Design - Graphic Design Concentration (BFA)

What is Graphic Design? 

Graphic designers inform, educate, persuade or advocate through the interaction of words and images. The graphic design program at WSU empowers students to think broadly and critically about design. We train students to focus on the informational and problem-solving nature of graphic design while learning to effectively visualize their design ideas with professionalism, impact, and social and environmental responsibility.

What can I do with a Graphic Design Degree? 

Art direction Digital design/UI/UX design Brand development
Creative direction Product development Exhibition design
Advertising Package design Information design
Instructional design Environmental design  Marketing
Print/publishing Typography Multimedia arts

   Schoolcraft College Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Schoolcraft College courses. Courses not taken or transferred from Schoolcraft College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
Associate in General Studies (AGS)
*Computer Graphics Technology (AAS)

*Due to the requirements associated with these programs the total amount of credit earned will likely exceed the minimum bachelor's degree requirement.

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
Approved English Composition (see MTA) 3  
Approved English/Communications (see MTA) 3  
Approved Mathematics (see MTA)     4  
Approved Natural Science (see MTA) 3  
Approved Natural Science with lab (see MTA)   4  
Approved Social Science (see MTA)   3  
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
*ART 115 Art History 1 (AH 1110) 4  
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 3  
Total 30 credits min.  

*Meets MTA requirements and/or satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see Schoolcraft advisor).

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours
ART 120 Drawing: Theory & Elements (ADR 1050) 3
2D Design: Elements & Principles (ACO 1200) 3
ART 122 3D Design: Elements & Principles (ACO 1230) 3
ART 116 Art History II (AH 1120) 4
Total      13 credits

   Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements. Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a major in Design (Graphic Design Concentration)

Course Credit Hours Schoolcraft
ADR 1270 Time Studio 3  
ADN 3100 Design Process 3  
Art or Design History (3000-level or higher) 3  
Graphic Design Concentration:     
AGD 2230 Intro to Typography: Skills and Concepts 3 CGT 149 
AGD 2240 Intro to Graphic Design: Skills and Concepts 3 CGT 231 
AGD 2250 Typography 3  
AGD 3250 Graphic Design I: Principles & Problem Solving 3  
AGD 3260 Intro to Interactivity in Graphic Arts 3  
AGD 3700 History of Graphic Design 3 CGT 161 
AGD 4250 Graphic Design II: Word, Image, & Visual Org 3  
AGD 5260 Senior Seminar 3  
AGD 5997 Senior Studio 3  
Two Graphic Design (AGD) Electives (5000-level or higher) 6  
Three Art or Design studio electives (See WSU Advisor)  9  
One Art or Design studio elective (AGD, ADA or APR) 3  
Total      54 credits  

*BFA program requires three years of design and studio experiences/courses.

  Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Schoolcraft College transferrable credits 60 credits

Required Wayne State University Major credits

WSU Electives

54 credits 

6 credits 

Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 120 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started?

  • Join Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

  Schoolcraft College   Schoolcraft College
     Academic Advising
     734-462-4429 |


Transfer Student Success Center
313-577-2487 |