College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Stevens Amidon, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707
Email: warfield@ipfw.edu

 

Fine Arts | Music
Theatre | VCD

Fall 2015 Graduates Show Their Work

Fall 2015 Gradutes

Blood, Sweat and Pixels:
Fall 2015 Senior BFA Exhibition

Blood, Sweat and Pixels: Fall 2015 Senior BFA Exhibition

Seniors graduating from the Department of Visual Communication and Design will display their senior thesis projects in the gallery of Wunderkammer Company.

Dec. 4 – Dec. 20, 2015

Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Opening Ceremony at 6:30     Reception immediately following

Wunderkammer Company
3402 Fairfield Avenue

The exhibition can be viewed Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
facebook.com/wunderkammercompany
For information call the Department of Visual Communication and Design at 260-481-6709 or visit www.ipfw.edu/vcd

Carwein Visits Spring 2015 BFA Exhibition

Michael Moses (right) explains his work to Chancellor Vickie Carwein.
Michael Moses (right) explains his work at the Allen County
Public Library to Chancellor Vickie Carwein.

Chancellor Vickie Carwein plays an animated game designed by Rakesh Younger (left) while CVPA Dean John O’Connell looks on.
Chancellor Carwein plays an animated game designed by
Rakesh Younger (left) while CVPA Dean John O’Connell looks on.

Chancellor Carwein admires Lindsey Frederick’s yoga and active wear collection, while Dean John O’Connell (left) and VCD Exhibitions Coordinator Professor Jim Gabbard (center) look on.
Carwein admires Lindsey Frederick’s yoga and active wear
collection, while O’Connell (left) and VCD Exhibitions Coordinator
Jim Gabbard (center) look on.

Tyler Zent discusses his work with Chancellor Vickie Carwein
Tyler Zent discusses his work with Chancellor Carwein.

Erica Gomes explains her work to Chancellor Vickie Carwein.
Erica Gomes explains her work to Chancellor Carwein.

VCD Exhibitions Coordinator Professor Jim Gabbard (left) explains the exhibition process to Chancellor Vickie Carwein and Dean John O’Connell.

VCD Exhibitions Coordinator Jim Gabbard (left) explains the
exhibition process to Chancellor Carwein and Dean O’Connell.

 

VCD Alumna Brooke Francesi Explores Temporal Typography in Published MFA Book

VCD alumna Brooke Francesi (Class of 2009) has published Temporal Typography, a book on her MFA thesis completed at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Brooke describes temporal typography as the category of typography that escapes purely static or purely kinetic formal content. She states, “Unlike static typography, these forms are not bound by one iteration within a singular viewing experience. Similar to kinetic type, temporal typography carries the stamp of time but is not relegated movement or time-based media. Temporal letterforms have the ability to manifest themselves in both static and kinetic ways, as well as physical and digital ways, and therefore cannot be evaluated by the same functional factors of traditional typography: legibility and readability. Viewership and perception are elevated, and formal and experiential conditions are re-prioritized as the forms transition from one state to the next.”
Commenting on Brooke’s success, VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West, who mentored her on her best-in-show BFA thesis project at IPFW, says, “Brooke’s exploration of temporality is a logical progression of ‘letterforms as physical structures in dynamic interrelationships’ she investigated under my tutelage. Her nimble disposition, intellectual curiosity, and capacity for sophisticated design thinking were sure to locate her on the frontlines of new directions in design studies.” Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi is available at Amazon.com.

Brooke Francesi Temporal Typography presentaion
Brooke Francesi discussing her work at CCA in San Francisco.

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography
Page spreads from Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi


Department of Visual Communication and Design Receives NASAD Accreditation

The College of Visual and Performing Arts has reached a milestone moment, having received notification in November of their first ever associate level membership accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Now all of the departments in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are fully accredited by their respective national organizations, continuing to offer students the same academic rigor and artistic opportunities available at more than 300 accredited colleges and universities across the nation.

The IPFW NASAD steering committee was responsible for preparing a 300-page self-study and hundreds of examples of student work for review. The self-study and site visit resulted in full accreditation through 2020.

The driving forces behind this effort are VPA Dean John O’Connell; John Hrehov, chair of Fine Arts; Haig David-West, chair of Visual Communication and Design (VCD); Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design and coordinator of the Interior Design Program, and the faculty and staff in the Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design.

The following programs have been accredited by NASAD:

Bachelor of Arts – 4 years: Fine Art, Art Education

Bachelor of Science – 4 years: Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts – 4 years: Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture); Visual Communication and Design (Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography, Modeling and Animation)

Rachel Von is Best-In-Show Award Winner at Fall 2014 BFA Exhibition

Fall BFA Exhibit Rachel Von with her award-winning work
Rachel Von
with her award-winning work.

Fall BFA Exhibit Rachel Von
Rachel Von
(right) discussing her work with Professor Sharon Oiga of the University of Illinois at Chicago (left), Chair of the Fall 2014 BFA Exhibition Panel of Judges.