Skip to main content
Apply Now

BDES in Visual Communication Design

A major in Visual Communication Design educates and prepares students to conceive and produce creative solutions to satisfy the visual communication needs of society. Graduates are prepared for careers in graphic design, web design, multimedia design, advertising, printing, publishing or related fields. Theory and practice are covered in a variety of contexts, including process and product, form and content, type and image and inter activity. Current technology and future trends are addressed in the context of industry practices. This major is combined with a related minor in another academic area to specialize in specific career preparation.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Note: In order to receive the Visual Communication Design degree, students must earn at least a 3.0 grade in the following courses: DESN 263 Visual Communication Design 1 and DESN 363 Visual Communication Design 2. This is in addition to the department requirement of 2.5 GPA in all DESN/TECH coursework.

BDES in VCD Advising Form

Academic Year 2018/19

Graduation Application BDES in VCD

Academic Year 2017/18

What will I study?

Drawing for Communication, and Typography

These introductory courses serve as your foundation for advanced study (in visual communication design.) Learn to depict the size and shape of objects, the basic design concepts for 2 dimensional works, and how to manipulate letterform for communicative purposes.

Visual Communication Design and Visual Thinking

Begin the lifelong process of refining your creative and perceptual problem solving skills through this series of core classes. You will combine theoretical study with applied projects to develop a visual and verbal vocabulary for the creation of complex, yet cohesive visual systems.

Computer Graphics and Production Design

Enhance your computer graphics and technical skills as you learn to professionally produce and edit text, graphic and continuous tone photographic images using industry standard software applications.

Web Design and User Experience Design

Plan, design, produce, and deliver logical, but visually effective web pages and digital media using current industry software.

Senior Capstone and Portfolio Review

Put it all together in these two advanced classes. Through a series of weekly critiques and an intense design team based project, you will supplement and refine your body of work in preparation for taking your place within the design community.

History of Design

Discover the historical context of your work as you study the evolution of design and technology and their impact on society.


Eastern offers many possibilities including Art, Business, Film, Communications, Technology, Music, and English, all taught by well-versed, professional faculty members.

Major Electives

Customize your degree by adding approved electives from this variety of courses taught within the department.

Course List

Core Courses (63 credits)
DESN 100 Drawing for Communication (5)
DESN 200 Visual Thinking (5)
DESN 216 Digital Foundations (4)
DESN 243 Typography (4)
DESN 259 History of Design (4)
DESN 263 Visual Communication Design 1 (4)
DESN 338 User Experience Design 1 (4)
DESN 343 Typography 2 (4)
     or DESN 348 User Experience Design 2 or DESN 378 Web Design 2
DESN 350 Digital Photography
     or DESN 355 Motion Design or DESN 375 Digtal Video
DESN 363 Visual Communication Design 2 (4)
DESN 366 Production Design (4)
DESN 368 Web Design 1 (4)
DESN 463 Visual Communication Design 3 (4)
DESN 490 Senior Capstone (5)
DESN 480 Professional Practice or
     DESN 493 Portfolio Review (twice) (2)+(2)

Electives (12 credits)
Approved Electives (12)

Note: MATH 107 is recommended for the above major.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Visual Communication Design

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Digital Foundations
  • Typography
  • User Experience Design

What could I do with my degree?

  • User Experience Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Advertising Designer
© 2019 Eastern Washington University
EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.