Media Arts & Visual Communication Studies

Media arts and visual communication explores the complex world of visual media-making, with most classes devoted to creative studio work. The curriculum is a unique program of academic media studies combined with practical creative work.

Our program emphasizes informed and thoughtful development of digital media skills. This includes new forms of creation, distribution, and social engagement outside traditional structures, such as video blogs and digital storytelling. Our state-of-the-art Macintosh Media Arts Lab is both workspace and playground, providing students with the best tools available for exploring their most compelling visual communication ideas.

Where can it take me?

What mass media scholars sometimes call "the public conversation" has never been a more exciting and diverse cultural space! People who have been traditionally shut out of this conversation are finding new ways for their voices to be heard.

Independent cinema, the Internet and interactive media, support for non-profit organizations, alternative political or social speech, media and performance art, documentary from a personal point of view, and storytelling/oral history are just a few areas where students are encouraged to dive in and explore.

 Pre-requisites Courses2
COMM 101 Presentational Speaking 2
 Major Required Courses 20
COMM 205 Intro to Communication Theory 4
COMM 214 Introduction to Mass Media 4
COMM 215 Interpersonal Communication 4
COMM 216 Organizational Communication 4
COMM 417 Seminar in Public Communication 4
 COMM 224 Time, Motion, and Communication 4
 COMM 284 Introduction to Digital Imaging 4

Three courses chosen from:

  • Digital Video I (COMM 228)
  • Digital Video II (COMM 328)
  • Personal Media (COMM 226)
  • Introduction to Web Communication (COMM 232)
  • Media Arts: Advanced Projects (COMM 410)
  • Graphic Design I (ART 245)
  • Art and History of Film (ART 314)
  • Special Topics (COMM 295, 395)
  • Communication Internship (COMM 353)
  • Digital Imaging II (COMM 384)
  • Literary Non-Fiction (WRIT 214)
  • Screenwriting (WRIT 304)

Communication Major with Media Arts & Visual Communication Concentration BA, 40 hours

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