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Periodically the UW Design Division conducts a survey of our alumni from the programs of Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design. The 2008–2013 survey of B. Design alumni from Visual Communication Design was conducted online and received a 97% response rate (119 out of 123 graduates). If we were unable to contact you, please get in touch—we would love to include your data. 

UW VCD Student Statistics

Graduating Class Size

Over the past six years, the average size of the graduating class in Visual Communication Design has been 21 students. The gray bars indicate student attrition.

Race and Ethnicity

Nearly half of all VCD majors are Caucasian; one third are Asian. Other ethnicities account for the remaining 14% of students.

Gender Ratio

The percentage of women in the VCD major has steadily increased over the past six years.

Average Age at Graduation

The average age of graduating majors in Visual Communication Design is 23. This average has remained relatively constant over the past six years.

UW VCD Alumni Statistics

Initial Employment
After Graduation

After graduation, 94% of all Visual Communication Design majors are employed in the design field. An additional 3% are employed in design-related fields.

Use of Placement Agencies

The percentage of VCD alumni working with design employment agencies has steadily declined over time.

Time Until Initial Employment

The majority (64%) of VCD alumni find employment within one month after graduation. Half of all students secured employment during their senior year, before graduation.

Current Alumni Employment

Of 123 VCD alumni surveyed, 95% (119) are currently employed in the field of design (three alumni are unemployed, and four could not be contacted).

Employment Types

Design employment is divided between corporations/non-profit organizations (50%), design/advertising/marketing studios (32%) and self-employment/freelance (11%).

Current Alumni Employment

Of 123 VCD alumni surveyed, 95% (119) are currently employed in the field of design (three alumni are unemployed, and four could not be contacted).

Employment Types

Design employment is divided between corporations/non-profit organizations (50%), design/advertising/marketing studios (32%) and self-employment/freelance (11%).

Visual Communication Employers

The following is a list of organizations that have employed VCD graduates.


2x4
4th Avenue Media
72andSunny
Adena Studios
Aditi Technologies
Admit Lighthouse
Airbnb
Along Came the Fold
Amazon
Artsy
Artefact Group
BCRA
Becker & Mayer
Bethel Church
Boeing
BuzzLabs
Caudalie
Citizen Group
Cognition Studio
Cozi
Creative Circle
Creative Retail Packaging
Dapper + Associates
DEI Creative
Design Imports
Digital Kitchen
Dolce Vita Footwear
Doremus
Dropbox
EDX
Everlane
Expedia
Facebook
Fat Cork
FILTER
Flipboard
Foodista
Frog Design
Giovanni Bianco (Studio 65)
Goodby Silverstein and Partners
Google
Hacker Agency

Henry Art Gallery
HoneyBook
Hornall Anderson Design
HTC
IBM Design
IDEO
ImagiCorps
Incite Partners
Indigo Slate
iSoftStone
Jackson Fish Market
JOLT Labs
Kiewit
Land of Nod
Landor Associates
Landscape
Limeade
Lippincott
Make a Wish Foundation
MAQ Consulting
Marketing Puget Sound
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Matisse Properties
Maura Feingold
McSweeney's Publishing
Method, Inc.
Methodologie
Microsoft
Mint Design Inc.
Moz
NBBJ
Nike
Nordstrom
Oglivy PR
PaperG
Pentagram
Places
Platform, Inc.
Possible
Push Design
Ralph Lauren

Readz
Resultrix
RMB Vivid
Rock Paper Sketch
Run Studios
SagaCity Media, Inc.
Schema Design
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Seattle OBGYN
Seattle Public Schools
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Smart Design
Starbucks Corporate
Storehouse
Stratos Product Development
Studio SC
Subsplash
T.D. Wang Advertisting Group
Teague
Tectonic
Tether, Inc.
The City Church
The Fund Lab
The Line
The Marketability Group
The Pokemon Company International
Touch Worldwide
True Fabrications
University of Washington
Upthere
Urbanspoon
UW Athletics
Vectorform
VSA partners
WD Partners
Wexley School For Girls
Whitespace
Wieden+Kennedy
Xxtralab
Yahoo!

Disciplinary Focus

The majority of VCD graduates work as visual communication designers. However, the number of alumni working in interaction design has been steadily increasing over time. Gray denotes non-design disciplines.

Location Before and After Graduation

The majority (79%=94/119) of VCD students come from in-state (Washington). After graduation, most alumni (60%=71/119) remain in Washington, with 44% staying in Seattle. The largest groups of out-of-state alumni are in California (21%, primarily in San Francisco and Los Angeles) and New York City (9%).