Contact the Program Director, Suzanne Glover
Phone: (802) 383-6616
The change to Visual Communication Design will be effective as of Fall 2020.
Every book, magazine, poster, advertisement, logo, website, product graphic, or exhibit design began as a creative spark in the mind of a graphic designer.
The work of today's visual communictation 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.
From graphic identity systems to books, magazines and newspapers; from print and television advertisements to websites and electronic publications; from sports products and package design to exhibits and museum displays, the world of possibility for well-educated and highly skilled graphic designers and digital media specialists is wide open.
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 undersmtanding 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. In fact, 87% of graduates of the Class of 2017 within this major who are employed within six months of graduating are in positions relevant to their career goals.