Visual Communication Design Major Curriculum

The change to Visual Communication Design will be effective as of Fall 2020.

Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you get to begin taking your Visual Communication Design classes beginning in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major.

Champlain has great opportunities to intern at internationally known companies, like Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, Burton, Rome Snowboard Design, or Select Design, among many other organizations—including those in the not-for-profit sector.

Champlain's study abroad program is built right into the major so you can spend a semester abroad at Champlain's international campuses in Dublin and Montreal, or anywhere else in the world, during your junior year.

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Visual Communication Design Major Curriculum 2018–2019

First Year

First Semester

Form & Color
(GDD 100)

Intro to Drawing
(ART 110)

Art History
(ART 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

The Digital Image
(GDD 115)

Intro to Typography
(GDD 201)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Math Elective

Second Year

First Semester

Design and Communication
(GDD 200)

Form and Space
(GDD 202) OR
Form in Motion
(GDD 203)

Publication Design I
(GDD 205)

Aesthetic Expressions
(COR 220)

Choose 200-level COR course

Second Semester

Web Design I
(GDD 206)

Visual Creativity & Meaning
(GDD 220)

Choose 200-level COR course

Choose 200-level COR course

Intermediate Typography
(GDD 270)

Talk to your advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your 3rd year.

Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Publication Design II
(GDD 305) OR
Web Design II
(GDD 306)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Advanced Typography *
(GDD 301)

Program Elective (ART or GDD)

Second Semester

Advanced Art History
(ART 380)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Projects in Graphic Design I
(GDD 300)

Program Elective (ART of GDD Studio)

Natural Science Elective with Lab

Fourth Year

First Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Projects in Graphic Design II
(GDD 400)

Program Elective (ART or GDD Studio)

General Elective

Second Semester

Senior Portfolio in Graphic Design
(GDD 401)

Graphic Design Business Practice
(GDD 440) OR
Apprenticeship in Graphic Design
(GDD 490)

Program Elective (ART or GDD Studio)

Program Elective (ART or GDD Studio)

General Elective