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Bachelor's Degree in Communication

Concentration: Visual Communication Design (BA)

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Visual Communication Design Concentration Overview

We live in a visual society. Purdue University Northwest’s communication degree with a concentration in visual communication design gives students the opportunity to explore the visual world. Visual communicators combine words, images and ideas in original ways to convey information.

This concentration emphasizes real-world problem-solving, contemporary creative thinking, design methodology, technique and skill development, industry-standard computer technology, and practical ability.

Department of Communication and Creative Arts

We have two dedicated art studios with access to industry-standard technology that are available to students outside of classroom hours.

Visual Communication Design Concentration Curriculum

As a student in the visual communication design concentration, you will take a balance of general education courses, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences core courses, and communication courses. Our curriculum emphasizes real-world problem-solving, media and cultural studies, contemporary creative thinking and design methodology.

You’ll develop techniques skills using industry-standard digital technology to communicate in compelling, meaningful ways.

Start strong with core studio classes in design principles, drawing and typography.

Visual Communication Design Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • AD 10500 – Design I
  • AD 11200 – Typography
  • AD 11300 – Basic Drawing
  • AD 11400 – Drawing II

Continue to build skills through photography, digital imaging and multimedia courses.

Visual Communication Design Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • AD 20400 – Digital Imaging
  • AD 22200 – Introduction to Photography
  • AD 22800 – Visual Communication Design Computing II
  • AD 23800 – Integrated Fine Arts

Refine your artistic voice with digital design techniques and discover the world of human expression. You can also complete an internship this year.

Visual Communication Design Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • AD 25500 – Art Appreciation
  • AD 29000 – Digital Drawing
  • AD 31800 – Introduction to Interactive Multimedia Design
  • AD 32800 – Visual Communication Design I

Explore painting and advanced visual communication techniques while assembling a professional portfolio. You’re also encouraged to complete an internship in the field.

Visual Communication Design Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • AD 32900 – Visual Communication Design II
  • AD 39200 – Painting
  • AD 40300 – Portfolio Process and Presentation
  • AD 49100 – Visual Communication 3D Design

Visual Communication Design Concentration Highlights

As a Visual Communication Design student, you’ll flex your creative muscles in a variety of ways. Our students design everything from stationery to skateboards.

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Visual Communication Design Concentration Outcomes

With well-rounded knowledge and thorough understanding of both medium and message, you’ll graduate with a professional portfolio and a sought-after skill set for work in design studios, advertising agencies and corporations.

Visual Communication Design Concentration Career Paths

A visual communication design concentration from PNW prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Animator
  • Digital photographer
  • Layout artist

Visual Communication Design Concentration Beyond the Classroom

You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, including:

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Visual Communication Design Concentration Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a visual communication design concentration may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

  • Edwin F. and Elsie L. Buck Scholarship
  • John R. Troyer Communication Scholarship

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a Concentration in Visual Communication Design at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s visual communication design concentration allows students to gain industry-relevant knowledge while enhancing their communication skills to include words, images and ideas.

To see how a bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in visual communication design from PNW opens doors, from art studios to corporate and non-profit leadership, take the next step today!

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