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Graphic Design

Faculty of Architecture
Department of Architecture and Urbanism

 

Major: Graphic Design

 

Professional qualification: Graphic Designer

 

Level of qualification: Educational-and-qualification degree Bachelor

 

Duration of programme: 4 years / 8 semesters

 

Number of credits allocated: 240

 

Field of study (ISCED-F):  0212: Fashion, interior and industrial design

 

Admissions requirements: to be diploma holders of completed secondary education and to sit an entrance exam

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior studies
ECTS Coordinator - Desislava Hristova, Arch., tel.: +359 52359579, e-mail: arch@vfu.bg - provides information about the opportunities for recognition of prior education - formal and informal.
Procedure: recognition of credits from academic transcripts of domestic and foreign universities (if the academic transcript is from a foreign university, it must be legalized and translated into the Bulgarian language), foreign language diplomas, computer skills certificates and diplomas. 

Requirements and rules for the qualification: 240 credits, of which 10 are obtained for successfully defended diploma thesis. The training ends with a diploma thesis defence, but only students who have successfully passed all their exams throughout their course of studies and have defended successfully their semester projects are admitted to defence. 

 

Profile of the major: The main goal of the program is to prepare professionals in the field of graphic design with skills to design total-graphic design of company advertising, print communication graphics, screen graphics, web design, design of exhibition spaces and events. 
The high quality of education is guaranteed by the involvement of outstanding Bulgarian experts in the field and practicing designers, as well as with the collaboration of experts from Italy, Germany, Spain and the US, with which the university has partnership relations or works jointly on mobility programmes for lecturers and students. The latter may take part of their training modules at partner European universities under the Erasmus programme. The curriculum is flexible and allows adaptation to such practices, given the uniform European credit system in higher education.

 

Key learning outcomes: The graduated graphic designers will be able to design total-graphic design of company advertising (logo, jobbing work - business card, form, envelope, flyers, brochures, catalogues, posters, billboards, web-based advertising, etc.), print communication graphics, screen graphics, web design, space layouts, concept design, etc.
The successful graduates receive qualification "graphic designer" with diploma and the special labels for quality and recognition of the education in Europe - ECTS Label and DS Label, which Varna "Chernorizets Hrabar" has been awarded with. 

 

Structural diagram of the courses with credits*:        

       

No

ECTS Code

Course

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

Credits

Tuition  hours

Tuition  hours

 

 

1

2

3

4

 5

1

ARC1267

History of Art

30

60

3

2

ARC1268

Colour Science

30

60

3

3

ARC1269

Structural Combinatorics

30

60

3

4

INF1461

Computer Design (Corel Draw )

45

90

4,5

5

ARC1240

Drawing – part I

30

60

3

6

ARC1243

Painting – part І

30

60

3

 

ARC1315

Foreign Language  - basic level

60

120

6

 

SPO1160

Physical Culture and Sports

45

90

4,5

Total for the 1st semester

300

600

30

7

ARC1314

Perspective

30

60

3

8

ARC1247

History of Design

30

60

3

9

INF1457

Computer Design (InDesign)

30

60

3

10

INF1458

Computer Design (Photoshop)

40

80

4

11

ARC1249

Drawing - part ІІ

30

60

3

12

ARC1251

Painting - part ІІ

30

60

3

13

ARC1253

Ergonomics

15

30

1,5

14

ARC1315

Foreign Language  - basic level

60

120

6

15

SPO1160

Physical Culture and Sports 

35

70

3,5

Total for the 2nd  semester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the1st year

600

1200

60

16

ARC1255

History of Art of the 20th century

30

60

3

17

INF1459

Computer Design (Illustrator)

60

120

6

18

INF1460

Computer Design (3D Studio Max)

60

120

6

19

ARC1261

Drawing – part ІІІ

30

60

3

20

ARC1283

Painting – part ІІІ

30

60

3

21

ARC1265

Portfolio and Presentations

30

60

3

22

ARC1270

Composition in Visual Arts

30

60

3

23

 

Elective course А

30

60

3

Total for the 3rd semester

300

600

30

24

ARC1316

Modelling

45

90

4,5

25

ARC1295

Scale Modelling

45

90

4,5

26

PSY1265

Psychology of Perception

30

60

3

27

ARC1317

Photography

15

30

1,5

28

ARC1318

Semiotics

15

30

1,5

29

ARC1272

Language Culture

15

30

1,5

30

ARC2022 

Design of Materials and Technologies

45

90

4,5

31

 

Elective course B1

30

60

3

32

 

Elective course B2

30

60

3

33

 

Elective course B3

30

60

3

Total for the 4th semester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the 2nd  year

600

1200

60

34

ARC1284

Font and Typography - part I

60

120

6

35

ARC1285

Basic Concepts of Visual Language

45

90

4,5

36

ARC1286

Logo and Jobbing Work

45

90

4,5

37

ARC1287

Illustration

45

90

4,5

38

ARC1288

Poster and Billboard

45

90

4,5

39

ARC1289

Page Layout

45

90

4,5

40

ARC1290

History of Graphic Design

15

30

1,5

Total for the 5th semester

300

600

30

41

ARC1291

Corporate Design - part I

120

240

12

42

ARC1292

WEB design І (Programming techniques)

90

180

9

43

ARC1293

Font and Typography – part  II

60

120

6

44

 

Optional course  A

30

60

3

Total for the 6th semester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the 3rd  year

600

1200

60

45

ARC1294

Corporate Design - Part II

90

180

9

46

 

Elective course C1

40

80

4

47

 

Elective course C2

40

80

4

48

 

Elective course C3

40

80

4

49

 

Optional course В1

30

60

3

50

 

Optional course В2

30

60

3

51

 

Optional course В3

30

60

3

Total for the 7th semester

300

600

30

52

ARC1349

Corporate Design Part III

50

100

5

53

 

Elective course D1

30

60

3

54

 

Elective course D2

30

60

3

55

 

Elective course D3

30

60

3

56

 

Elective course D4

30

60

3

57

 

Optional course C

30

60

3

Total for the 8th semester

200

400

20

 

 

Total for the 4th  year

500

1000

50

Diploma thesis

 

300

10

         Total for the entire course of training:

2300

4900

240

Elective courses   

A

PHI2004

Philosophy

30

60

3

SOC1025

Sociology

В

ARC1296

Drawing  - part IV

90

180

9

ARC1297

Painting - part IV

ARC1271

Aesthetics

AEC1350

Digital Tools  (AutoCAD)

С

FAR1096

Font Art 2 D

120

240

12

ARC1343

Multimedia and Computer Animation

ARC1351

WEB Design ІI

ARC1352

Drawing (stylization of objects)

D

FLT 2006

Second Foreign Language

120

240

12

ARC1353

Visual Communication Signs

ARC1354

Illustration  II

FAR1029

Advertising

ARC1355

Design of Electronic Editions

Optional courses

A

ARC 2012

Introduction to architectural lighting

30

60

3

ARC1299

Interior

В

INF1495

Computer Design (3D Studio Max) ІІ

90

180

9

MAN1242

Design Management  

ARC1356

Advertising Sculpture

ARC1357

Calligraphy

C

ARC1358

Synthesis of Arts

30

60

3

ARC1359

Packaging Design

ARC1298

History of Architecture

Foreign Languages

1.

FLE 1002

Foreign Language – English

120

240

12

FLG 1002

Foreign Language – German

FLF 1002

Foreign Language – French

FLS 1002

Foreign Language – Spanish

FLR 1002

Foreign Language – Russian

 

Mode of training – full-time; 

 

Examination regulationsassessment and grading: The assessment is according to ECTS and its Bulgarian equivalent. The assessment is based on the following criteria: comprehensiveness of the demonstrated knowledge, quality of documenting of the course assignments and projects, comprehensiveness of research of the problems of particular subject, structure and graphic arrangement of the projects.

 

Optional or compulsory mobility: Opportunity for mobility under Erasmus programme  

 

Internship: none

 

Apprenticeship programmes: none

 

Professional profile of the graduates: The graduated graphic designer pursues a career in advertising agencies and studios, publishing houses, print and electronic media, design studios, galleries, museums, theaters, televisions, administrative and specialized bodies, institutions and civil society organizations in the field of culture, and as experts in municipal and state institutions, other civil formations in the field of culture, leisure and tourism.

 

Access to further studies: Master’s degree and PhD programmes

 

Programme director: Cor. Mem. Prof. Arch. Atanas Kovachev, D. Sc. 
Tel: 052/359 596, email: arch@vfu.bg