Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design

The 58-unit Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design encompasses and integrates graphic design and digital media topics and offers additional study addressing advanced concepts and a changing technological landscape with new opportunities for education and profession. Students are prepared to collaborate with other design disciplines in technology, user experience, and creative problem solving. All Design undergraduate programs are impacted at the first-time freshman level and for upper-division transfer programs. See Application Procedures, below.

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Laptop Requirement

Students are required to purchase a laptop with required software when they begin the major. Students accepted into the Design program will receive hardware and software recommendations for their particular course of study. Educational discounts on both hardware and software are available through the SF State Bookstore, and through various online vendors. If you qualify for federal financial aid and have not already been awarded the annual maximum in federal student loans, you may request an increase in the federal student loan to assist you with the purchase of the laptop.

Application Procedures

Design undergraduate programs are impacted at the first-time freshman level and for upper-division transfer students. All applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 units by the semester you would start the major with an overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 and two pre‐major prerequisite courses, for a total of 6 units. The pre-major courses must be passed with grades of “C” or better (see application form for details). Applicants are selected for available spaces based on completion of prerequisites, grade point average, experience in the field, and communication skills. Note: A list of acceptable pre-major courses is found on page two of the Supplemental Program Application Form below.

Admission of California State University qualified applicants will be based upon review of the departmental Supplemental Program Application. Supplemental Program Applications are accepted October 1 through November 30 for admission the following fall semester.

To Apply

Supplemental Program Application Form (PDF)

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