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

Mission, Values and Vision


The Department of Visual Communication and Design exists to educate students and the community in the areas of applied art, design and related technologies.  It offers exceptional professional degree programs that combine creative development in a design discipline with career preparation.


  • The pursuit of knowledge in an environment that encourages free and open inquiry
  • The cultivation of creativity
  • The highest academic, artistic and ethical standards
  • Artistic and scholarly collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary inquiry and scholarship
  • The professional commitment, innovations and accomplishments of faculty and staff
  • Partnership with the community to enhance cultural, creative and intellectual life in the region
  • Diversity


The Department of Visual Communication and Design will be a regionally recognized art/design program, known for its regional impact and:

  • The excellence, value and accessibility of its training programs
  • Its exceptional academic curricula and facilities that foster unique teaching, learning and student environments
  • The scholarly and creative accomplishments of its faculty, students and staff
  • Its contributions to the quality of artistic and creative life of the region


Visual Communication and Design students demonstrate the following:

  • Effective skills in written, oral and multimedia communication while articulating their ideas in appropriate media
  • Visual information literacy skills and quantitative reasoning as a means of gaining written and visual knowledge while drawing reliable conclusions in their chosen discipline
  • Critical thinking and problem solving while also evaluating their ideas and technological competencies
  • Artistic and scholarly collaboration with continuous personal growth to the highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics
  • Knowledge and skills based upon an understanding of historical traditions that formed one’s own and other cultures
  • A commitment to mutual respect through free and open visual inquiry and communication