2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Communication, BA, Concentration: Visual Communication Design


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About the Program


Apply Now We live in a visual society.  The concentration in Visual Communication gives students the opportunity to explore a visual world.  Visual Communicators combine words, images and ideas in original ways to convey information.  The concentration emphasizes real-world problem solving, contemporary creative thinking, design methodology, technique and skill development, industry standard computer technology, and practical ability.

Degree Requirements


  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of B required for the following courses: AD 10500, AD 10600, AD 11200, AD 11300, AD 22800, AD 22900, AD 30102, and AD 32800; Minimum grade of C required for Free Elective courses; Minimum grade of C- required for the Individual and Society course of choice
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)


CHESS College Core (36 Credits)


  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (6 Credits)


  • Two (2) 30000-level AD, COM, or CGT Electives (6 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required


Degree Map


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of B required for the following courses: AD 10500, AD 10600, AD 11200, AD 11300, AD 22800, AD 22900, AD 30102, and AD 32800; Minimum grade of C required for Free Elective courses; Minimum grade of C- required for the Individual and Society course of choice

Experiential Learning (EL):  Two COM EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)


Semester 3 (15 Credits)


Semester 4 (15 Credits)


Semester 6 (15 Credits)


Semester 7 (15 Credits)


Semester 8 (15 Credits)


Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: Freshman seminar requirement also met with any other PNW Freshman Seminar course from 1-3 credit hours.

Note 2: Modern Language Requirement, must complete 4 semesters of the same language - Choose from ASL, FR, GER, JPNS, or SPAN

Note 3: Free Elective: Choose two (2) 300-level or higher within AD, COM or CGT.  .  Once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections.

Note 4: Select from:  COM 21200-Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Communication, COM 32000-Small Group Communication or COM 32400-Introduction to Organizational Communication.  Once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections.

Note 5: Select from: AD 25500- Art Appreciation, COM 24000-Introduction to Oral Interpretation, MUS 25000-Music Appreciation, THTR 20100-Theatre Appreciation or THTR 30800-The History and Development of the American Musical Theatre.  Once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections.

Note 6: Select one course from below that has not been used to meet another requirement -

  • AD 25500 - Art Appreciation 
  • COM 21200 - Approaches To The Study Of Interpersonal Communication 
  • COM 24000 - Introduction To Oral Interpretation 
  • COM 32000 - Small Group Communication 
  • COM 32400 - Introduction To Organizational Communication 
  • MUS 25000 - Music Appreciation 
  • THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation 
  • THTR 30800 - The History And Development Of The American Musical Theatre

Note 7: Two COM EL courses required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.  Prerequisites may apply.

Note 8: Any substitutive courses require pre-approval by the tenured VCD faculty.

Note 9: The special topics for AD 29000, AD 39200 and AD 49100 require pre-review and pre-approval by the tenured VCD faculty.

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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