Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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Find Your Direction and Follow it to an In-Demand Career in Visual Communication Design

Northern Vermont University’s bachelor of arts in visual communication design will prepare you to succeed in a wide range of professional roles and in-demand careers in the visual communication field. All students take core classes in graphic and web design, and then choose their direction through a concentration in digital advertising, graphic design, illustration, or photography.

As a student in this program, you will build on your broad skills through coursework and real-world projects that turn your passion, your hard work, and creativity into a professional portfolio and resume that will stand out to prospective employers after graduation. Our graduates work as graphic designers and artists, web support specialists, social media managers, visual arts faculty, digital marketing managers, web designers, and more.

Explore Student Work through NVU Digital Gallery Shows

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This program is grounded in a solid design foundation, where you’ll learn everything from color theory to typography and principles of marketing to print and digital production, with rich hands-on experience all along the way. Add one of four concentrations to your program of study to meet your professional goals and interests in the field.


Explore our bachelor of fine arts in graphic design program.

You’ll apply for NVU’s visual communications design program first, and then apply for acceptance into the BFA in graphic design program during your third semester at NVU; a portfolio review is required.

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Two female students in an art classroom, holding paint brushes, working together at a table.

“The art professors have so much to offer. They’re here to support you and let you be creative without holding you back.”

- Lily Johnson ’17


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