Boise State University - Boise, ID | Idaho Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Boise State University

School Summary
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Boise State University

Boise State University is located in the capital city of Boise, Idaho. The campus is situated less than one mile from the city's bustling downtown district. Among the crowd-drawing annual events in Boise are the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration. Visitors can enjoy nearby mountains, desert sand dunes, canyons and whitewater rafting rivers. The city is also home to the only AAM accredited museum in the state of Idaho, the Boise Art Museum.

Boise State's Department of Art offers four-year BA or BFA degrees in visual arts that include study in drawing, typography and graphic design, and creative photography. The BFA requires an emphasis in art metals, ceramics, drawing, interdisciplinary art studio, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. BFA degrees are also available in the fields of graphic design and illustration. The illustration program includes a senior project required for graduation. Boise also offers a two-year MFA degree in visual arts, with an emphasis in alternative media, art metals, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. In addition, Boise offers a pre-architecture non-degree program to be completed in 2 to 2 1/2 years, intended to be transferable and satisfy the first two years of most architectural programs.

Boise State has a variety of scholarships available to students. Freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for many scholarships including the Benefactor Scholarship, the BSU Bookstore Scholarship, the Dean's Scholarship, and the All University Scholarship. There are two merit-based tuition assistance programs specifically for non-resident students, the Gem Scholarship and the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Boise State also offers many Departmental and College-based scholarships, including Art Scholarship Competitions for incoming freshmen or continuing undergraduates and transfer students.

Campus life at Boise State includes over 200 student organizations and a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center. Since 1990, the top professor in the state of Idaho as selected by the Carnegie Foundation has come from Boise State ten times. Students and faculty work side-by-side, with students involved in research, a student to faculty ratio of 19:1, and an average class size of 28 students. The university is a fully accredited member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,