Visual Communication Design


Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future graphic designer, you will gain a strong foundation for a career within the innovative field of graphic arts through our Visual Communication Design major. This major provides you with structured opportunities for the study of visual communication.

The purpose of the Visual Communication Design major is to develop your basic art and design skills, increase your knowledge of technical production processes in the graphic arts industry, and provide functional training on graphics software.

While bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom, our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to be competent in communicating visually and to develop a mature, Christ-centered worldview.

Course Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. in Visual Communication Design

Course Requirements for a Visual Communication Design Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

ART 2300 Basic Graphic Design

A course that uses project assignments to teach the application of visual graphic communication techniques as well as functional art production and the relationships between audience, content and context.

ART 2500 Computer Graphics: Design I

This computer laboratory art course introduces tools and techniques for digital-based imaging and editing. Utilizing Adobe software, this course focuses on the development of visual design skills through digital photo manipulation and technical processes.

ART 2550 Computer Graphics: Design II

A computer laboratory course that introduces software utilized for visual communication design. Focusing on project-based page design and layout, students will examine typography, brand standards and the process of critique. Approaches to print, web and presentation page design will be explored.

ART 3420 Typography

A study of letter forms, historical influences and how type is used as an effective element in the context of visual communication design. 

ART 3430 Illustration I

This introductory course explores fundamentals of illustrative design and how principles and elements are utilized to address specific narrative or expressive problems. A survey of historical and current trends in illustration and an overview of basic business practices are examined.