Graphic Design & Visual Communication Admissions Requirements

When it comes to junior designer positions, a portfolio from a BFA graduate is more likely to be viewed—and received more positively—than a portfolio from someone who holds a BS degree. Champlain's BFA program in Graphic Design & Visual Communication sets you up for success by providing four years of expert instruction and diverse work experiences.

You'll be immersed in visual design starting in your first semester; you'll graduate with a portfolio of work that you'll be proud to show potential clients or employers. Along with an outstanding education in graphic and visual communication design, you'll gain the skills to advocate for yourself professionally and adapt to an ever-changing field.

The program name change to Graphic Design & Visual Communication went into effect Fall 2021.

A portfolio is required to be considered for admission to this program.


Early Decision Benefits

  • Find out fast: Get your admission decision months before Regular Decision applicants
  • Raise your odds: Compete against a smaller pool of applicants
  • Secure your spot: High-demand majors fill up fast. Apply by 11/15


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Application Deadlines

Application DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I November 15 Mid December
Early Decision II December 15 Mid January
Regular Decision January 15
Mid February
Transfer Priority Deadline: June 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment**
Priority Deadline: October 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.