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Visual Communications

UD visual communications students paint in a studio | visual communication major

The Visual Communications program has an outstanding national reputation, cited by Creativity Magazine and a number of polls as one of the top 20 programs in the country. The VC degree is a two-year program that builds on our two-year Core curriculum through a series of courses intended to inspire inquiry in the art of communication design and to impart applicable skills in various design methodologies.

Our program engages students in an educational experience where they learn by doing.  In our small classes students have intense studio experiences, exploring their creativity, developing skills, and designing across all media. Through internships, study abroad programs, field trips and visiting artists and designers our graduates leave school already plugged-in to their career path.    

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Typography

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Art Director
  • Commercial Artist
  • Game Designer/Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Museum Exhibition Designer

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Graphic Design
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Interior Design

What's special about this program?

We teach students how to open their eyes to a career as a creative person. We arm students with skills applicable to many design-related professions like graphic design, advertising, digital media, and illustration. We produce culture-makers who use the power of ideas to transform the culture. Students work closely with professors in an environment that challenges them to re-think what they know about the world around them.

Get Involved

Artist Network Initiative

Photography Club

Printing Revolution

StuArt

TEDxUD

The Review

UDress Magazine

Sample Curriculum

Fall and/or Spring

ART209 Core Design           

ART204 Media, Design, Culture

ART235 Core Drawing

ART236 Core Painting

ART284 Core Photography  

ART295 Core Ceramics

ART218 Core Colloquium    

TOTAL: 10 credits per semester/20 credits Freshmen year

Fall and/or Spring

ART208 Core Typography    

ART205 Core Interactive Media

ART245 Core Printmaking    

ART255 Core Sculpture

ART265 Core 3D Modeling   

ART285 Core Moving Images

ART218 Core Colloquium     

TOTAL: 10 credits per semester/20 credits Sophomore year

Fall and/or Spring

ART301 Design Studio 

ART302 Typography Methods

ART303 Design Methods

ART307 Interaction Design

ART Electives

18 credits Junior year

Fall and/or Spring

ART401 Portfolio Preparation

ART402 Experimental Type

ART403 Degree Project 

ART408 Internship

ART409 Design Context

ART417 BFA Exhibition

ART Elective

18 credits Senior year

Core curriculum = 40 credits

Advanced curriculum = 36 credits

Art total = 76 credits minimum, 86 credits maximum

Art History = 12 credits

76 Art credits / 124 credits total

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