Visual Communication (Graphic) Design

The Visual Communication Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), with the maximum 10 year accreditation. 

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A Degree in Visual Communication Design

The field of visual communication design (VCD) changes rapidly. We are looking for students who are adaptive, curious, and want to experience hands-on learning, develop their critical thinking skills, and make a difference in the world. The VCD curriculum is focused on developing visual language, process, and synthesis. Our program was established over 30 years ago. Today, graduates can be found throughout the world in all forms of media providing solutions in fields such as design, education, environmental, exhibition, fashion, marketing, packaging, publication and more.

Our grads get jobs as

  •  Graphic Designers
  •  Animators
  •  Art Directors
  •  Instructional Designers
  •  Set and Exhibit Designers

Our grads get jobs at

  •  Google
  •  GoDaddy
  •  Banner Health
  •  American Airlines

What our students are saying

Patience Woolridge - design student at ASU
Studying Visual Communication Design at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts challenged me to consider more than just the projects I was creating. We were challenged to take into consideration a much larger audience as well as longterm impacts in the decisions made pertaining to minute details. Accessibility and sustainability weren’t things I had ever given much thought to before. The passion and skill of the faculty inspires students to think in more abstract and innovative ways that produce more inclusive and beautiful end results."

—Patience Woolridge, Master of Visual Communication Design

See what classes our students take

Sample classes include

  • Graphic Design History
  • Principles for Graphic Design
  • Design Drawing
  • Letterform
  • Typography
  • Motion Graphics and Interaction Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Communication / Interaction Design Theory
  • Technology for Design

For detailed class lists of undergrad degrees, choose your degree option below and then click the link under “Major Map”

Degree details

For detailed major maps (classes), career outlooks, application requirements and more, select a degree option below:

College professor and student reviewing a book
BSD undergrad
Graphic Design
Text on chalkboard
MSD graduate
Design (Visual Communication Design), MSD
Graphic design student at work
MVCD graduate
Visual Communication Design, MVCD

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