Visual Communication Design
Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection.
|What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?||
Visual Communication Design combines coursework in graphic design and digital media topics where the concern is designing visual information and often interactivity for a variety of platforms including print, web, mobile, motion, games, etc. The department focuses on visual communication design in an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship, and mirrors the wide range of cultural, artistic and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area.
|When should I first meet with my major department?||
During first semester of major coursework in the DES 370 course, students will meet with an advisor and complete a “Major/Minor contract”.
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?||Through the DES 370 course, once declared in the major.|
|Where can I find information about major advising?||The School of Design office (Fine Arts Building, Room 121) can assist you to find an advisor’s office hours and contact information. Faculty contact information is also available from the School of Design webpage: http://design.sfsu.edu/view/people|
|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 prequisite courses are full?||See an advisor.|
|Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?||
Students must be approved for the major through a supplemental application, and must have completed 2 pre-major courses as noted below.
A) Transfer Students
B) Current SF State Students
Two (2) courses from the list below (all 3 unit classes):
|What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?||
There are three core requirements to begin with:
Core 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, and have completed ENG 214 with a C or better.|
|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.|
|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?||
Courses within the Art department will give you access to valuable pre-major courses and other courses you could eventually use as electives toward a Design major. Similarly, Marketing, Urban Studies, Art, Cinema Animation, or Communication Studies would give you access to courses that could become a minor or possibly used as Design electives.
Course suggestions that count for pre-major requirements and also fulfill GE requirements are:
|Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?||
|Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?||None applicable.|