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

Where Talented VCD Students Flourish

The Department of Visual Communication and Design offers Indiana University degrees in art to students upon graduation.  Because of the rigor and competitive edge embedded in our instructional process, VCD students have flourished in the professional practice of graphic design, modeling and animation, and imaging and photography.

Of significant note include Karrine Thornton (Class of 2010), whose photograph graces the cover of the 2010 edition of Photographer’s Forum magazine; Brooke Francesi (class of 2009) and Barbara Mendez (class of 2010), whose typographic work and photography, respectively, won coveted awards at the 2009 AAF Fort Wayne Addys, and alumna Carrie Jones, whose creative animation contributed to the worldwide success of the Jason Bourne movies.

Other success stories include the many dazzling alumni who head some of Fort Wayne’s finest advertising design agencies and photography studios.

IPFW Student Housing is a community in and of itself on campus, offering students apartment-style living with a variety of floor plans with private bedrooms.  Student Housing allows for quick, easy access to the main campus and provides an active student atmosphere and network.

Student Life oversees all of the student organizations on campus, including the VCD Society and Camera Clique.  

IPFW Multicultural Services is a support system for African American, Hispanic, Native American, International, Asian American, and first generation non-traditional college students. Several student organizations are offered through Multicultural Services, as well as programs, a newsletter, and scholarships.      

The University Student E-Mail Directory is an excellent way to contact other students. All you need to know is the first two letters of a person’s last name to find their email address, if the person has chosen to be listed.