48 months
42564 USD/year
42564 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Do you see the world as a place that sparks all kinds of creative thought, possibility and inspiration? The forward-thinking Visual Communication Design program from Champlain College offers designers of tomorrow broad exposure to the concepts and skills needed to become creative problem-solvers.


True to its mission of bridging tradition and innovation, this program offers students a unique blend of fundamental art and design principles, comprehensive liberal arts studies and active practice in emerging technologies, all connected to current trends in the profession. You will explore a wide spectrum of design projects and set yourself up for future success: employers typically expect qualified junior designers to graduate with a BFA. By the time you graduate, you'll have completed a professional-level design portfolio of your creative works and had it rigorously and individually critiqued by a panel of guest designers from top design firms and in-house corporate design centers.

NASAD Accredited

The Visual Communication Design program from Champlain College is accredited by NASAD, the national accrediting agency for art and design, and art and design-related disciplines. Institutional membership into NASAD is gained only through a peer-review process. Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis. Champlain College is among NASAD's 360+ institutional members nationwide, including New England's Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Upside-Down Curriculum

At Champlain, there's no waiting to jump into your design courses. You'll take classes such as Form & Color and The Digital Image in your first year and continue to develop your design skills as you continue through the curriculum. This gives you the tremendous advantage of gaining hands-on knowledge about your major from the start, and will leave you well prepared for employment upon graduation.


Gain invaluable experience through design internships at leading local companies including Burlington City Arts, Clutch Creative, Driven Studio and Four Nine Design or through our Emergent Media Center (EMC) and the Center for Publishing (CFP), where you can work alongside students from other disciplines to complete design projects for real clients.

Portfolio Review

By graduation, you'll have completed a professional-level design portfolio rigorously critiqued by a panel of guest designers from top design firms and in-house corporate design centers.


Get involved in our student-run AIGA chapter, where you'll meet guest speakers from companies in the industry, network with local professionals and enter AIGA design competitions.

Career Success

Visual Communication Design majors graduate with the critical competencies needed for success, and the results are outstanding year after year. In fact, 87% of the graduates from the Class of 2016 who are employed within six months of graduating are in positions relevant to their career goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Form & Color 
  • Drawing
  • Art History
  • Concepts of the Self
  • The Rhetoric of Self
  • The Digital Image
  • Typography
  • Concepts of Community
  • The Rhetoric of Community

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The first step in applying to an online program at Champlain College is to start your fast and free online application. You'll need to create an account and follow the step-by-step instructions.
  • Within the online application, you'll be required to respond to 3-4 short answer essay questions that are critically important as they provide insight into you, your goals, and your plan for success in our academic programs. 
  • Official academic transcripts are required for any post-secondary coursework you have completed and all colleges and universities you have previously attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized equivalency service.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42564 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42564 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    42564 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42564 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Burlington

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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