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Visual Communication Design / Degree Requirements

The Visual Communication Design program offers a Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree. To graduate with a degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits. All undergraduates complete a combination of major requirements, general education requirements, and electives. This breakdown is outlined below.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (100 CREDITS)

 

Year One

DES 166 Design Foundations (5 Credits)

Year Two

DES 207 Design Drawing (5 Credits)
DES 208 Design History (5 Credits)
DES 209 Typography (5 Credits)
DES 210 Color + Composition (5 Credits)
DES 211 Introduction to Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 212 Human Centered Design (5 Credits)

Year Three

DES 366 Visualizations (5 Credits)
DES 367 Case Studies in Corporate Identity (5 Credits)
DES 368 Communication Programs (5 Credits)
DES 376 Advanced Typography (5 Credits)
DES 377 Symbol Design (5 Credits)
DES 378 Information Architecture + Web Design (5 Credits)

Year Four

DES 466 Publication Design (5 Credits)
DES 467 Environmental Design (5 Credits)
DES 478 Information Design (5 Credits)
DES 479 Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 480 Senior Projects (5 Credits)
DES 488 Portfolio Preparation (3 Credits)

Art History Courses (10 Credits)

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantintative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0-15 Credits)Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World

More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree

ELECTIVES

In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.

For more information about the undergraduate design majors and their requirements, please reference the major requirements chart PDF

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