A minimum of 120 semester credit hours is required for Bachelor of Arts degree completion. Each student takes the core curriculum consisting of 25 courses totaling 72 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include business, design, and general studies. 16 program-specific courses totaling 48 semester credit hours are also required, giving the student the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in one of the fields of the fields of fashion design and product development, interior design, merchandise marketing and management, or visual communication.
The Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree is an eight consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 32 months after entering the Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree program.