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BFA Program

4 crazy intense amazing years

Learn to see the world as a designer

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Understand and create design systems

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Design strategies to improve the way we live

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bamboopow - Ian San Martin (BFA, 2021)
Deadly Air - The Silent Killer - Infographic - Victor Martinez (BFA, 2021)
Syner Powerful Bee Products - MarcAnthony Bermudez (BFA, 2021)
3 Capitals of South Africa - Jocelyn Flores (BFA, 2021)
Action! Film Conference - Tehua Cruz (BFA, 2020)
Bar Key Bartending Summit - Rachel Villacorta (BFA, 2020)
Base Camp - Charles Perez (BFA, 2020)
Beowulf Type Poster - Francisco Lugo (BFA, 2023)
Censorship Booklet - Emily Lovo (BFA, 2021)
Defy Fragrances - Emily Hojnowski (BFA, 2021)
Don Quixote De La Mancha Book Cover - Trevor Tealor (BFA, 2023)
Dreamcon Website - Emily Hojnowski (BFA, 2021)
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2020 - Ruby Marie Filoteo (BFA, 2023)
Greater Hartford Jazz Festival 2020 - Ulyssa Molina (BFA, 2023)
Ground Up - Allison Reyes (BFA, 2020)
Homelessness PSA Campaign - Jocelyn Flores (BFA, 2021)
Il Forno Logo - Jocelyn Flores (BFA, 2021)
Light Pollution Infographic - Emily Hojnowski (BFA, 2021)
Menu Redesign - Amy Alvarez (BFA, 2022)
Not My President Poster Series - Emily Lovo (BFA, 2021)
The Invisible Man - Ruby Marie Filoteo (BFA, 2023)
The Uprise of Technology: 3D Printer - Jocelyn Flores (BFA, 2021)
We Meet - Alejandra Lopez Mendez (BFA, 2020)
Wonderkid - Emily Hojnowski (BFA, 2021)
 

Work done by students in the Graphic Design program has been recognized in regional, state, national, and international competitions including: AIGA Flux, AIGA Texas Show, DSVC National Student Show & Conference, CMYK Magazine, Logo Lounge, and the American Advertisign Awards.

 
 

Our Degree Plan


A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design is considered a “professional preparatory degree,” which means that you are ready to enter the workplace. Graphic Design degree courses are highlighted.

1st Year Fall - 16 Hours

GDSN
1100
Orientation to Graphic Design
1
GDSN
1301
Graphic Design Software
3
GDSN
1380
Foundations of Design
3
ARTS
1301
Drawing I
3
PHIL
1301
Intro to Philosophy
3
ENGL
1311
Composition I
3

1st Year Spring - 16 Hours

GDSN
1410
Image Lab
4
GDSN
1390
Typography I
3
ENGL
1312
Composition II
3
DHWP
1200
Dimensions of Health/Wellness
2
PEHP
1 hr
Physical Education from list
1
MATH
3 hr
Math from list
3
 
 

2nd Year Fall - 15 Hours

GDSN
2305
Visual Language
3
GDSN
2390
Typograpy II
3
ELEC
3 hr
Art/Design Elective from list
3
ARTH
2361
Art History: Ancient through Medieval
3
ENGL
2310
World Literature
3

2nd Year Spring - 16 Hours

GDSN
2300
Interactive Design I: Basic Design & Languages
3
GDSN
2310
Graphic Design I: Intro to Visual Communications
3
ELEC
3hr
Art/Design Elective from list
3
ARTH
2362
Art History: Renaissance to Modern
3
SCIE
4 hr
Science w/ Lab from list
4

 

3rd Year Fall - 15 Hours

GDSN
3300
Interactive Design II: User Interface Design
3
GDSN
3310
Graphic Design II: Visual Systems
3
GDSN
4330
History of Communication Design
3
PHIL
3375
Aesthetics of Art & Beauty
3
LANG
3 hr
Language I from list
3

3rd Year Spring - 15 Hours

GDSN
4300
Interactive Design III: Dynamic Web Systems
3
GDSN
4310
Graphic Design III: Information Design
3
GDSN
4325
Business of Design
3
ARTH
3361
Survey of Contemporary Art
3
LANG
3 hr
Language II from list
3

 

4th Year Fall - 15 Hours

GDSN
4301
Advanced Projects Practicum
3
GDSN
4399
Special Topics
3
ELEC
3 hr
Upper Division Art/Design Elective from list
3
SOSC
3 hr
Social Science from list
3
HIST
3 hr
History from list
3

4th Year Spring - 12 Hours

GDSN
4220
Senior BFA Seminar
2
GDSN
4240
AP: Graphic Design (8 weeks)
2
GDSN
4250
AP: Interactive Design (8 weeks)
2
GDSN
4303
Senior Portfolio
3
RELS
3 hr
Religion from list
3
 
 

Prospective Students

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Faculty

Doris Palmeros

  • Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • MFA, Graphic Design
  • Temple University, Tyler School of Art

Doris Palmeros is an award-winning graphic designer. She is originally from South Texas. Her design experience began in NYC at Pushpin Studios, which lead to her own company TwinPop Design working on branding and licensing projects with high profile clients like Dr. Seuss and Mattel. Upon coming home to Texas, Doris spent her first years back working at Giles Design producing award-winning work.

Since arriving at UIW in 2013, her main pursuit is inspiring her students, and helping her clients express their vision. Her design background fuels her interest in research areas that involve Social Design and Design Advocacy. This stemming from her belief that design has the power to make social impact and encourages her students to find their voice and become good social design citizens.

 

Teresa Trevino

  • Professor
  • MFA, Graphic Communication
  • University of Houston
  • MA, Design
  • Cal State, Fullerton

Teresa Trevino is a graphic designer and an educator. She has taken workshops with Ken Garland, David Skopec, Duarte Design and Edward Tufte with an emphasis on Information Design.

Professor Trevino has participated as a guest speaker and instructor in international forums in Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and the United States. Before coming to UIW in 2015, she taught for fifteen years in Monterrey, Mexico.

 

Michael Clayton

  • Professor
  • MFA, Graphic Design
  • Utah State University

Michael Clayton has taught Foundation Design, Interactive Design, User Interface Design, and Motion Graphics at UIW since 2001. His current research topics include Visual Note Taking (Sketchnoting) and Graphic Recording.

Mr. Clayton has presented at the UCDA Education Summit, TechEd California, AIGA San Antonio, the Internation Sketchnote Camps in Hamburg and Lisbon, VizThink Berlin, and to other professional and community groups around the world.

 
 

Contact Us

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Mailing Address

Graphic Design Program
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
USA

Phone

+1 (210) 283-6445

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