Visual Communivcation Design (VCD) Study Program, School of Creative Industries-Telkom University, which is formed in the unification of higher schools managed by Telkom Education Foundation, is a merger of two institutions, namely Visual Communication Design at Telkom Institute of Management (DKV Institut Management Telkom/IM Telkom) and Visual Communication Design at Telkom Institute of Indonesia Art and Design (DKV Sekolah Tinggi Seni dan Desain Indonesia Telkom/ STISI Telkom).
DKV IM Telkom was one of the study programs managed by Telkom Institute of Management (IM Telkom). The higher school started its role in 1990 named Master in Business Administration (MBA Bandung) which was the pioneer of Master in Business Administration program in West Java. In 1992, MBA Bandung managed to be one of the best seven business schools in the version of SWA magazine, besides IPPM, IPMI, Prasetya Mulya, UI, dan ITB.
MBA-Bandung in 1994 changed its name to Bandung Institute of Management (Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Bandung/ STMB). STMB transformed the MBA program to Magister Manajemen (MM) program. STMB increasingly enhance its numbers of MM programs, became MM Regular program, MM Executive, and MM Cooperative Education. In the first accreditation held by the government, MM STMB program was accredited A.
STMB progressively took part in the world of higher education. In 1997, it organized undergraduate program (S-1/sarjana) with Telecomunication and Information Business Management (Manajemen Bisnis Telekomunikasi dan Informatika/ MBTI). Public interest in this study program gradually increased along with the high numbers of STMB alumni hired by the industries. In 2002, this study program gained A for its accreditation grade.
In order to give a stronger identity on telecommunication business management discipline, in 2004, STMB transformed its name to Untuk memberikan identitas yang lebih kuat pada bidang keilmuan manajemen bisnis telekomunikasi, pada tahun 2004 STMB kemudian berubah nama menjadi Telkom Institute of Business management (Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Bisnis Telkom/ STMB Telkom). The convincing existence of STMB Telkom had encouraged the next transformation of STMB Telkom to Telkom Institute of Management (IM Telkom) in 2008. The transformation was followed with the development of campus facility. Lectures which were previously conducted in Telkom Training Center on Jalan Gegerkalong Hilir, were expanded with the campus on Jalan Setiabudi. This transformation was also indicated with the expansion of study programs held by IM Telkom. Those new study programs are: S-1 Communication Studies, S-1 Accounting, S-1 Business Administration, D-3 Marketing dan S-1 Visual Communication Design. Since 2010 all the lecture activities of IM Telkom have been moved to BT-Plex campus, merging with the other institutes managed by Telkom Education Foundation, namely IT Telkom dan Politeknik Telkom.
DKV IM Telkom supported by its founders’ visionary thinking believed that design as a discipline in the future could not stand alone. Collaboration with other disciplines, including management was a necessity. It was considered strengthening the scope of discipline and implementation in the society. In its curriculum, DKV IM Telkom collaborated the information technology, communication, management, entrepreneurship and creative visual media. The curriculum structure consists of 55% DKV discipline, 10% Management, 15% Information and Communication Technologies, 20% basic dan supporting subjects.
In the merging process of Telkom University in 2013, IM Telkom was transformed to be the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) or Telkom Economics and Business School (TEBS). Meanwhile the Visual Communication Design study program merged with the similar study program in the Faculty of Creative industries (Fakultas Industri Kreatif /FIK).
STISI Telkom was a transformation from STISI Bandung founded in 2 September 1990, managed by Yayasan Pendidikan Mandiri Indonesia. At the beginning of its establishment, STISI Bandung held three study programs, namely S1 Visual Communication Design, S1 Textile Craft and Fashion, and S1 Interior Design. In 1991 a new study program, S1 Product Design, was added, and S1 Visual Art in 1995.
STISI Bandung was a pioneer in Art and Design education with the most complete study programs. The institution graduated skilled experts at art and design with a broader horizon in addition to enhancing entrepreneurship potential in order to welcome the challenges in creative industries worldwide.
Since its founding in 1990, STISI Bandung has cultivated more than 1,200 outstanding artists and designers from five undergraduate study programs offering two bachelor’s degrees (regular program); Visual Communication Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Craft Textile and Fashion Design (Bachelor of Design/Sarjana Desain (S.Ds)) and Fine Art particularly in Painting and Sculpture (Bachelor of Art/ Sarjana Seni(S.Sn)). Through their various portfolios of work used by many industry sectors, the graduates have contributed to the development of Indonesian creative industries. In 2010 STISI Bandung merged with Telkom Education Foundation and its name became STISI Telkom.
Based on its tagline, “Empowering You to Become Creativepreneur”, STISI TELKOM’s curriculum was designed not only to prepare the students to work in creative industries but also to support them to be creative entrepreneurs. The students were stimulated to have a powerful skill in the field of art and design (both manual and computerized), with concentrating on quarrying the Indonesia’s natural and cultural capital.
In the merger process of Telkom University in 2013, STISI Telkom was transformed to the Fakulty of Creative Industries (Fakultas Industri Kreatif/FIK) or Telkom Creative Industries School (TCIS). Afterward, in 2014 it changed to School of Creative Industries (SCI). The Visual Communication Design itself have been divided into four concentrations, namely Graphic design, Advertising, Multimedia and Design Management.