Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Program Requirements

  • Intakes: Campus Terms Full/Part Time
      North Vancouver Fall Full-Time

    Students may obtain a concentration by completing 24.00 credits in one of the following areas:

    - Illustration Concentration: 9 lower-level credits: IDES 235, IDES 236 and IDES 237; 15 upper-level credits: IDES 361 and/or IDES 381, and DSGN 441.

    - Branding Concentration: 9 lower-level credits: IDES 243, IDES 244 and IDES 249; 15 upper-level credits: IDES 362 and/or IDES 382, and DSGN 442.

    - Interactive Design Concentration: 9 lower-level credits: IDES 243, IDES 244 and IDES 252; 15 upper-level credits: IDES 363 and/or IDES 383, and DSGN 443.

    Note: Breadth elective credits must include a minimum of 3 credits designated as Quantitative/Analytical and a minimum of 6 credits at the 300/400 level.

    Continuation Requirements: Year 2: Successful completion of all 100-level IDES/DSGN courses with a 2.67 GPA on these courses. Year 3: Successful completion of all 200-level IDES/DSGN courses with a 2.67 GPA on these courses. Year 4: Successful completion of all 300-level IDES/DSGN courses with a 2.67 GPA on these courses.

    First Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 15.00
    Required: 15.00
    DSGN 121 Design Fundamentals 3.00  
    ENGL 100 University Writing Strategies 3.00  
    IDES 131 Survey and Principles of Illustration I 3.00  
    IDES 133 Visual Studio 3.00  
    IDES 141 Survey and Principles of Design I 3.00  
    Second Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 15.00
    Required: 15.00
    DSGN 122 Creative Thinking for Designers 3.00  
    IDES 132 Survey and Principles of Illustration II 3.00  
    IDES 142 Survey and Principles of Design II 3.00  
    IDES 151 Digital Media I 3.00  
    ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Third Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 16.00
    Required: 16.00
    IDES 211 Technology Intensive I 1.00  
    IDES 235 Illustration Studio I 3.00  
    IDES 243 Design Studio I 3.00  
    IDES 247 Survey and Principles of Typography 3.00  
    IDES 252 Digital Media II 3.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Fouth Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 16.00
    Required: 16.00
    IDES 212 Technology Intensive II 1.00  
    IDES 236 Illustration Studio II 3.00  
    IDES 237 Digital Illustration 3.00  
    IDES 244 Design Studio II 3.00  
    IDES 249 Brand Identity 3.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Fifth Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 16.00
    Required: 10.00
    DSGN 325 Design Thinking and Research 3.00  
    IDES 313 Technology Intensive III 1.00  
    IDES 340 Visual Communication Workshops I 3.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list: 6.00
    IDES 360 Visual Communication Studio I 6.00  
    IDES 361 Visual Communication Studio I: Illustration Concentration 6.00  
    IDES 362 Visual Communication Studio I: Branding Concentration 6.00  
    IDES 363 Visual Communication Studio I: Interactive Concentration 6.00  
    Sixth Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 15.00
    Required: 9.00
    DSGN 320 Professional Development I 3.00  
    IDES 341 Visual Communication Workshops II 3.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list: 6.00
    IDES 380 Visual Communication Studio II 6.00  
    IDES 381 Visual Communication Studio II: Illustration Concentration 6.00  
    IDES 382 Visual Communication Studio II: Branding Concentration 6.00  
    IDES 383 Visual Communication Studio II: Interactive Concentration 6.00  
    Seventh Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 16.00
    Required: 7.00
    DSGN 473 Business Practices for Design Professionals 3.00  
    IDES 414 Technology Intensive IV 1.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  
    Choose 9.00 credits from the following list: 9.00
    DSGN 440 Professional Development II 9.00  
    DSGN 441 Professional Development II: Illustration Concentration 9.00  
    DSGN 442 Professional Development II: Branding Concentration 9.00  
    DSGN 443 Professional Development II: Interactive Concentration 9.00  
    Eighth Term   Course Credits Required Credits
    Credits 15.00
    Total Program Credits 124.00
    Required: 15.00
    DSGN 460 Professional Development III 3.00  
    IDES 490 Industry Practicum 9.00  
    Breadth Elective 100-level or higher 3.00  

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