Nov 30, 2023
Communication Design admission and pre-major requirements
Entering students interested in pursuing a major in the Department of Design in the College of Visual Arts and Design are classified as pre-majors.
To be admitted to the communication design major (and to be eligible to enroll in subsequent major-specific course work), a pre-major must meet all of the following requirements.
Complete with a grade of C or better
Specific additional requirements for each concentration are as follows:
- Have a minimum 2.75 GPA on required art courses.
- Have a minimum 2.25 UNT grade point average.
Communication Design Candidacy Portfolio Review:
Successful completion of Candidacy Portfolio Review is required for ADES 1540 or ADES 1543 .
Communication Design Entry Portfolio Review:
Successful completion of Entry Portfolio Review is required for admission to major and subsequent courses in the degree.
Completion of at least 75 hours of art to include 21 hours of art core (required for all design majors):
Graphic design concentration
For all students seeking a major in the College of Visual Arts and Design, a grade of C or above must be earned in every art-based course required in the College of Visual Arts and Design (completed in residence or transferred to UNT) to be considered for credit toward a CVAD degree. A grade of D or below will not satisfy any art-based course requirements, electives or prerequisites.
No minor is required.
Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements . Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Visual Arts and Design Academic Advising Office, Art Building, Room 232.
- 24 advanced hours must be completed at UNT.
- 36 hours of art (including at least 12 advanced hours) must be completed at UNT.
- Transfer course work substituted for required UNT art courses must be approved by a student’s faculty advisor during the degree audit process.
- A 2.5 grade point average must be maintained in all art courses; only a grade of C (2.0) or better in art courses will count toward degree requirements.
Four-year degree plan (example)
The following four-year plan is one example of a variety of ways in which you can complete your chosen degree in four years, and will serve as a guide for you to design your pathway to degree completion. Variations will depend on whether you need to take prerequisites or have college credit from exams or dual enrollment.
*Communication Graphic Design-advanced selection: See the 3 hour course selection under “Graphic design concentration” for requirements.