Visual Communication Design SF Scholars Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area E 3
Major Electives (18 units total) - Take One 5 3
 Units15-16
Second Year
Fall Semester
GE Area C 3
GE Area D - Take Two 6
Major Electives (18 units total) - Take One 5 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
DES 200 Visual Design Literacy (Major Foundation) 3
DES 222 Introduction to 2D Digital Design (Major Foundation) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
DES 322 Computer Graphic Imaging (Major Core ) 3
DES 356 A History of Design and Technology (Major Core ) 6 3
DES 370 Introduction to Design (Major Core) 1
Major Electives (18 Units Total) - Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester
DES 300 Design Process (Major Core ) 3
DES 324GW Research and Writing for Design - GWAR (Major Core ) 3
DES 325 Graphic Design I (Major Requirement) 3
DES 327 Interactive Design I (Major Prerequisite) 3
Major Electives (18 units total) - Take One 5 3
 Units15
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 2
 Units5
Fall Semester
DES 425 Graphic Design II (Major Requirement) 3
DES 427 Interactive Design II (Major Requirement) 3
Major Electives (18 Units Total) - Take One 5 3
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units15
Spring Semester
DES 505 Senior Design Project (Major Culminating Requirement) 3
DES 570 Professional Practices for Designers (Major Culminating Requirement) 3
Select One (Major Requirement): 3
Graphic Design III: Advanced  
Interactive Design III  
DES 700 Seminar in Design Research (Graduate Core) 3
Graduate Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 7 3
 Units15
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
DES 724 Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing for Creative Disciplines (Graduate Core) 3
DES 800 Seminar in Design Topics (Graduate Core) 3
DES 852 Directed Experience in Design (Graduate Core) 3
Graduate Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 7 3
 Units12
Spring Semester
DES 755 Seminar in Design Management (Graduate Core) 3
DES 805 Seminar in Design Methodology (Graduate Core) 3
Select One (Culminating Experience): 3
Creative Work Project  
Master's Thesis  
Graduate Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 7 3
 Units12
 Total Units150-152