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) 2 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) 3 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) 3 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 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 Interactive Design I 3
Major Requirements 4 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 4 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