What will I learn?

Visual communication design students learn how to design static and interactive work, which can include motion graphics, product packaging, advertising pieces, and so much more.

The visual communication design (VCD) program encompasses all visual languages used to communicate, therefore your coursework aims strengthen your skills as a designer. Classes on design theory, methods, and history align with practical work with real clients by the time you reach your senior year.

Designers in this program are able to think critically about how to tell a story using design elements rather than words. You must be able to think not only about how your work looks, but also about how other people will interact with it.

Featured Courses

After your foundation year, this program guides you through a series of independent studios and design intensives. You must complete 77–80 studio credits for your major, plus 45–46 academic credits. You must also complete a sophomore and junior review as a part of your inclusion in the program.

Career Outlook

VCD majors become designers who function as interpreters. They achieve this through critical thinking and intellectual flexibility. Internships are an integral part of the program, as are the real clients who work with students in our Civic Design class. Your senior year includes displaying work in a networking event, which is heavily attended by design professionals who are often looking to hire new talent. The VCD major has an exceptional job placement rate, and you will enter the workforce with both a rich portfolio and a strong alumni network on your side.

Which department am I in?

Hartford Art School

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$40,490.00 per year
USD $20,245 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 January 2022


Hartford Art School

200 Bloomfield Avenue,



06117, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A candidate for admission to the University of Hartford must be a graduate of, or student who will be graduated from, an accredited secondary school, or must have passed a state secondary school equivalency examination.

For international students

For students who have demonstrated above average performance in the first years of high school will be considered without their final year results. You will be required to present the following results: 2.75 (out of 4.0); 3.75 (out of 5.0); 80% (out of 100); 70% (out of 100) India/Canada.

IELTS - 6.5


Pearsons – 58

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Hartford - Undergraduate Admissions

The University of Hartford is a progressive and outward looking institution, whose alumni confidently pursue fulfilling and impactful careers.

  • Small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1
  • Seven faculties offering over 100 undergraduate programmes
  • Top 5 percent of AACSB accredited business schools worldwide
  • Beautiful 350-acre landscaped campus