Visual Communication Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

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Explore communication techniques to express your message

When you get your B.F.A. in visual communication design (VCD) at UW you are gaining the tools to achieve a successful career in design. Learn our human-centered approach to crafting solutions and tackling problems as designers.

Explore the various disciplines and build your knowledge and skills to create a successful future in VCD.  

What Is Visual Communication Design?

The B.F.A. in VCD challenges students to think with a human-centered approach to creating and thinking as designers. Students learn through digital and hands-on challenges to develop critical narrative skills and refine their ability to think conceptually. Individual projects and research prepare each student to be a flexible thinker in an international community continually influenced by new ideas, tools and technologies.

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VCD faculty have expertise in the field and the classroom. Their commitment to student inspiration is unmatched. 

Associate Professor Peter Fine practiced graphic design for 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to students at UW. His latest work is The Design of Race: How Visual Culture Shapes America. Associate Professor Brandon Gellis focuses on identity in his work and has won multiple Juror’s Choice Awards. 

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What Can You Do with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design?

Students graduating with a B.F.A. in VCD can pursue many jobs and often go on to work in museums, galleries, illustration and design roles. Others start design businesses, and many join local creative communities. 

Visual Communication Design Careers

  • Graphic Designer 
  • Artist
  • Interior Designer 
  • Photojournalist 
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Internet Publisher 
  • Web/App Designer 
  • Fashion Designer
  • Advertiser


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Here are a few places our University of Wyoming alumni have made a difference!

  • George Washington University
  • OPTiMO Information Technology
  • Caballero Graphics & Design
  • Interweave
  • Jetset Magazine
  • Talking Stick Resort
  • Pei Wei
  • Ricoh USA, Inc.
  • Arizona Facility Supply
  • Concept Pro Creative
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Visual Communication Design Program Highlights

Students majoring in VCD at UW benefit from resources and chances for connection during their academic career and beyond. 

Networking Opportunities

VCD students are encouraged to apply for study abroad opportunities and internships. Students can gain direct, hands-on experience with brochures, gallery work and museum internships connected through the UW. Students can also participate in discipline-specific conferences such as the Mid-America Print Council. 

Facility Resources

The Visual Arts Building, design computer classroom, and design and fabrication studio facilities offer ample research, design and production space. Facilities include access to cutting-edge technology, along with open-source and industry-standard software and tools for design exploration.

Contact Us

We're Eager to Help!

Department of Visual Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

Department 3138, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3269