Visual Communication Design Policies for Continuance and Progression

Visual communication design student performance is measured by grades earned in general education and major courses and the ability to effectively create, compile, and present a portfolio of work.

Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all major and Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to advance to the next course without earning a grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite course(s).

If a student achieves a grade of a "C-" or lower, the course must be repeated and a "C" or better must be achieved to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. A student may not earn a grade of "C-" or lower in any major course more than two times during the program. If a third grade of a "C-" or lower is earned in any major course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the program.

During the first two years, visual communication design students must satisfy specific prerequisite requirements to remain in the VCD major. The 100- and 200-level courses provide the foundation needed for VCD junior- and senior-level course work (professional practicum, studios, senior capstone, etc.) The specific criteria that must be met before students are allowed to progress from one level to the next are outlined below:

Progression criteria for students entering VCD sophomore-level course sequence.

To progress to VCD 210, VCD 230, and VCD 256, (offered in the fall of the sophomore year) students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in major courses
  • Earn at least a "C" or better in all major courses
  • Repeat no more than two major courses
  • Participation in first-year portfolio review

    Students who earn a rating of unsatisfactory in the portfolio review will be allowed to progress to the 200-level courses provided all other criteria are met. These students will be placed on probation in the major.

Progression criteria for students entering junior-level course sequence.

To progress into 300-level major courses students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all major courses
  • Earn at least a "C" or better in all major courses
  • Repeat no more than two major courses
  • Satisfactory portfolio review by the end of the 200-level course sequence

    Students participate in a portfolio review upon completion of VCD 210, 230, and VCD 256. Students who earn a rating of unsatisfactory in the portfolio review are placed on probation and are reviewed again at the end of the year. Students who do not earn a rating of satisfactory at the end-of-the-year portfolio review will be dismissed from the major.

Progression criteria for students entering senior-level course sequence.

To progress to the 400-level IAD, MOGR, PHOTO, or VCD courses, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all major courses
  • Earn at least a "C" or better in all major courses
  • Repeat no more than two major courses

Probation: A student who does not achieve a satisfactory first- or second-year portfolio review, or who does not meet minimum GPA standards, or who earns any combination of two grades of "C-" or lower will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on probation in the major. Students on probation may continue to take courses in the major provided all other progression criteria are met.

Dismissal: A student will automatically be dismissed from the major if any of the following occurs:

  • The student earns a third grade of "C-" or lower in any major course
  • The student does not participate in required portfolio reviews
  • The student is on probation and does not earn a satisfactory portfolio review at the end of the 200-level course sequence

If dismissed from the major, student’s major will be changed to deciding until the student selects another program. Students may seek readmission to the visual communication design major following the "Policy for Seeking Readmission to the Major."

The department chair has final authority to determine standing in the major.

The visual communication design program policies for continuance and progression are distributed to all new students during the First-Year Seminar and transfer advising.