Our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio art with an emphasis in visual communications will prepare you to be a designer of information. In a broad sense, that covers everything about our environment: the spaces in which we live and work, the products we buy, and the messages we send and receive.

Visual communications requires attention to detail and cultural awareness. Contemporary design is much more than digital skills. Contemporary design is collaborative, bringing designers together as teams to craft innovative solutions to a wide range of traditional and contemporary formats.

At Ball State, you will work alongside your fellow visual communications majors in teams, closely supervised and guided by your instructors. You will learn, master, and refine your practical professional skills while combining a creative vision and personal aesthetic with the needs of a client.

What You Will Study

Our curriculum develops your skills, perceptions, and problem-solving abilities in traditional and digital media. You will work with professors to thoughtfully edit and revise your work for presentation and to translate your personal growth into your unique portfolio. This is a professional degree, and you will be prepared to enter the design world upon graduation.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Visual Communications?

As a graduate of our visual communications program, you’ll be prepared for:

  • a career as a graphic designer for an established firm
  • a career as an independent designer
  • excellent graduate programs for continued exploration

Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

Ready to Apply?

Have you decided our visual communications major is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process. The program maintains a policy of selective enrollment. Admission requires a review at the end of the spring term.

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