So, you are going to test out of Basic Communication Arts Software, here’s everything you need to know!


This is not a class.

It is a way to test out of having to take the Basic Communication Arts Software course. Think of it as a placement test, like the one you did for math once upon a time.

There are two parts to this test out.

First you’ll complete a set of three assignments in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, respectively. Second, there is an exam that you’ll take after the review team looks over your visual assignments. More on parts I and II later on.

Do you need to test out before the end of the Fall 2015 semester?

Then email Grace Manno at and she’ll work with you on a case by case basis. OR –

Do you need to test out by the end of the Spring 2016 semester?

Then you should attend one of the two interest meetings coming up on Friday, November 13th, 2015 at both 10:00 am 1:00 pm in room 302. We’ll cover what exactly is required and the strategy for tackling these assignments and test. The assignments will not be due until after the winter break. Be sure to make it out to this interest meeting

Want to know what the software projects are like, or get started on them?

A new folder of assignment materials and instructions will be uploaded soon.

Other Information

If your projects are satisfactory then you will be notified within five business days that you are cleared to take the written exam.

The written portion of the test costs $90, payable by check to the VCU Cashier in Harris Hall. This is a fee to waive the Software class credits, so you do not pay tuition for the class.

Each part of the test out (three assignments and one test) is worth 25% of the total grade.

Software Tutorials

Below are links to the suggested tutorials to prepare for the written portion of the exam:




Email Grace Manno with any questions!