The BFA in Art with a concentration in graphic design at ECU includes thirty hours of courses in graphic design, with supporting coursework in art foundations, art history, art electives, and general education requirements. Class projects include abstract exercises, reading, and practical assignments. Some classes produce projects for actual clients, and internships and foreign travel are encouraged. Aspiring graphic designers start with admission to East Carolina University. Admitted students declare a major in art (BFA). There is no portfolio requirement or admission procedures for the art major other than university admission at the freshman level. After completion of sophomore level (Art 2200 and Art 2210) graphic design courses, students submit a portfolio (of work from Art 2200 and Art 2210) to be admitted to the graphic design concentration. Admission is competitive and based on a student's portfolio, grades, and aptitude with design process/thinking.
The MFA in Art with a concentration in graphic design is a sixty hour degree (PDF). Graduates of the program are prepared to seek employment in academia as a professor of graphic design, undertake high-level graphic design practice, or a variety of other options. The curriculum includes coursework in graphic design, art history, supporting art areas (art electives), and coursework outside the School of Art and Design.