Visual Communication Design BFA

Department of Art and Design

Department of Art and Design

Design your future.

Learn from industry professionals who shape the way we visually connect and experience the world. Discover where a BFA in Visual Communication Design can take you -- and how Montclair State can give you that running start.

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About Visual Communication Design

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Visual Communication Designers use color, typography, imagery, layout, formats, and media to help individuals, businesses, and institutions reach their target audiences. From logos to brand strategy; book covers to packaging; websites to apps and posters to billboards; from kiosks to building façades, visual communication designers are responsible for creating the messages we see and read everyday.

About the Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Communication Design at Montclair State University is a comprehensive, four-year, pre-professional program that combines focused studio work in the major with liberal arts courses that cross all disciplinary areas. Our curriculum will raise your awareness about the knowledge and themes that surround visual communication design and prepare you for a career in graphic design, creative coding, motion, and user interface design. In our program, research, analysis, sketching, concept development, and teamwork becomes an integral part of your design process. Our goal is to help you to become a persuasive design thinker equipped with the disciplinary skills and points of view that will serve you well in the field and in your life beyond college.

Alumni of our program work have worked for companies like CBS Local, CDGNYC, Circle Media, CLEAR M&C SAATCHI, Dressbarn, Fanbrandz, Jet, L’Oréal Professionnel, MLB Network, MSNBC, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, Pentagram, Simon & Schuster, thinkdm2, UP Design, and VSA Partners.


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What You Will Learn

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Your studies will begin with courses in design, composition, color theory, and art history. You will also explore the range of theories and practices of visual communication including the selection and use of type and image; professional presentations; concept development; computer applications for professional production; and content preparation for print, multimedia and the web. What’s more, we supplement our curriculum with valuable liberal arts courses that foster critical thinking – essential to professional development in any field. Small classes (18-22 students) ensure personalized attention and opportunity for making real connections. 

For complete Visual Communication Design BFA course requirements and descriptions, go to:


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Student Work

Throughout your studies, you will create work incorporating a range of media and techniques that include use of typography, photography, and digital and drawn imagery. By senior year, your portfolio will reflect exploration of a wide range of projects. It will be your most important asset in finding work in the industry.

Visit our Graphic Design Student Work Gallery to see a few examples of our students’ work.



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Our Faculty

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Faculty who teach in the Visual Communication Design program are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.  You will also learn from world-renowned visiting designers known for their expertise in graphic, web and interactive design; branding; print publication; communication technology; and fine arts.

You will be exposed to internationally recognized designers through class visits to their studios and lectures in New York City venues.  They will also come the campus to see your work as well. 

Our Art Forum lecture series has attracted designers such as Andrew Byrom, Joshua Davis, John Gall, Alexander Isley, Emily Oberman, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, and Jan Wilker, to name just a few.

Learn more about our faculty and Art Forum series:


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Jumpstart to a Career

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Montclair’s Visual Communication Design graduates have found work in a variety of professional settings, including design studios, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publishing companies. Some also work as freelancers or start their own businesses. Web design and teaching are additional career options for Visual Communication Designers.





Sample careers include: 

Advertising Design

Book Cover Design

Corporate Creative Services

Environmental Design

Exhibition Design for trade shows and museums

Film, Video, and Video Game Graphic Design

Interactive Design for websites, video games, and computer displays

Logo, Identity, and Brand Design

Magazine and Page Layout Design

Information Design

Package Design

Retail Design

Television Graphics

Type Design

Product Graphics

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Apply Now 

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To apply to the Art and Design Visual Communication Design BFA program, go to: Visual Communication Design BFA Applicants.

Click here to request more info or ask a question.


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