School of Art
The University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-4019

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Course Requirements

Acceptance into the Major Concentration is by competitive portfolio review. Students must meet TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirement in addition to other academic requirements.


UH - Core Requirements

42 Hours

Major Requirements

81 Hours

Art History

12 Hours

ARTH 1380 Art and Society: Prehistoric to Gothic


ARTH 1380 fulfills a UH core requirement
as well as a major requirement.


ARTH 1381 Art and Society: Renaissance to Modern


2 courses: ARTH 2000/3000/4000 level


Fundamentals: Four 1000-level studio courses selected from:

12 Hours

ART 1301 Drawing (Mandated Course)


ART 1330 Graphic Communications (Mandated Course)


ART 1371 Photography/Digital Media (Recommended Course)


ART 1382 Computer Tools in the Arts (Recommended Course)


Related Arts: Seven Studio Courses

21 Hours

ART 3330 Intermediate Graphic Communications (Mandated Course)


ART 3303 Color (Mandated Course)


ART 3334 Design Principles (Mandated Course)


ART 3331 Graphic Design Software (Recommended Course)


ART 3313 Silkscreen (Recommended Course)


ART 3318 Book Arts (Recommended Course)


ART 3321 Perspective Drawing (Recommended Course)


Major Concentration: Three concurrent 3-hour courses per term

36 Hours

ART 3335 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Fall)


ART 3336 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Fall)


ART 3337 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Fall)


ART 3335 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Spring)


ART 3336 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Spring)


ART 3337 Junior Graphic Communications Major (Spring)


ART 4330 Senior Graphic Communications Major I (Fall)


ART 4331 Senior Graphic Communications Major I (Fall)


ART 4332 Senior Graphic Communications Major I (Fall)


ART 4333 Senior Graphic Communications Major II (Spring)


ART 4334 Senior Graphic Communications Major II (Spring)


ART 4335 Senior Graphic Communications Major II (Spring)


Total Hours for Program Completion

120 Hours


Junior Block Review

Students who are applying for Graphic Communications Junior Block should submit a portfolio and a written statement of intent. Students who fulfill the following requirements or are advised by their faculty can apply. Upon acceptance a space will be held for you in this class.


12 hours of Fundamentals completed and minimum of 15 hours 3000/4000 level Related Arts completed or enrolled in. A minimum 2.67 (B-) in your advanced art courses is required.


Properly mounted work should be hung in rooms 302, 304, 308 FA on the date announced. Portfolios are hung for presentation between the hours of 8 am and 11am that day. Faculty review begins at 12 noon. The review process should be completed by 6 pm. All work should be picked up that evening. Students should come prepared with push pins to hang their work.

Additional Contents

Include 12–15 pieces of work.

A name tag to identify work (mount with your work)

An official transcript listing of all studio courses which you have completed and are presently taking, as well as final grades for courses completed. Place in a sealed envelope beside your work.

A brief written statement of intent which should include why you would like to be a graphic designer in the Graphic Communications program and what your goals and expectations are regarding graphic design as a career. Do not mount this, leave with your work.


Work will be evaluated based on organization, craft, quantity/quality, creativity of Ideas, compositional skills, color and consistency. Further evaluation is based on your statement, process and overall program performance to date. Careful consideration should be given to inclusion of work from your design courses.


A notice of accepted individuals will be placed with your work following the review of each portfolio.