Graphic Design is a competitive and screened concentration.
Interested students declare the Design Studies BS concentration in their first semester and apply to the Graphic Design program at the end of the term in which the screening prerequisites will be completed (usually in the student’s fourth term). New transferring students do not apply to the Graphic Design BFA program until the end of the semester at Towson in which they qualify. Admission into Towson University and declaration of the Design Studies concentration does not guarantee acceptance into the Graphic Design BFA Concentration. Only the highest ranking candidates will be selected. The number selected will be on a space-available basis. Ranking is determined by the average of each student’s screening GPA and screening portfolio score. Portfolios are reviewed in a blind review process conducted by a committee utilizing a university-approved rubric.
1. A minimum GPA of 2.67 in the Art + Design major.
2. The following courses or equivalent transferred courses must be completed by the
end of term in which the student applies to the Graphic Design option:
All First Level Foundations courses plus ART 219 Digital Concepts: Structure, ART 234 or 235 Photography, ART 317 Graphic Design I, ART 355 Typography and ART 365 Design for the WWW.
3. To be considered in the screening process, students must submit a portfolio (approx. 18 in. x 24 in., closed) during the delivery date and time. The portfolio must be labeled with your assigned screening number, available at the sign up date. The portfolio must include: two pieces from ART 103, ART 211 and ART 234 or 235; and three pieces from ART 219, ART 317 and ART 355 (minimum of 15 projects, maximum of 18 projects). Each piece must be labeled on the back: include assigned screening number, class number, class name, semester/year class was taken, and school (for transfer students). If your name appears on any project, cover it with a sticky note.
Late applications will not be considered.
4. Students must pass screening before taking ART 417 Graphic Design II. After screening has occurred, accepted students will be added to ART 417.
5. Only the highest ranking candidates will be selected. The number selected will be on a space-available basis. Ranking is determined by the average of each student’s screening GPA and screening portfolio score. Portfolios are reviewed in a blind review process conducted by a committee utilizing a university-approved rubric.
6. Students will be notified of the results via their Towson email.
7. Students not accepted may reapply one more time.