College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Visual Communication, Bachelor of Fine Arts

4YR Progression Plan-Classic Interactive Design - Emphasis

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  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ART135 Drawing Fundamentals I 3
Description: Studio course. Representational and interpretive drawing, with a preliminary emphasis on linear construction, proportion, and perspective, leading to composition and creativity. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
2. COM101 Communication Analysis 3
Description: Integrated study of the analysis of verbal and visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication subdisciplines. Letter grade only.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Winter 2018 Spring 2019
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
VC101 Communication Design 3
Description: Studio course. Introduction to issues of design theory, principles and visual literacy. Projects designed to strengthen understanding of creative and critical thinking and demonstrate problem-solving skills. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018
-Option B-
VC161 History Of Visual Comm 3
Description: Introductory survey of major themes and historical phases of visual communication, development of visual communication, key people who nurtured its progress, events that linked contributions to civilization. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2019
4. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4 ENG105 Notes
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (English Placement score >= 30, or high school core GPA >= 3.0) or Corequisite: ENG 107
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Notes: Highly recommend taking ENG Foundation in first semester to avoid degree progress delay
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ART136 Drawing Fundamentals II 3
Description: Studio course. Representational and interpretive drawing in various media, with an emphasis on composition and creativity. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ART 135 or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
2. ART150 Two-dimen Design Fundamentals 3
Description: Studio course. Explores art elements and design principles applicable to all the visual arts, with an emphasis on two-dimensional organization and color theory. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
VC101 Communication Design 3
Description: Studio course. Introduction to issues of design theory, principles and visual literacy. Projects designed to strengthen understanding of creative and critical thinking and demonstrate problem-solving skills. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018
-Option B-
VC161 History Of Visual Comm 3
Description: Introductory survey of major themes and historical phases of visual communication, development of visual communication, key people who nurtured its progress, events that linked contributions to civilization. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2019
4. VC102 Intro To Computer Graphics 3
Description: Introduction to computer literacy. Practical and technical concepts for entry-level image manipulation. Demonstrations, exercises, and concepts necessary for digital design. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018
5. MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3 MAT114 Notes
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (MTHPLACE 30+; ALEKS 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Notes: Highly recommend taking Math Foundation in 2nd semester to avoid degree progress delay.

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3
Description: Introduces the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examines vocabulary and research methods used in the study of communication. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Winter 2018 Spring 2019
2. VC202 Typography I 3 VC202 Notes
Description: Studio course. The introduction to traditional and conceptual typographic applications, with a focus on the study of the basic letter forms, type families and characteristics, history of type, typographic contrast, hierarchy, and grids. Students build typographic vocabulary skills, typesetting and typographic layout skills, and a basic understanding of expressive typography and conceptual thinking. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: VC 181, (Graphic Design Milestone or Motion Design Milestone), (ART 135 and ART 150 with grades of C or better) Corequisite: VC 201
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018
Notes: Degree progress will be delayed if student is not enrolled in all three co-requisite courses.
3. VC201 Graphic Design I 3 VC201 Notes
Description: Studio course. An introduction into the exploration of the formal principles and elements of design, applied visual problem solving exercises incorporating type and image concepts in order to create effective graphic design communications for both print and interactive formats. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: VC 181, (Graphic Design Milestone or Motion Design Milestone), (ART 135 and ART 150 with grades of C or better) Corequisite: VC 202
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018
Notes: Degree progress will be delayed if student is not enrolled in all three co-requisite courses.
4. VC351 Interactive Design I 3 VC351 Notes
Description: Studio course. Experimental and professional use of the computer as a tool for interative design. Focuses on technique, style, and concepts. Projects using web-based and interactive media. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: VC 101, VC 251, and ART 135 with grades of C or better Corequisite: VC 329 and VC 331
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Degree progress will be delayed if student is not enrolled in all three co-requisite courses.
5. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4 LIBSTLAB Notes
Notes: See the Academic Catalog for a list of approved courses and visit your advisor for specific course recommendation(s). Please note the catalog is available using the link at the top of this webpage.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ARH142 Western Art Since 1400 3
Description: Surveys Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Winter 2018 Spring 2019
2. VC262 Typography II 3
Description: Studio course. Advanced exploration of typographic principles as applied to complex graphic and motion design projects. Students strengthen skills in creating sophisticated compositions and typographic relationships, experiment with type as identity, emotion, and methodology. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (Graphic Design Milestone or Motion Design Milestone), VC 201 and VC 202 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2019
3. VC261 Graphic Design II 3
Description: Studio course. An application of design and typographic principles, integrated into communication design projects of moderate and increasing complexity. Emphasis is on development of strong concepts that communicate persuasively and effectively across multiple platforms. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (Graphic Design Milestone or Motion Design Milestone), VC 201 and VC 202 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2019
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3 LIBSTCOURSE Notes
Notes: See the Academic Catalog for a list of approved courses and visit your advisor for specific course recommendation(s). Please note the catalog is available using the link at the top of this webpage.
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ARH141 Western Art To 1400 3
Description: Surveys Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory through the Gothic period. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
-Option B-
ARH143 Intro To The Arts Of Asia 3
Description: Explores a wide range of works of art produced in West, Central, South, and East Asia from prehistoric to modern times, as well as provides a basic introduction to the discipline of art history. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry and Global
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Winter 2018 Spring 2019
-Option C-
ARH145 Intro To Native N American Art 3
Description: Surveys the arts of Native North America focusing on architecture, metalwork, painting, performance, sculpture, and textiles. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding and Ethnic
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2018 Spring 2019
2. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3 LIBSTCOURSE Notes
Notes: See the Academic Catalog for a list of approved courses and visit your advisor for specific course recommendation(s). Please note the catalog is available using the link at the top of this webpage.
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Speak with an Academic Advisor or a Faculty Mentor regarding graduate school or career planning.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLWRCOURSE Jr Level Writing Requirement 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. VC451 Interactive Design II 3
Description: Studio course. Conceptual and practical focus on interactive design methods. 1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: VC 161, 329, 331, 351; ART 136; COM 101 and 200 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. VC343 Visual Communication Studios 3
Description: Studio course. Professional or experimental studio practice, examines trends and media applications in visual communication expertise areas. Specialized design topics encompass studio practices used in motion graphics, animation, digital media, and print design. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Two completions of each topic are allowed. Only the first 6 units will count towards the major. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Graphic Design Milestone, VC 161, VC 261 and VC 262 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ARH2XX/3XX ARH Elective 200/300 level 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. VC343 Visual Communication Studios 3
Description: Studio course. Professional or experimental studio practice, examines trends and media applications in visual communication expertise areas. Specialized design topics encompass studio practices used in motion graphics, animation, digital media, and print design. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Two completions of each topic are allowed. Only the first 6 units will count towards the major. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Graphic Design Milestone, VC 161, VC 261 and VC 262 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2018 Spring 2019
3. VC452 Interactive Design III 3
Description: Studio course. Advanced exploration of interactive design practices and theories. Focuses on complex visual communication problems. 1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: VC 451 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Speak with a Faculty Mentor regarding your Senior Project.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. VC493C Graphic Des Senior Portfolio 3
Description: Analysis, development, and preparation of a professional portfolio plus a written capstone statement. Self promotion, resume, visual documentation, and an oral presentation are also required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Graphic Design Milestone, VC 403, VC 453 and Senior Status or higher
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2019
2. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) ART 150 (3), ARH 141 (3)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) ARH 142 (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information


CONTACT INFORMATION

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MAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu
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General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses.
 
For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.
 
Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan.
 
Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.
 
For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.