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    Jun 13, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Graphic and Visual Communication Design (BA)

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Offered by the Department of Art , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program

A student admitted to AU under any major, school, college, or undeclared, may be admitted to the program and declare the major after completion with a grade of C or better of at least 6 credit hours from the following courses:

Students are accepted based on programmatic approval and formal declaration of major. 

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours, with grades of C or better
    • To remain in good standing in the major, a course can be repeated once in order to achieve the required minimum grade
    • Subject to the approval of the program, a maximum of 12 credit hours in graphic design transferred from another university may be substituted for required graphic design courses
    • With the approval of the program director, up to 6 credit hours taken abroad may be applied to the major
    • No more than 3 credit hours of GDES-490 Independent Study Project (1-6)  may be applied to the major
    • No more than 3 credit hours of GDES-491 Internship (1-6)  may be applied to the major
  • Minor or second major exclusive of Graphic and Visual Communication Design (Minor) 

Course Requirements

Foundations (18 credit hours)

Specialized Practices II (6 credit hours)

Minor or Second Major

Note: These courses are not included in the major GPA.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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