Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 56

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 1 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 2 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 6
 Units15-16
Third Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 2 3-4
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Major Electives (18 units total): Six units must be in DES and selected in consultation with a DES advisor – Take Two 6
SF State Studies or University Elective 2
 Units14
Fifth Semester
DES 323 Visual Design Literacy 3
DES 356 A History of Design and Technology 3
DES 370 Introduction to Design and Industry 1
Major Electives (18 units total): Six units must be in DES and selected in consultation with a DES advisor – Take Two 6
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units16
Sixth Semester
DES 300 Design Process 3
DES 320 Drafting and Sketching for Design 3
DES 322 Computer Graphic Imaging 3
DES 324GW Research and Writing for Design - GWAR 3
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
DES 325 Graphic Design I: Introduction 3
DES 327 Digital Media I 3
Major Requirements 3 3
Major Electives (18 units total): Six units must be in DES and selected in consultation with a DES advisor 3
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
DES 505 Senior Design Project 3
DES 570 Professional Practices for Designers 3
Major Requirements – Take Two 3 6
Major Electives (18 units total): Six units must be in DES and selected in consultation with a DES advisor 3
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

2

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.

3

Major Requirements (Three Total)
DES 425 Graphic Design II: Typography (3 units)
DES 427 Digital Media II (3 units)
DES 525 Graphic Design III: Advanced (3 units)
DES 527 Digital Media III (3 units)
DES 627 Advanced Projects in Visual Communication Design (3 units)