Accelerated B.A. Communication, Visual Communication Emphasis, Design Track

Accelerated BA to MA Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Communication, Visual Communication Emphasis, Design Track Accelerated Criteria 

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor's degree students in Communication, Corporate Communication Emphasis, Advertising Track a "fast-track" option to pursue graduate-level coursework towards the Master in Arts degree during the last two semesters of undergraduate coursework and count up to 9 credits of that coursework towards completion of the bachelor's degree.  For details on application and admission into the Accelerated program, please see (Communication).

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

“P” courses are equivalent to the original course.     

Major Requirements

Visual Communications Core
CMP 1110Media Writing3
CMP 2202Photo, Graphic, and Video Editing3
CMP 2286Visual Rhetoric3
CMP 3339Web Design3
CMP 4403/5503Mass Communication and Society3
Mass Media History, Law, and Ethics
Design Track
CMP 2231Introduction to Graphic Design3
CMP 3336Studio I: Typography and Digital Media3
CMP 3338Studio II: Typography and Print Media3
CMP 4437Illustration and Brand Identity3
CMP 4438Graphic Design Portfolio3
Two of the following from the Photo-Video track.6
History and Appreciation of Photography (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 4)
Introduction to Photography
Television and Video Production
Multiplatform Storytelling
Photo Communication
Lighting for Digital Media
Narrative Video Production
Business Practices for Visual Media
Studio-Based Content Creation
Corporate Video Production
Drawing I
Choose THREE Department Electives9
Complete 9 credits from other course offerings in the CMP curriculum, at least three of which are at the 3000-level or above.
To fulfill the department electives, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to effectively supplement required coursework in visual communication by pursuing courses that cater to their professional interests offered in the department’s other areas, which include public relations, advertising, rhetoric, and social media.
Students in the accelerated BA to MA program can use a total of nine credits of 5000/6000-level graduate coursework from the Communication, Media, & Persuasion Department in any of these three areas:
Upper division Core Courses
Upper division Electives
Upper division Required Track Courses
Total Credits45

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements45
Upper Division Free Electives15
Free Electives23
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP) 

Master of Arts in Communication