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 Communcation Design Major Requirements (100 Credits)
DES 166 Design Foundations (5 Credits)
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)
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)
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
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.
Satisfactory progress requirement for students accepted to the Bachelor of Design
Certain levels of academic and studio performance are required to continue in good standing in the Design majors.
- Classes in the design curriculum are sequenced. Students must complete all design classes offered each quarter since those classes are the prerequisites for classes offered in subsequent quarters.
- The minimum acceptable grade for all Design courses is 2.0.
- Student progress is reviewed at the end of each quarter. Students failing to meet the grade criteria meet with faculty to discuss any issues. In the absence of compelling extenuating circumstances, a student will be placed on probation for failing to make Design Satisfactory Progress.
- Students who fail to meet the criteria for two consecutive quarters or who accumulate three separate quarters of probationary status will be dismissed from the program.