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Champlain's forward-thinking BFA in Visual Communication Design offers designers of tomorrow broad exposure to the concepts and skills needed to become creative problem-solvers.
The work of today's visual communication designers spans an exciting array of media, from conventional printing to emerging digital platforms. That dynamic landscape, combined with the timeless quality of graphic design-mixing words and images to communicate visually-assures a rewarding career of disseminating ideas, knowledge, and opinions to a global audience.
The world of possibilities for well educated and highly skilled visual communication designers is wide open. Find your niche or do it all-below are just a few potential areas of work.
According to a study conducted by AIGA, the professional association for design, and Adobe, the maker of digital creation tools like Photoshop, designers need a "broad understanding of issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, technological, and economic contexts for design," as well as "the ability to work in a global environment with understanding of cultural preservation" and "an understanding of ethics in practice" among other competencies above and beyond traditional graphic design skills.
Few, if any, other institutions offering graphic design or Visual Communication Design degrees are providing the comprehensive, integrated education necessary to cultivate all of these critical competencies. Champlain's forward-thinking program absolutely does.
True to its mission of bridging tradition and innovation, this program offers students a unique blend of fundamental art and design principles, integrative liberal arts studies, and active practice in emerging technologies—all connected to current trends in the profession. You will explore a wide spectrum of design projects throughout all four years of study. Our Upside-Down Curriculum gets you into design classes in your first semester, so you have more time to explore and to refine your work.
You'll be setting yourself up for future success: employers typically expect qualified junior designers to hold a BFA. By the time you graduate, you'll have completed a professional-level design portfolio of your creative works and had it rigorously and individually critiqued by a panel of guest designers from top design firms and in-house corporate design centers.
Champlain's Visual Communication Design program is accredited by NASAD, the national accrediting agency for art and design, and art and design-related disciplines. Institutional membership into NASAD is gained only through a peer-review process.
Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis. Champlain College is among NASAD's 360+ institutional members nationwide, including Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Get involved in our student-run AIGA chapter, where you'll meet guest speakers from companies in the industry, network with local professionals, and enter AIGA design competitions.
The program name change from Graphic Design & Digital Media to Visual Communication Design will be effective as of Fall 2020.