College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Department of Visual Communication and Design

John Motz, B.F.A.
Interim Director

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707


Fine Arts | Music
Theatre | VCD

Spring 2017 Exhibition - Allen Co. Library
BFA Visual Communication and Design
BS Interior Design      
Artists' Reception - April 21


Fall 2016 BFA Students Exhibit at WunderKammer Gallery

Crop It Like Its Hot Fall 2016
For information call the Department of Visual Communication and Design at 260-481-6709 or visit


VCD Alumna Brooke Francesi Explores Temporal Typography in Published MFA Book

VCD alumna Brooke Francesi (Class of 2009) has published Temporal Typography, a book on her MFA thesis completed at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Brooke describes temporal typography as the category of typography that escapes purely static or purely kinetic formal content. She states, “Unlike static typography, these forms are not bound by one iteration within a singular viewing experience. Similar to kinetic type, temporal typography carries the stamp of time but is not relegated movement or time-based media. Temporal letterforms have the ability to manifest themselves in both static and kinetic ways, as well as physical and digital ways, and therefore cannot be evaluated by the same functional factors of traditional typography: legibility and readability. Viewership and perception are elevated, and formal and experiential conditions are re-prioritized as the forms transition from one state to the next.”
Commenting on Brooke’s success, VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West, who mentored her on her best-in-show BFA thesis project at IPFW, says, “Brooke’s exploration of temporality is a logical progression of ‘letterforms as physical structures in dynamic interrelationships’ she investigated under my tutelage. Her nimble disposition, intellectual curiosity, and capacity for sophisticated design thinking were sure to locate her on the frontlines of new directions in design studies.” Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi is available at

Brooke Francesi Temporal Typography presentaion
Brooke Francesi discussing her work at CCA in San Francisco.

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography
Page spreads from Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi

Department of Visual Communication and Design Receives NASAD Accreditation

The College of Visual and Performing Arts has reached a milestone moment, having received notification in November of their first ever associate level membership accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Now all of the departments in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are fully accredited by their respective national organizations, continuing to offer students the same academic rigor and artistic opportunities available at more than 300 accredited colleges and universities across the nation.

The IPFW NASAD steering committee was responsible for preparing a 300-page self-study and hundreds of examples of student work for review. The self-study and site visit resulted in full accreditation through 2020.

The driving forces behind this effort are VPA Dean John O’Connell; John Hrehov, chair of Fine Arts; Haig David-West, chair of Visual Communication and Design (VCD); Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design and coordinator of the Interior Design Program, and the faculty and staff in the Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design.

The following programs have been accredited by NASAD:

Bachelor of Arts – 4 years: Fine Art, Art Education

Bachelor of Science – 4 years: Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts – 4 years: Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture); Visual Communication and Design (Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography)