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Bachelor of Design Visual Communications Design
Alberta University of the Artswww.auarts.ca
Dream. Study. Create. Repeat. Welcome to life at AUArts.
AUArts is where creativity thrives. It's a haven for makers, designers, and artists. A testing ground for a future shaped by your unique vision and drive. A place where just about anything is possible.
AUArts offers the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Design (BDes)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Masters of Fine Arts (MFA)
BDes students, studying visual communications design or photography, benefit from an extensive design-based curriculum developed to exceed design industry expectations.
Students engaged in the BFA degree program choose to focus their studies in 1 of 9 studio areas, and each student benefits from the interdisciplinary approach of a diverse variety of media, ideas and people interacting in one comprehensive space. BFA majors include: ceramics, drawing, fibre, glass, jewellery + metals, media arts, painting, print media and sculpture.
The BFA and BDes programs begin with First Year Studies - a common year-long experience that provides a critical foundation of technical and problem-solving skills. It's also your opportunity to explore a variety of creative directions and studio experiences. Upon completion of First Year Studies you'll choose to apply to a major in the BDes program or enter studies at the 200 level of the BFA program.
MFA in Craft Media is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, studio-based program that gives you the freedom to explore possibilities, push limits, and reimagine your practice. The core of the program is practice-led, autonomous research. Students may concentrate upon a specific discipline: Ceramics, Fibre, Glass or Jewellery + Metals, or they may augment their primary craft discipline to build an interdisciplinary or hybrid program of study. During the course of their study, students may initiate mentorships with faculty from AUArt's other program areas, such as Print Media, Drawing, Media Arts and Design.
Program Type Bachelor's
Credential Type Degree
Length 4 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
Admission to the Visual Communications Design Major is competitive and is based on a combination of GPA and portfolio assessment. Successful completion of First Year Studies is required. Students completing deficiencies during the Spring/Summer may be given provisional consideration. Students must be in clear academic standing when they apply to a Design major.
It is strongly recommended that students or applicants considering Visual Communications Design as a major should be able to express themselves through writing, and through drawing of their ideas and designs. All program candidates are expected to possess basic computer skills and be prepared to engage in independent research.
Transfer students are encouraged to apply and should see school's website for admission information, transfer credit and art portfolio guidelines.
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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Yes
Updated August 27, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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