Graphic Design / Visual Communication Design

Department of Art

Graphic Design / Visual Communication Design

As a student in the visual communication design/graphic design program, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate ideas and information through various applications of artistic disciplines. You’ll engage in a hands-on curriculum that covers a large spectrum of topics in the design industry including advertising, design, branding, development and more. Effective visual communication requires research and analysis, and you’ll build these skills at UIndy.

Program strengths

  • Courses that help you build competencies in industry-wide software applications such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
  • Courses that help you learn basics in computer coding languages such as Javascript, HTML and CSS
  • With a small faculty-to-student ratio, you’ll spend more time with professors to improve on skills, work on individual challenges and build your professional portfolio
  • Small classes give you a more intimate educational experience, in which you will learn to work as part of a team and collaborate with other creative professionals
  • Indianapolis location provides a growing community full of opportunities for internships and careers, as well as a large networking pool

Professional skills development

Being successful in the visual communication design and graphic design industry requires more than just being a talented artist. While you’re at UIndy, the following skills and activities wiil be vital to your growth as a professional:

  • Learning how to properly communicate and articulate ideas to both clients and developers
  • Conducting efficient research and analysis methods for understanding the depth of meaning in an image
  • Studying the technology around web design
  • Learning how to be an adaptable designer that can keep pace with new trends and program/language advancements
  • Networking with agencies and professional designers through the student American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) sector and American Advertising Federation (AAF) membership

Two degree options

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

This degree requires more advanced design classes, fully preparing you to be a successful graphic designer immediately following graduation, or to go on to graduate school.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (BS or BA)

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in visual communication design is a pre-professional liberal arts degree that requires fewer advanced design classes, allowing more time for electives. Students who choose this option often double major.

Potential careers in visual communication design/graphic design

There are many job titles in visual communication design and graphic design, but here are just a few types of roles you could fulfill in the workplace:

  • Work as part of a design team for a large or small company
  • Design print and online media on a marketing or PR team
  • Design websites and digital ad spaces
  • Work as a strategist, developing brands and identities

Visual communication design/graphic design might be for you if:

  • You have a knack for visual arts, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, computer-aided design and photography
  • You have a creative mind
  • You are always doodling in class
  • You want a hands-on career, with work that differs each day

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a visual communication design/graphic design major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The visual communication design/graphic design guides list the classes you’ll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at each guide in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.

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