Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
IDEA School of Design

Credential
Bachelor

Program Highlights

Want to be part of the next generation of creative professionals? Learn your craft and develop your skill in visual expression at CapU.

The world of visual communication moves fast. At CapU we make it our business to keep up with industry trends and innovations – and take you with us. The curriculum is rigorous, industry-focused and responsive to cultural change and technology advances. You'll learn a broad range of design specialties such as branding, illustration, and interactive design. You'll engage with instructors who are professionals with years of experience and broad networks across the industry. Bring your talent, passion and goals to a program with a reputation for industry-ready graduates.

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current visual communication practice.
  • Identify and solve communication problems using a strategic process, with an emphasis on design thinking, creativity, original solutions, and clarity of communication.
  • Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts that communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, economic, cultural, and social human factors that shape visual communication decisions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with the tools and technologies that support visual communication practice and apply concepts across a range of media platforms.
  • Utilize professional development and industry work experience to enter the field as visual communication professionals.
  • Apply visual communication expertise for societal and environmental benefit.
  • Work collaboratively with other disciplines in business, industry, and the broader community.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning and responsiveness to change.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
DSGN 121Design Fundamentals3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
IDES 131Survey and Principles of Illustration I3.00 credits
IDES 133Visual Studio3.00 credits
IDES 141Survey and Principles of Design I3.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
DSGN 122Creative Thinking for Designers3.00 credits
IDES 132Survey and Principles of Illustration II3.00 credits
IDES 142Survey and Principles of Design II3.00 credits
IDES 151Digital Media I3.00 credits
Numeracy Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 16.00

Required
IDES 211Technology Intensive I1.00 credits
IDES 235Illustration Studio I3.00 credits
IDES 243Design Studio I3.00 credits
IDES 247Survey and Principles of Typography3.00 credits
IDES 252Digital Media II3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.00

Required
IDES 212Technology Intensive II1.00 credits
IDES 236Illustration Studio II3.00 credits
IDES 237Digital Illustration3.00 credits
IDES 244Design Studio II3.00 credits
IDES 249Brand Identity3.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Fifth Term

Total credits: 16.00

Required
DSGN 325Design Thinking and Research3.00 credits
IDES 313Technology Intensive III1.00 credits
IDES 340Visual Communication Workshops I3.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Sixth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
DSGN 320Professional Development I3.00 credits
IDES 341Visual Communication Workshops II3.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Seventh Term

Total credits: 16.00

Required
DSGN 473Business Practices for Design Professionals3.00 credits
IDES 414Technology Intensive IV1.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 9.00 credits from the following list
DSGN 440Professional Development II9.00 credits
DSGN 441Professional Development II: Illustration Concentration9.00 credits
DSGN 442Professional Development II: Branding Concentration9.00 credits
DSGN 443Professional Development II: Interactive Concentration9.00 credits

 

Eighth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
DSGN 460Professional Development III3.00 credits
IDES 490Industry Practicum9.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Total program credits: 124.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

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.

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

A minimum grade of C in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Interview required if portfolio review is successful

Two letters of reference, written submission documents, and an online portfolio. Portfolios are reviewed by an admissions committee on the basis of drawing, design, use of colour, creativity, media variety, skill and presentation. Applicants whose portfolios meet the standards of the program will be required to submit a sketchbook for review, attend an interview, and complete tests in drawing, written communication, and creative thinking.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Admission Notes

Please note that English 100 is a required course in the first term of the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication program. In order to enroll in any English course, students must submit the results of the Capilano University Diagnostic Test (EDT) or the Language Proficiency Index Test (LPI) unless they meet the EDT/LPI exemptions listed in the Capilano University Calendar website.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants must submit their portfolio and program applications through the online portal SlideRoom.

Please submit no fewer than 15 images of recent work. 

We assess portfolios based on drawing, design, and creativity. We encourage work that uses a variety of mediums (e.g. acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, digital).

Mandatory items are a minimum of five drawings rendered directly from life, without using photographic reference. These can include the human form (faces/figures), still life, people sitting in a café, your dog sleeping, a tree in your yard, etc. For the human figure, you may find it useful to attend life drawing classes for a variety of models and poses. Our aim is to assess how you observe and respond to your living world.

The remaining images can be any combination of traditional or digital illustration, painting, or design. Up to one piece of photography or two videos/animations can also be included.

Please photograph your work straight-on, in clear daylight, to a size of at least 1024 pixels wide. Ensure your photos are clear, faithful to the original, and saved as jpegs.

In addition to uploading a portfolio, you will also be required to answer some questions that address your interests and reasons for applying to the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication program, and to upload two letters of recommendation. Applicants may also have their letters of recommendation sent directly to the IDEA School of Design; have them emailed to idea@capilanou.ca.

The SlideRoom portal for the 2019 Early Admission period will open on November 2, 2018. Once you create your account, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission as much as you like but remember that we can review it only after you click the SUBMIT button! SlideRoom will charge you a small fee to submit your portfolio.

If your portfolio meets the standards of the program you will be invited to attend an interview conducted by a faculty panel. In addition to the interview, you will take part in timed tests of drawing, creativity, and communication skills. You will also be required to bring a current sketchbook for review. Please be prepared to spend up to four hours at the University on interview day.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Early Admission (recommended):

  • Apply to the University before you submit your portfolio online.
  • Complete your SlideRoom submission on or before Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Note:  submissions received after this date will be considered in the Late Admission Period.
  • Interview and testing dates will take place Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Exact date(s) TBA.  Applicants will be notified by telephone if their submission meets the standards of the program.
  • Waitlisted applicants will be notified after the Late Admission period if space becomes available.

Late Admission:

  • Apply to the University before you submit your portfolio online.
  • Complete your SlideRoom submission on or before Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
  • Interviews and testing will take place Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Exact date(s) TBA. Applicants will be notified by telephone if their submission meets the standards of the program.
  • Waitlisted applicants will be notified if space becomes available.
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Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
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CapUinfo@capilanou.ca

IDEA School of Design


604 990 7820
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