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Visual Communication Design

Visual Communication Design Department

The Department of Visual Communication Design encourages students to actively engage their world and define their role as contributing designers by developing their critical and analytical skills, personal voice, and visual language. The department cultivates a sense of social responsibility and inquiry in student designers who will be working at the intersection of art, design, and mass culture.

Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

A large faculty of recognized practicing designers, writers, and theorists teach a broad offering of courses in design principles, issues, theory, methodologies, processes, technology, and practice. Students develop their role as designers, authors, critics, and citizens, expanding their conceptual, critical, and organizational abilities in the process. Our extensive technical, advising, and administrative staff further the creation and assessment of each student’s unique body of work.

Our students are consistently represented in national design competitions and publications, while our alumni are designing, exhibiting, and teaching at leading studios and institutions across the country and beyond.

Course Offerings

Our diverse course offerings include both physical and virtual design areas:

  • Artists' books design
  • Book design
  • Environmental graphics
  • Exhibition design
  • Font /typography Design
  • Information design
  • Interaction design/interface design
  • Identity design/strategic design
  • Illustration/imagery design
  • Letterpress printing and bookbinding 
  • Motion graphics design
  • Offset printing/digital printing
  • Packaging design
  • Poster design
  • Publication design
  • Sustainable design
  • Symbol design
  • Website design/cross-platform design

Visiting Designer Lecture Series

Each year the Department of Visual Communication Design hosts Exploratory Languages, a lecture series featuring leading designers and design educators from across the country. Recent and upcoming visiting designers include:

Henk van Assen
Michelle Bowers
Kate Bingaman Burt
Philip Burton
Anne Bush
David Dunlap
Paul Elliman
Diane Gromala
Information Design Alliance
Terry Irwin
Elle Luna
Marcia Lausen
Warren Lehrer
Andrea Marks
Katherine McCoy
Stuart McKee
Franc Nunoo Quarcoo
Harry Pearce
Sol Sender
Hu Hung Shu
Mark Addison Smith
Rick Valicenti
Martin Venezky
Lorraine Wild
Karen Zimmerman
Philip Zimmerman

Contact Us

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1101

Phone: 312.899.5190


Piotr Michura

Graduate Coordinator

John Bowers

Senior Administrative Director

Aaron Kissman

Administrative Director

Kaitlyn Albrecht

Administrative Assistant

Jennie Bukowski