Visual Communication Design Program Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in visual communication design. Visual communication design majors may take the general course of study or may select the interactive design, motion graphics or photography track. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum.

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions. Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

Major Requirements (all students):

ART 106

Introduction to Art History

ART 110

Fundamentals of Design I

ART 113

Fundamentals of Design II

ART 116

Drawing I

ART 117

Drawing II

ART 205

Art History Survey Topics

ART 390

Internship I

PHOTO 141

Basic Digital Photography

VCD 208

Web Design I

VCD 210

Communication Design I

VCD 211

Communication Design II

VCD 230

Typography I

VCD 256

The Moving Image

VCD 308

Web Design II

VCD 310

Communication Design III

VCD 410

Portfolio & Professional Development

VCD 450

Senior Capstone

Communication Design electives from among the following. Exact number of credits based on the declared track.

VCD 370

Relationship of Design & Business

VCD 380

Professional Design Studio

VCD 440

Designing for a Target Market

VCD 480

Design Studio: Exhibition Design

VCD 480

Design Studio: Creative Strategies

VCD 480

Design Studio: Packaging Design

VCD 480

Design Studio: Corporate Comm. & Branding

VCD 480

Design Studio: Special Topics

Materials and Methods electives from among the following. Exact number of credits based on the declared track.

ART 215

Painting I

ART 216

Painting II

ART 217

Figure Drawing

ART 219

Printmaking

ART 250

Topics in Alternative Fine Art Processes

ART 315

Surface Design

PHOTO 241

Intermediate Digital Photography

PHOTO 242

Fashion and Portrait Photography

PHOTO 250

Topics in Alternative Photo Processes

PHOTO 341

Advanced Studio Photography

PHOTO 342

Documentary and photojournalism

Secondary Requirements:

ART 256 or

Commercial & Industrial Scriptwriting* (recommended)

CM 233

Writing for the Web* (recommended)

IS 125

Fundamentals of Digital Media*

CM 101

Public Speaking*

CM 211 or

Intercultural Communication*

CM 255 or

Small Group Communication*

CM 270

New Media Communication*

PHIL 320

Aesthetics* (recommended)

Students must also complete the courses for the general program or one of the tracks listed below.

Visual Communication (General Program):

ART 305

Topics in Art History

VCD 330

Typography II

Six credits of Communication Design electives. (See list above)

Six credits of Materials and Methods electives. (See list above)

Interactive Design Track:

IAD 380

Advanced Interactive Studio

IAD 381

Mobile and Responsive Design

IAD 480

Interactive Design Special Topics

ART 305

Topics in Art History: History of Moving Images & Art

CM 223

Writing for the Web (secondary requirement)

VCD 330

Typography II

Three credits of Materials and Methods electives. (See list above)

Motion Graphics Track:

ART 256

Commercial and Industrial Scriptwriting

ART 305

Topics in Art History: Moving Images & Art

MOGR 330

Typography in Motion

MOGR 331

Intermediate Motion Graphics

MOGR 431

Advanced Motion Graphics and Effects

Three credits of Communication Design electives. (See list above)

Three credits of Materials and Methods courses. (See list above)

Photography Track:

ART 305

Topics in Art History: Photography

PHOTO 241

Intermediate Digital Photography

PHOTO 341

Advanced Studio Photography

PHOTO 342

Documentary and Photojournalism

PHOTO 480

Photo Studio Special Topics

Three credits of Communication Design electives. (See list above)

Students may seek a Bachelor of Art or a Bachelor of Science degree under this program. Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete at least two courses in a foreign language at the intermediate level or above.