Visual Communication Design

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

Visual Communication Design combines coursework in graphic and interactive design for a variety of platforms including print, web, mobile, AR and VR, UX/UI, information design, branding, publications, motion graphics, games, etc. 

When should I first meet with my major department?
Students are welcome to stop in the Design Office, 121 Fine Arts Building, at any time. Students who have questions about applying to the major are welcome to make appointments with Advisors prior to joining the department. 
 
Once in the major, and during first semester of major coursework in the DES 370 course, all students will meet with an advisor and complete a “Major/Minor Advising Roadmap”.
 
Students must periodically check with their advisor to update their major advising contract and program goals, students must also meet with their advisor prior to the semester of graduation.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students sign up with Advisors as part of the DES 370 course, once they are the major.
Where can I find information about major advising? General Advising advice is on our department website, https://design.sfsu.edu/advising. Information on faculty advisors can be found at https://design.sfsu.edu/people/faculty-table.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? First, check with the instructor of the class to see if they will admit you. If that is not possible, meet with an Advisor as soon as you can.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?
The School of Design is impacted. Students apply to the major through a supplemental application https://design.sfsu.edu/undergraduate, and must have completed 2 pre-major courses as noted below.
 
A) Transfer Students
 
Preferred: One college level drawing course and one computer-graphic software course ( e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or CAD). Productivity/business applications do not qualify.
Alternative: Any course articulated to the SF State courses shown below as stated at www.assist.org. Print out the course transfer equivalencies listed from the relevant school attended and attach. If a course you took is not listed on www.assist.org and you request an evaluation of its equivalency, list the course(s) with grade below and attach the computer printout of the online catalog description(s) of the course(s).
 
B) Current SF State Students
 
Two (2) courses from the list below (all 3 unit classes):
 
ART 231 Drawing 1
ART 235 Printmaking 1
ART 240 Sculpture 1
ART 245 Ceramics 1
ART 260 Photography 1
BECA 235 Digital Media Basics
DES 220 Intro to Drawing for Designers
DES 222 Introduction to 2D Digital Design
DES 226 Modern Letterpress Printing: Traditional and Digital Techniques
DES 227 Rethinking Digital Visual Media: History, Technology, Content
DES 256 Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues & Applications
ID 240 Color and Design
ID 242 Interior Design Graphic Communication I
JOUR 235 Photojournalism I

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
There are three core requirements that students take in their first semester:
 
DES 323 Visual Design Literacy
DES 356 A History of Design and Technology
DES 370 Introduction to Design and Industry
 
We also recommend students take:
DES 322 Computer Graphic Imaging
DES 300 Design Process
 
Requirements are also listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Students must be a DES major.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Students must be declared in the major.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Design offers a number of 200-level classes that we encourage Pre-Design majors to take:

DES 220 Intro to Drawing for Designers
DES 222 Introduction to 2D Digital Design
DES 226 Modern Letterpress Printing: Traditional and Digital Techniques
DES 227 Rethinking Digital Visual Media: History, Technology, Content
DES 256 Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues & Applications
 
Art, Interior Design, Apparel Design, Marketing, BECA, and Cinema Animation give you access to courses that are good Pre-Design studies. Course suggestions that count for pre-major requirements and also fulfill GE requirements are:
 
Area B1
ADM 260 Textiles
 
Area C1
ART 235 Printmaking 1
ART 240 Sculpture 1
ART 245 Ceramics 1
BECA 235 Digital Media Basics
DES 226 Modern Letterpress Printing: Traditional and Digital Techniques
DES 256 Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues and Applications
ID 240 Color and Design
ID 245 Contemporary Design in Housing and Interiors
JOUR 235 Photojournalism I

 

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

No.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? None applicable.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486
Website: advisinglca.sfsu.edu
Email: achieve@sfsu.edu
Location: HUM 112