College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

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
Email: warfield@ipfw.edu


Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is designed for exceptionally creative students who are interested in pursuing a professional career in the field of visual communication and design. They must have demonstrated superior ability and motivation in a particular discipline.

During the first two years of classes, students complete the comprehensive studio foundation program, comprised of basic and figure drawing, digital imaging, color theory, visual organization in 2-D and 3-D design, and basic photography. This sequence is designed to provide conceptual depth, visual literacy, and development of fundamental technical skills germane to visual communication.

Majors must complete a thesis project in the elected area of concentration. This two-semester course requires a student to develop and organize a body of work demonstrating superior knowledge of design principles, confidence in handling media, intellectual engagement and a strong sense of individuality. The thesis project culminates in a B.F.A. exhibition that is judged by an external juror from a nationally accredited university and reviewed by the public. A well-articulated thesis statement is a requirement of the exhibition installation.

The areas of study emphasis include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Imaging and Photography
  • Modeling and Animation

Graphic Design:

  • art direction
  • billboards and posters
  • book design
  • environmental graphics
  • illustration
  • informational graphics
  • package design
  • point of sale design
  • print advertising
  • signage/way-finding
  • storyboard artist
  • television graphics

Imaging and Photography:

  • advertising photography
  • commercial photography
  • digital photography
  • fine art photography
  • photographic retouching
  • photo journalism
  • portraiture

Modeling and Animation:

  • animation/video editing
  • architectural rendering
  • CD ROM authoring
  • digital game design
  • gaming
  • interactive design
  • movie special effects
  • television advertising
  • virtual reality
  • web design
  • 3-D modeling
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