Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design

About

Whether you want to become a print designer, a web guru or a mixture of the two, the Bachelor of Design (BDes) program will help you build the skills you need to succeed. In the BDes program, you’ll explore many different types of design, work closely with skilled faculty members and learn from your fellow students.

The majority of the courses required for the degree are studio-based, so you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience. You’ll have the chance to practice your drawing, sketching and illustrating skills. You’ll also learn how to use a variety of digital tools, including Adobe Creative Cloud, GitHub and more. With each project, you’ll receive feedback from others so that you can continue to improve.

Curriculum & RequirementsAcademic Plan

Curriculum & Requirements

Visual Communication Design Major, Bachelor of Design (BDes)

A Bachelor of Design is geared heavily toward design, with less emphasis on fine arts. Our program objective is to prepare students for employment in design-related fields.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Grade Requirements: in order to receive a degree in design, students must earn the department requirement of ≥2.5 GPA in all DESN coursework.

Required Courses
DESN 100DRAWING FOR COMMUNICATION5
DESN 200VISUAL THINKING5
DESN 216DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS5
DESN 243TYPOGRAPHY5
DESN 263VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 15
DESN 338USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN 15
DESN 359GLOBAL HISTORIES OF DESIGN5
DESN 363VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 24
DESN 368WEB DESIGN 15
DESN 463VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 34
DESN 480PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE4
DESN 493PORTFOLIO (may be repeated)2
Media Studies-choose one of the following, other choices may count as electives.4-5
EMERGENT DESIGN
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
MOTION DESIGN
DIGITAL VIDEO
Advanced Studies-choose one of the following, other choices may count as electives.4-5
TYPOGRAPHY 2
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN 2
ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
MOTION DESIGN 2
PRODUCTION DESIGN
WEB DESIGN 2
Senior Capstone
DESN 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Electives15-16
VISUAL STORYTELLING
SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION
3D ANIMATION
DIGITAL SOUND
ADVANCED DIGITAL SOUND
DIRECTED STUDY
IMAGINARY WORLDS
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN 3
WEB DESIGN 3
SENIOR PROJECT
INTERNSHIP
EXPERIMENTAL
DIRECTED STUDY
Total Credits82-85

Catalog Listing