College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

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

Haig David-West,
Department Chair and Professor

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


Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

“Bingo Sheet” is IPFW’s term for the document which outlines the sequence of classes required for a particular degree. Students are encouraged to download and use the bingo sheet as a means of keeping track of completed courses and to schedule classes. However, students still must meet with their advisor at least once per semester for academic advising, as well as to secure permission to enter classes that require departmental permission. For assistance with or questions about bingo sheets please contact your advisor. For a full explanation of classes needed for the major/minor/certificate of choice please check the IPFW Bulletins.

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

    The department offers competitive, comprehensive Indiana University degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), a four-year program, provides graduates with knowledge and skills that enable them to pursue many professions in graphic design, modeling and animation, and imaging and photography. The visual communication and design minor is a 15-hour program offered to any IPFW student wishing to combine a major in any other field with experience in graphic design, modeling and animation, or imaging and photography. A full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Visual Communication and Design Student Handbook [PDF]. Portable Document Format [PDF] document requires a PDF Reader.

    Areas of Concentration

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts program includes general education, visual art foundations, art/design history, and design studio courses. Concentrations are offered in Modeling and Animation, Graphic Design, and Imaging and Photography. Students are eligible for admission to the B.F.A. major after (1) completing approximately 60 credits of study with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher and a grade of C or better in each VCD course and (2) receiving approval for admission by the faculty after a portfolio review. A student may not enroll in more than two studio courses numbered 300 or above until these criteria are met.