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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


About this program

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

The BFA in Visual Communication Design is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring theoretical and studio experience with an emphasis in design. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn contemporary aspects of design and design thinking. The program prepares design leaders to manage proactively change and innovate processes toward improving the civic, cultural, and commercial experiences that people encounter in their daily lives. The program focuses on a collaborative design process for identifying root problems and facilitating meaningful solutions to complex issues. This approach is intended to harness the power of design to clarify, humanize, and energize the issues that are central to life in a pluralistic society.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements for Freshman Students

Admission Standards

We use the following standards when making admission decisions:

  • You have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment;
  • No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science;
  • SAT or ACT exam scores are not required for admission nor our merit scholarships. However, scores may be required for competitive scholarships.
  • You must meet our English language Proficiency standards.

Secondary School Graduation

You must earn a diploma from an accredited secondary school or examination results that show an equivalent level of academic achievement such as “O” levels or a general equivalency diploma (GED) to be eligible for admission. If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

English Language Requirements

You may demonstrate your English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results within two years of the test date.

  • TOEFL (iBT) -60
  • IELTS - 5.5
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) - 410
  • ACT (English) School - 17
  • Duolingo English Test - 90 Due to recent cancellations of English language proficiency test dates, we will accept (for a limited time) Duolingo English Test (DET) scores issued after July 15, 2019.
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 5
  • Any ELS center located in the US or Canada - Level 109
  • GCSE or GCE O Level in English language - Grades A-C
  • International Baccalaureate - Higher Level English A1 or A2 Certificate, grade of 4 or higher
  • Freshman English Composition Course - "C" grade or higher (equivalent to IUPUI W131) from a regionally accredited U.S. University
  • English Speaking Countries - If you have completed your secondary education in one of these countries

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Fall term

  • Drawing I
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • First Year Seminar
  • History of Art I
  • Gen Ed Core Communication - Writing Competency

Spring Term

  • Drawing II
  • Studio Art & Technology
  • Image & 4D Studio
  • Building & Making
  • History of Art II
  • Gen Ed Analytical Reasoning
  • Complete Foundation Program

Year Two

Fall Term

  • Elements and Principles
  • Making Meaning
  • History of Visual Communication
  • Studio Elective
  • Gen Ed Core Communication- Speaking & Listening Competency

Spring Term

  • Design Methodology
  • Typography
  • Studio Elective
  • Literature Requirement

Year Three

Fall Term

  • VC 3: Identifying Problems
  • Type & Image
  • Production: Print Design Outcomes
  • Production: Digital Design Outcomes
  • Studio Elective
  • Gen Ed Analytical Reasoning

Spring Term

  • VC 4: Facilitating Solutions
  • Professional Practice Internship
  • Gen Ed Cultural Understanding Competency
  • Gen Ed Social Science Competency

Year Four

Fall Term

  • Design Methods for Innovation
  • Designing for People-Centered Experiences
  • Senior Major Elective Track
  • Studio Elective
  • Gen Ed Life & Physical Sciences Competency

Spring Term

  • Portfolio
  • Senior Major Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Gen Ed Life & Physical Science Competency
  • Senior Capstone Requirement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Total tuition fee: $48,393 per year

Career paths

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Graphic designer
  • Exhibit or environmental designer
  • Art director
  • Brand strategist
  • User experience designer
  • Mobile app designer
  • Typeface designer
  • Interactive designer
  • Motion graphics animator
  • Book designer
  • Package designer
  • Broadcast designer

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

Contact info

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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