media is still possible.

BFA students benefit from an in-depth foundations program encouraging exploration and experimentation across a variety of media during the first two years. Although BFA students do intensively focus within one media area during the junior and senior years, they must still take studios outside of the core media focus, thereby allowing for a diverse media experience throughout the entire four years of the BFA education.

The BFA program promotes a rich and intensive studio experience allowing the undergraduate student to take art and design to the maximum depth possible in preparation to be an artist or designer, or to continue further study in art and design via a graduate program, or to even begin a career path directly related to the arts.

Master of Fine Arts in Design and Visual Communications (MXD)

Program Overview

60 credits total (terminal degree)
24 credits graduate design courses (research seminars, studio and fieldwork practice)
12–15 credits open electives
6 credits practicum
15 credits MFA project (self-directed, –designed)
3 credits ARE6386 Teaching Art in Higher Education (assistantship-funded students)

3 and 2 Year Options Compared

3-year option: Students funded with an assistantship or fellowship are considered full-time at 9 hours per semester. Along with funding, the University of Florida provides tuition remission for 9 credit hours per semester. Students matriculating over a three-year period (fall and spring semesters only) receive tuition remission for 54 credits and are responsible for tuition for the remaining 6 credits. These credits, taken during the fall or spring, are payable at the in-state tuition rate. This plan factors in the time dedicated to the assistantship assignment (20 hours per week of work), combined with time required for coursework. (Fellowships include a summer assignment/registration and the tuition is waived for 6 hours.) 

2-year option: Students who are self-funded or have other sources of funding and desire an accelerated path. Students should be mindful of the time commitment that four to five courses per semester and any part-time work will require.


Scholarships for Citizens of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

For more information on this opportunity, visit the UF International Center’s website.

Under Florida statute 1009.21, full-time students who are a citizen of a Latin American or Caribbean country (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and who receive scholarships from the federal or state government shall be classified as residents for tuition purposes. This provision of the law provides an opportunity to encourage the continued internationalization of UF and to attract more high-quality students from Latin America and the Caribbean. To qualify, UF students must be awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per semester paid from either state funds appropriated to universities in the General Appropriations Act, investment earnings as provided under section 1011.43, Florida Statutes, or from federally authorized scholarship funds. Universities may use equal matching funds from private businesses, private foundations, and public agencies. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing. Graduate or research assistantships are not considered scholarships for this purpose. Note that this program provides eligibility; it is not a guaranteed scholarship. Scholarship decisions are made by the colleges

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Certificate in Graphic Design (Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design)

The curriculum guides students toward coursework the graphic design faculty considers essential to gain a better understanding of graphic design thinking, processes, methods, and practices in order to create effective graphic and communication design works. Students who complete this certificate will have a focused skillset sought by many disciplines, industries and professions.

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