Visual Communications Design

Visual Communications Design (VCD) develops students as problem seekers with the capacity to plan communication strategies and form effective visual products. The curriculum is structured to prepare students for a profession that is evolving rapidly influences by computer technology advances. Students master the technical skills involved in typography, image generation, visual structure, and composition, as well as to think conceptually, articulate ideas, and critically evaluate the form making process. VCD majors combine words, ideas and images in original ways to convey information and promote ideas to targeted audiences. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Special note regarding portfolio review: An art portfolio is not required to begin this major. However, students are required to pass a selective portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year at Purdue to advance to upper-level design and complete this major. Selection is competitive and is based on the student's work in Purdue art and design courses and development as a designer. Students not selected for upper-level VCD work with their academic advisor to change to their second choice major.

Visual Communications Design Website

Plan of Study

Visual Communications Design, BFA

Related Career Interests

Careers in Visual Communications Design

  • Graphic design manager
  • Brochure and graphic design associate
  • Video game graphic designer
  • Graphic designer for a publishing company

Transfer to Visual Communications Design

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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