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VCOM 101 - Visual Communications Seminar (1).
Description: Survey of contemporary issues regarding communication design and related careers. Discussion of relevant professional, critical, and conceptual topics relating to visual communication design. Notes: Offered in fall.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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VCOM 115X - Creative Visualization and Process for Design (3).
An introductory/fundamental-level class intended to develop, strengthen and refine creative, image-based solutions to design oriented problems, and to introduce students to processes and procedures associated with production of creative imagery. Lab fee: $25.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical

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VCOM 120 - Design Drawing (3:1:4).
Description: Introduction to analytical drawing skills for the purpose of visual communication. Emphasis is on the various drawing systems of orthographic, paraline, and linear perspective representation. Notes: Lab Fee: $25. Offered in fall, spring and summer.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 121 - Design Drawing II: Structure and Form (3:1:4).
Description: Building on drawing systems learned in VCOM 120, the emphasis is on creating drawings based on structure and form. Observational analysis will be combined with design drawing approaches to develop representational abilities. Compositional systems and principles of light and shade will be explored. Notes: Lab Fee: $25. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 120.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 150 - Design Studio Skills (3:1:4).
Description: Development of technical skills and abilities needed for applied design programs. Students will construct two- and three-dimensional projects to develop craftsmanship and presentation skills. Notes: Lab Fee: $25. Offered in fall and spring.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 151 - Design Fundamentals (3:1:4).
Description: Introduction to 2-dimensional compositional concerns as applied to basic design formats. Projects emphasize use of design presentation skills to investigate issues of placement, compositional integrity, formal hierarchy, focal points, and elements and principles of design. Notes: Lab Fee: $35. Offered in fall, spring and summer. Prerequisites: VCOM 150 as pre- or co-requisite; or permission of area coordinator. Corequisites:
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

Design Department

Course Attributes:
Humanities and Arts

VCOM 154 - Design and Color (3:1:4).
Description: Investigation of color theories as used in applied design situations. Notes: Lab Fee: $35. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 150 and VCOM 151 as pre- or co-requisite; or permission of area coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 190 - Special Topics in Design (1:0:2)
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission/prearrangement with area coordinator. Notes: Additional class lab fees may apply
1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

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VCOM 192 - Special Topics in Design (3:0:6)
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission/prearrangement with area coordinator Notes: Additional class lab fees may apply
3.000 Credit hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

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VCOM 199 - General Visual Communication Elective (3)

3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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VCOM 220 - Illustration: The Figure (3:1:4).
Description: Building on the principles learned in VCOM 121, this life drawing course will apply design drawing strategies to representation of the human figure. The emphasis will be on accurately representing the dynamic motion of a pose and the forces acting upon the body, and from within the body. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Offered only in Fall. Lab fees may be used to offset drawing session compensated models. Prerequisites: VCOM 121 or permission of program coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 222 - Visual Thinking and Symbolic Communication (3:1:4).
Description: Semiotics, design-illustration, narrative illustration and character development, as well as methods of creative problem solving, are pursued within a project-oriented curriculum. Various representational systems, as well as an array of media, are explored. Notes: Lab Fee: $25. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: ARTS 120 or VCOM 120 or permission of area coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

Design Department

Course Attributes:
Humanities and Arts

VCOM 258 - Introduction to Typography (3:1:4).
Description: Investigation of typographic elements stressing spatial organization, concept and presentation skills, including an historical study of letterforms and their application in visual communications. Notes: Lab Fee: $35. Prerequisites: VCOM 150 and VCOM 151 or permission of area coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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Course Attributes:
Humanities and Arts

VCOM 259 - Introduction to Graphic Design (3:1:4).
Description: Introduction to concepts and techniques used in Graphic Design profession. Emphasis on dynamic organization of 2-D layouts utilizing shape, type, and image, as well as the development of professional presentation skills. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 154 and VCOM 258.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 261 - Introduction to Computer Imaging (3:1:4).
Description: Use of a computer to solve creative and applied problems in visual design. Further development of skills and understandings to create effective and expressive images in a desktop publishing environment. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: CSCI 101F and CSCI101I; or permission of area coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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Course Attributes:
Logic Language and Semiotics, Technology Requirement

VCOM 262 - Introduction to Web Design (3:1:4).
Description: Study, create and implement html (hyper text markup language) and Javascript web sites. The course will deal with issues of interactivity and communication delivery including publishing web content. Preparation of images and other content issues for the web will also be covered. Familiarity with general computer functions and web browsers is required. Notes: Lab Fee: $40. Offered fall and spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 261; or CSCI101F and DIFD 141; or permission of program coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

Design Department

Course Attributes:
Logic Language and Semiotics, Technology Requirement

VCOM 299 - General Visual Communication Elective (3)

3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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VCOM 300 - VCD Portfolio Review (0).
Description: Review of student proficiency for acceptance in upper-level VCD study. BFA-VCD students must successfully pass this review prior to enrollment in courses numbered above VCOM 300. Notes: Offered in fall, spring and summer Prerequisites: BFA student pursuing Graphic Design or Illustration program of study; minimum grade of C+ in all VCOM courses required for review.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research

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VCOM 301 - Visual Communication Seminar I (1:0:2).
Description: Review of student projects and discussion of relevant theoretical, conceptual and professional issues relating to visual communication design. Notes: A grade of S or U is recorded. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: VCOM 101, VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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VCOM 320 - Illustration: Comparative Anatomy (3:1:4).
Description: Investigation of skeletal and muscular anatomy and its relationship to surface anatomy. The human anatomy will be compared to that of other animals. The ability to understand and represent underlying anatomy from direct observation of the figure will be emphasized. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Offered only in Fall of alternate years. Lab fees may be used to offset drawing sessions requiring compensated models. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. BIOL 307 and PHED 267 are pre- or co-requisite. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 322 - Illustration I (3:0:6).
Description: Further development of skills learned in VCOM 222. Emphasis on methods of research and conceptual development. Specific and directed communications projects are used to foster conceptual problem-solving skills. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: VCOM 222. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

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VCOM 323 - Illustration: The Costumed Figure (3:1:4).
Description: This course explores the representation of the figure within the context of observed, historical and fantasy illustration. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Offered only in Spring of alternate years. Lab fees may be used to offset drawing sessions requiring compensated models. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 325 - Illustration: Portraiture (3:1:4).
Description: The human face in portraiture will be examined. Includes investigation of traditional portrait painting as well as creative and expressive directions which can be shown in the genre. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Course offered only in Spring of alternate years. Lab fees may be used to offset drawing sessions requiring compensated models. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 340 - Professional Internship (3:1:10)
Description: An internship experience to provide training for the VCD major in a professional environment. Notes: Offered in spring only. Must be taken prior to student placement in field experience. Prerequisites: VCOM 300.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
10.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Practicum/Cooperative edu

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VCOM 354 - Graphic Design I (3:0:6).
Description: Application of communication design principles learned in VCOM 251 and VCOM 258. Use of design elements, typography, and image to produce dynamic editorial and publication layouts. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: ARTT 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
6.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 355 - Design Concepts (3:1:4).
Description: The course emphasizes alternative approaches to solving design problems through further application of visual communication design principles. Projects encourage conceptual investigation and creative approaches to communication design problems. Notes: Lab Fee: $35. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 358 - Intermediate Typography (3:1:4).
Description: Design and organization of printed word and letterforms in combination with other graphic elements. Exploration of experimental typographic forms, interpretive design, and text and image relationships. Notes: Lab Fee: $35. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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VCOM 361 - Digital Illustration (3:0:6).
Description: Studies in advanced computer illustration techniques using object and pixel-based image production software. Problems center on both 2D and 3D renderings for illustrative and professional applications. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: ARTS 281 or VCOM 261, ARTT 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
6.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 362 - Interactive Media (3:1:4).
Description: Course covers advanced issues of web design such as usability, organization of visual elements and technical problem solving. Dynamic web pages and database systems related to content and communications will be created and discussed. Design methods of content, layout and user-centered communication concerns will also be covered within the course. Notes: Lab Fee: $40. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: INFD 141, or VCOM 300; or VCOM 262 and permission of area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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VCOM 363 - Multimedia Design I (3:1:4).
Description: Focus on the integration, effect, and use of content for interactive media. The development of content using video, text, imagery, and sound will be introduced to enhance the abilities of interactive media designers. Emphasis is placed on understanding processes and planning, as well as use of narrative in sequential media formats. Notes: Lab Fee: $40. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Passage of VCOM 300 or VCOM 261 and permission of coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 374 - History of Graphic Design and Illustration (3).
Description: Focus on the history and evolution of style, technology, processes, and environmental factors that have affected applied visual design and illustration. Specific emphasis on design in Western culture. Notes: Cross-listed with ARTH 374. Students may not receive credit for both VCOM 374 and any of ARTH 274, ARTH 374 or VCOM 274. Prerequisites: ARTH 176.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Design Department

Course Attributes:
Historical Perspective, Humanities and Arts

VCOM 388 - Graphic Arts Production Practices (3:2:2).
Description: Tools, processes and technologies used in graphic arts professions. Course material is covered through exercises, projects, and field experiences. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Passage of VCOM 300 or permission of area coordinator.
3.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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VCOM 390 - Special Topics in Visual Communication Design (1:0:2).
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Offered periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 300 and permission/prearrangement with area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

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VCOM 392 - Special Topics in Visual Communication Design (3:0:6).
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Notes: Additional class lab fees may apply. Offered periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 300 and permission/prearrangement with area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

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VCOM 399 - General Visual Communication Elective (3)

3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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VCOM 401 - Visual Communication Seminar II (1).
Description: Review of student projects and discussion of relevant theoretical, conceptual and professional issues relating to visual communication design. Notes: Offered in fall and spring. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: VCOM 301. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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VCOM 420 - Illustration: Heroes and Antiheroes (3:1:4).
Description: This course investigates the occurrence of heroes, villains, and anti-heroes as iconic symbols in illustration. Character development is investigated as well as a variety of illustrative narrative formats. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Course offered in fall of alternate years. Lab fees may be used to offset drawing session requiring compensated models. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 423 - Illustration: Folk Tales and Children's Literature (3:1:4).
Description: Application of illustration skills and understanding to folklore and children's literature settings for the purpose of conveying an illustrated story. Stylistic choices, age-appropriateness, and anthropomorphism will be explored. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Course offered in fall of alternate years. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 424 - Illustration: Sequential Storytelling (3:1:4).
Description: Application of illustration skills and understanding to sequential and time-based settings for the purpose of conveying an illustrated story. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Offered only in Fall of alternate years. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 425 - Illustration: Persuasion and Propaganda (3:1:4).
Description: Investigates the use of illustration in political posters, product advertising and nationalistic images. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Course offered only in Spring of alternate years. Prerequisites: VCOM300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 427 - Illustration: Narrative and Editorial (3:1:4).
Description: Narrative and editorial illustration conveys a story, or describes a point of view. This class uses illustration approaches and practices for students to pursue creative solutions to narrative subject matter. Notes: Lab Fee: $60. Course offered only in spring of alternate years. Prerequisites: VCOM 300. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 444 - Studio 351 (3:0:8).
Description: The practicum class provides "real world" design problems. In directed situations, students are responsible for the full range of project management, from client interaction, problem definition, and production to finished printed or electronic materials. Prerequisites: Passage of VCOM 300. Portfolio required for admission to class.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
8.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Practicum/Cooperative edu

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VCOM 453 - Corporate Identity (3:1:4).
Description: Comprehensive study and production of corporate identity systems, including the design and development of logos, identity standards, and related collateral materials. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 355 and VCOM 358. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 455 - Three-Dimensional Graphic Design (3:1:4).
Description: Application of communication graphics to three-dimensional forms. Investigation of design issues relating to product packaging, promotion, environmental graphics, signage and other dimensional formats. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 355. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 462 - Interface Design in Alternative Media (3:1:4).
Description: This course will develop aspects of interactive media content for alternative platforms, formats and devices. Technical considerations will be discussed as well as theoretical planning for these types of environments. Much of the content will depend on devices that are acquired during the course. Also students will be required to develop an environment for experimental learning using these devices. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: VCOM 362, or VCOM 262 and CSCI 242 and permission of area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

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VCOM 463 - Multimedia Design II (3:1:4).
Description: This course extends experiences from VCOM 363 by further investigation of the relationship users have with technology. Multimedia content will be developed using professional-level techniques for internet delivery. Creative approaches to presenting information through sequential media, information gathering strategies, and role playing will be a focus of the course. A variety of technical skills and techniques for building multimedia projects will also be required of the students. Notes: Lab Fee: $45. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 363. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
4.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical, Studio/PE

Design Department

Course Attributes:
Humanities and Arts

VCOM 486 - Senior Thesis Proposal (1).
Description: Focus on the preparation and approval of a project proposal which serves as the basis for research in VCOM 487. Notes: Lab Fee: $10. Offered in periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 455 or VCOM 424; WRIT 465 (must be pre- or co-requisite). All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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VCOM 487 - Senior Thesis (3:0:6).
Description: Students pursue solutions to a visual communications problems individually proposed in VCOM 486. Notes: Lab Fee: $40. Offered periodically. Prerequisites: WRIT 465, VCOM 486. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

Design Department

VCOM 490 - Special Topics in Visual Communication Design (1:0:2).
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Notes: Offered periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 300 and permission/prearrangement with area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Studio/PE

Design Department

VCOM 492 - Special Topics in Visual Communication Design (3:0:6).
Description: Extended individual opportunities in communication design study beyond existing program curriculum. Notes: Offered periodically. Prerequisites: VCOM 300 and permission/prearrangement with area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research

Design Department

VCOM 501 - Visual Communication Seminar III (1:0:2).
Description: Review of student projects and discussion of relevant theoretical, conceptual and professional issues relating to visual communication design. Notes: May be retaken for additional credit. Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 401. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
1.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
2.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

Design Department

VCOM 578 - Professional Portfolio and Practices (3:0:6).
Description: The development of a professional design portfolio. Course also covers preparation of a resume, professional standards and practices, legal issues, and other items relevant to a practicing design professional. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 486. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
6.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Laboratory/Clinical, Studio/PE

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