Bachelor in Graphic Design & Visual Communication

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Bachelor in Graphic Design & Visual Communication

Create graphics for advertisements, billboards or magazines. Design logos for up-and-coming companies. Develop the layout and graphics for Web pages. As a graphic design & visual communication major at BVU, you will learn the skills to work for all types of businesses, large and small, in almost every industry imaginable.

Graphic design & visual communication students at BVU get more than a classroom education. Through your studies, you will often have the chance to design projects for real clients on campus and in the community. You will further develop your professional skills through individualized attention, countless internship opportunities, extra-curricular activities and diverse classroom projects. As part of your education, you’ll become proficient with the latest software programs and learn how to design for emerging technology and media. Because you will be actively designing and creating projects throughout your college career, you will also build a competitive portfolio of materials to show potential employers. The program’s emphasis on concept development and practical application will enhance your strategic thinking, problem-solving and design skills, and prepare you to work in a number of design-related fields.

Graphic Design courses

Major: 58 credit hours

  • ART 201 Art Foundations I
  • ART 202 Art Foundations II
  • ART 301 Prehistoric and Medieval Art History or ART 302 European Renaissance to Baroque Art History
  • ART 303 Romanticism to Modern Art History or ART 304 Modern to Contemporary Art History ART/GDES 392 Junior Seminar
  • ART/GDES 492 Senior Seminar
  • ART 493 Senior Exhibition
  • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
  • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • DIGI 304 Multimedia Web Design
  • GDES 223 Graphic Design Foundations
  • GDES 305 History of Graphic Design
  • GDES 349 Graphic Design
  • GDES 350 Typography
  • GDES 449 Advanced Graphic Design
  • GDES 495 Internship (3 credit minimum)

Graphic Design and Visual Communication majors must earn a final grade of C- or better in required GDES courses (GDES 223, GDES 305, GDES 349, GDES 350, GDES 392, GDES 449, GDES 492).

9 credit hours from

  • ART 301 Prehistoric and Medieval Art History or ART 302 European Renaissance to Baroque Art History (class not taken above)
  • ART 303 Romanticism to Modern Art History or ART 304 Modern to Contemporary Art History (class not taken above)
  • ART 340 Printmaking: Intaglio
  • ART 341 Printmaking: Lithography
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video and DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • DIGI 220 New Media
  • DIGI 230 Introduction to Integrated Communications
  • DIGI 301 Advanced Digital Photography
  • GDES 440 Illustration
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior

Minor in Graphic Design & Visual Communication: 22 credit hours

  • GDES 223 Graphic Design Foundations
  • GDES 305 History of Graphic Design
  • GDES 349 Graphic Design
  • GDES 350 Typography
  • GDES 449 Advanced Graphic Design

Graphic Design and Visual Communication minors must earn a final grade of C or better in required GDES courses (GDES 223, GDES 305, GDES 349, GDES 350, GDES 449).

6 credit hours from

  • ART 201 Art Foundations I
  • ART 340 Printmaking: Intaglio
  • ART 341 Printmaking: Lithography
  • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
  • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • DIGI 301 Advanced Digital Photography
  • DIGI 304 Multimedia Web Design
  • GDES 440 Illustration
Last updated Feb 2018

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Welcome to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Our picturesque campus covers 60 acres and is located on the shores of a 3,200-acre natural lake.

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