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2018-2019

Graphic Design

School of the Arts

 
Program description

Graphic design is a creative and analytical process that integrates art and technology to communicate ideas and information. The goal of the Department of Graphic Design at VCU is to educate students to become innovators and leaders in three related areas of professional practice: print design, sequential design and interaction design.

Career opportunities

Graphic Designer, Web Designer/Developer, Art Director, Exhibit Designer, User Interface Designer

Change of major requirements

Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all fine art and design departments.

Students are required to submit their application here: http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/

Typical Application deadlines:

For Spring: November 1st

For Fall: April 1st

A portfolio is required (more information here: http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/)


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Art Director
  • Brand Strategist
  • Communications Director
  • Communications Strategiest
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Design
  • Layout Designer
  • Logo/Brand Designer
  • Marketing Communicator
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Packaging Design
  • Photoshop Artist
  • Print Designer
  • User Interface Design
  • Visual Designer
  • Web Designer
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5
Department name:
Department of Graphic Design
Building/room location:
Pollak Building, Room 332
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1709
Email:
gdes@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Exploring UNIV 291 modules: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.  
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Register to vote in Virginia and explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events!.
  • Check out university art spaces and the VCUArts Calendar.
  • Join student run clubs or the Student Government Association.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.
  • Attend VCUarts visiting artist lectures and related events every semester.
  • Visit local and regional museums of art, history, and diversity every semester.
  • Join a living-learning program such as VCU Globe
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore“What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job opportunities in your field of study.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services.
  • Brush up on your technology and other skills at The Workshop or The Depot or Lynda.com
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a digital archive of AFO studio and personal work.
  • Research VCUArts alumni for networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Talk to your academic and/or career advisor about professional inclinations and career options.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to explore minors, certificates .If planning to study abroad, have plans and ideas ready for discussion in the Spring of your Sophomore year.
  • See your professor to discuss research interests and opportunities in the discipline.
  • Keep all your Graphic Design project work for end of the year Sophomore Portfolio Review.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings
  • Apply for Undergraduate research grant
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider Qatar student exchange
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Apply for VCUarts Dean's International Study Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
  • Collaborate with students from other Arts disciplines on a project that will help you and others. Undergraduate Research Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and go to drop-ins at VCU Career Services to have it reviewed.
  • Prepare for internships. Internship Support Grants.
  • Seek out volunteer work/projects, with an emphasis on graphic design.   
  • Apply for a show of their own work or curatorial project at The Anderson this year and forward.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss degree progression and elective coursework for your senior year.
  • Attend scholarship meetings and meet with advisor regarding scholarships as needed 
  • Prepare for Junior Review. All work from your Junior year should be kept for consideration.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider Qatar student exchange
  • Apply for Dean’s International Study grant for research study abroad
  • Consider working with students from other Arts disciplines on a project that will help you and others. Undergraduate Research Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office     
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and career events throughout the year to explore your interests.
  • Prepare for or take an internship for credit (GPA 3.0 or higher)
  • Seek out projects with an emphasis on work that will translate as graphic design  
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Talk to your academic advisor, faculty, and/or career services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation.
  • Attend GDES and Depot workshops hosted by VCUarts alumni.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Study Abroad is not allowed during the Fall or Spring of your Senior year.
  • Carefully consider which electives will help you be marketable in your desired career path. Electives from Graphic Design, Arts Cross Disciplinary and Innovate can add to your skill sets in a meaningful way.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures and Workshop
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures and workshops
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings and events.
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Bring back work and research from study abroad and share with your colleagues. The Department hosts lectures and workshops led by returning students to help others learn and think about study abroad
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Gain research experience with Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
  • Seek out project opportunities and jobs with an emphasis on work that will translate as graphic design.    
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Follow up on all job opportunities shared on the gdes-all listserv.
  • Attend all alumni events and job fairs offered during Senior Studio.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Graphic Design

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Exploring UNIV 291 modules: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.  
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience
  • Make a digital archive of AFO studio and personal work.
  • Research VCUArts alumni for networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Talk to your academic and/or career advisor about professional inclinations and career options.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
Experience Year 2
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to explore minors, certificates .If planning to study abroad, have plans and ideas ready for discussion in the Spring of your Sophomore year.
  • See your professor to discuss research interests and opportunities in the discipline.
  • Keep all your Graphic Design project work for end of the year Sophomore Portfolio Review.
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings
  • Apply for Undergraduate research grant
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
  • Consider Qatar student exchange
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week
  • Apply for VCUarts Dean's International Study Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
  • Collaborate with students from other Arts disciplines on a project that will help you and others. Undergraduate Research Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
Year 3
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss degree progression and elective coursework for your senior year.
  • Attend scholarship meetings and meet with advisor regarding scholarships as needed 
  • Prepare for Junior Review. All work from your Junior year should be kept for consideration.
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
  • Consider Qatar student exchange
  • Apply for Dean’s International Study grant for research study abroad
  • Consider working with students from other Arts disciplines on a project that will help you and others. Undergraduate Research Grants: http://arts.vcu.edu/grants/
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office     
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and career events throughout the year to explore your interests.
  • Prepare for or take an internship for credit (GPA 3.0 or higher)
  • Seek out projects with an emphasis on work that will translate as graphic design  
  • Talk to your academic advisor, faculty, and/or career services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation.
  • Attend GDES and Depot workshops hosted by VCUarts alumni.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
Excel Year 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Study Abroad is not allowed during the Fall or Spring of your Senior year.
  • Carefully consider which electives will help you be marketable in your desired career path. Electives from Graphic Design, Arts Cross Disciplinary and Innovate can add to your skill sets in a meaningful way.
  • Attend Objects+Methods Lectures and Workshop
  • Attend SOTA and University lectures and workshops
  • Attend AIGA student group meetings and events.
  • Always read listserv messages. Internship scholarship, part time work and other information is shared via listserv emails
  • Bring back work and research from study abroad and share with your colleagues. The Department hosts lectures and workshops led by returning students to help others learn and think about study abroad
  • Gain research experience with Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
  • Seek out project opportunities and jobs with an emphasis on work that will translate as graphic design.    
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Follow up on all job opportunities shared on the gdes-all listserv.
  • Attend all alumni events and job fairs offered during Senior Studio.