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GD Candidacy Portfolio Review

All graphic design majors must submit their work to Candidacy Portfolio Review for acceptance into the BFA Graphic Design degree track. This review usually occurs during a student’s third semester at Appalachian (possibly earlier for transfer students), after completion of the 1000 level Foundations Core courses, Art 1102 Introduction to Graphic Design, and Art 2102 Typography I. All design majors must pass the Candidacy Portfolio Review before taking any 3000 level course.

Students who do not pass this review may also repeat courses and/or continue to take 2000 level studio courses and resubmit to the Candidacy Portfolio Review one time only, or use earned art credits as electives or requirements towards a minor in art.

For more information about Graphic Design Candidacy Portfolio Review, contact Mark Nystrom, Graphic Design Program Coordinator.

Laptop Computer Requirement

All students who pass Candidacy Portfolio Review will be required to purchase a laptop computer and software. More information can be found here.

Graphic Design Candidacy Forms

These forms include detailed instructions on how to prepare artworks and important deadlines. Incomplete forms or improperly formatted artworks will not be reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Art at 828.262.2220 for assistance.