In TFA’s Design & Visual Communications program, you’ll learn how classic and modern techniques merge beautifully and often seamlessly with cutting-edge visual media. You’ll learn the latest trends and technologies used by today’s top designers and design studios in entertainment, advertising, technology and beyond. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll walk away with the hands-on, experiential knowledge that will prepare you for a real-world career in graphic design.
About the Program: Quick Facts
Degree type: Associate of Applied Science (two-year); Concentration in Design & Visual Communication
Enrollment terms: September, January, June
Full/part time: Full-time only
Average Class Size: 10 to 15
How We’re Different from Other Graphic Design Schools
The diverse and exciting career paths within graphic design require future designers to have much more than just a strong grasp of the basic tools. That’s why TFA’s Design & Visual Communications program injects real-world projects into the classroom experience as early as the first year of study. Unlike a typical school for graphic design that shield students from client-based projects, TFA establishes strong relationships with local and national clients who understand the value of working with our students. These relationships provide opportunities for our emerging professionals to learn, practice, and refine the aesthetic, technical and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the professional design world.
Design + Visual Communication students at TFA grow into skilled, mature and experienced designers by working like professional designers. Under the sure guidance of our professional instructors, our students set up project pipelines, establish protocols with real clients, draft creative briefs, hold meetings and conference calls, set milestones and, of course, practice and refine their graphic design skills and on a wide range of unique projects. You would be hard pressed to find another school of graphic design that supports and executes more real-world, student-driven projects than the Design & Visual Communications program at TFA.
What is a focused study?
Like a “major” at other graphic design schools, a focused study in TFA’s Design + Visual Communication Department gives you an in-depth look at specialized areas of your discipline. Every TFA student studies two tracks: Design Industry and Design Entrepreneurship.
Preparing You to Launch Your Career in Design + Visual Communication
When you leave TFA, you’ll have much more than just a degree to show employers or clients. You will have a polished portfolio demonstrating your talents and skills with a multitude of projects ranging from real client style guides, to TV-ready motion graphics, to flourishing websites, to interactive design applications and beyond. Prospective employers will clearly see that you are a step ahead of your competition due to your unique client-based experiences, your deep knowledge of a variety of design tools and techniques, and your uncompromising work ethic and professionalism. We think you will agree that your choice to enroll at the best school for graphic design puts you on a clear path toward success well before you graduate.