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Visual Communication Design, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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  • The Visual Communication Design department encourages students to actively engage their world and define their role as contributing designers by developing their critical and analytical skills, personal voice, and visual language. The department cultivates a sense of social responsibility and inquiry in student designers who will be working at the intersection of art, design, and mass culture.
  • A large faculty of recognized practicing designers, writers, and theorists teach a broad offering of courses in design principles, issues, theory, methodologies, processes, technology, and practice. Students develop their role as designers, authors, critics, and citizens, expanding their conceptual, critical, and organizational abilities in the process. Our extensive technical, advising, and administrative staff further the creation and assessment of each student’s unique body of work.
  • Our students are consistently represented in national design competitions and publications, while our alumni are designing, exhibiting, and teaching at leading studios and institutions across the country and beyond.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The major areas of focus are physical media (print, objects, and environments) and virtual media (interactive and time-based media) and include:

  • Books/bookbinding
  • Coding/programming/scripting
  • Data visualization/diagrams/maps
  • Design issues
  • Film titles
  • Fonts
  • Identity systems
  • Illustrations
  • Image text narrative
  • Installations/way finding signage
  • Interface design
  • Letterpress printing
  • Methodologies
  • Museum exhibitions/kiosks
  • Packages/package graphics
  • Posters
  • Print production and offset printing
  • Digital/screen-based production
  • Publications/magazines
  • Strategy
  • Symbols/web icons
  • Theory
  • Typography
  • Websites/design for mobile phone and tablets
  • Video

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

In order to apply, we must have the following items and all of your application materials in our office:

  • Online application
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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