Program Majors

The foundation courses (semester 1–4) for all students in the Visual Communication program are identical.

Upper division courses (semester 5–9) include classes that are specific to individual majors.

Students will complete two majors in the Visual Communications program.

For specific classes included in each program, please refer to the appropriate program grid. Visual Communications major declaration will occur during the 3rd semester after the student has met and discussed their goals with the Director of Education.

Graphic Design Major

Graphic Design is a vital tool for businesses competing in an increasingly interconnected global marketplace. NCAD Design students begin their training with a balanced foundation that includes drawing and painting, color theory, photography, digital graphics, and design courses. Further studies in graphic design, typography, web design, and design production help students develop the strong technical and conceptual skills they will need in a competitive job market. The Graphic Design major prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions working as print designers, package designers, brand and identity designers, or art directors.

Illustration Major

Illustration is visual communication and storytelling through image making. Illustrators create work in various media to give visual form to ideas, stories, and to communicate information. Successful illustrators exhibit a strong, personal style in their work and use it to support the communication needs of a wide variety of clients. The major in Illustration prepares students to succeed in the competitive world of entry-level professional illustration as effective communicators and visual problem solvers. The work of illustrators can be found in magazines, on book and CD covers, on advertisements, in children’s books, graphic novels, film and television, games, on web sites, and more.

Interactive Design Major

The Interactive Design major provides skills, concepts, and tools for students interested in interactive design as a creative form of expression and communication, and as a profession. The knowledge and skills learned in this major are designed to enhance the preparedness of those visual communication students wishing to enter the design, communication, and interactive media industries.

Motion Design Major

Motion Design allows artists and designers to create complex visual messages by blending together elements of film, music, and graphic design; and can include such work as the typography and graphics; which can be seen in the opening credits of a film, web-based animations or advertising, or 3D logos for television networks. The Motion Design major teaches our students both the art and the technology that go into creating this form of visual communication.

Entertainment Art Major

In the Entertainment Art major students develop knowledge, technical skill and practical expertise in professional-level software used to create 3D digital images and animation for print, interactive multimedia, motion design, digital games, and for the Web. Entertainment Art majors can become successful visual communicators and storytellers who may choose to work in the entertainment arts industry as modelers, animators, illustrators, or concept artists.

Double Major Combinations in the B.F.A. Degree Program in Visual Communication:

  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Graphic Design and Interactive Design
  • Graphic Design and Motion Design
  • Graphic Design and Entertainment Art
  • Entertainment Art and Illustration*
  • Entertainment Art and Interactive Design
  • Motion Design and Interactive Design

* The double major combination of Entertainment Art/Illustration will no longer be offered for new students starting Fall 2019 and later.