Visual Communication

David Moncrief
Applied Professor of Communication and Film Studies

Advisory Board
David Cook, Theatre
M. Teresa Valero, Art

The visual studies certificate program is designed to give more concentrated formal academic attention to the major changes associated with ongoing developments in visual communication, which includes graphic design, desktop publishing, photographic communication (film and video), and their underlying technologies. The visual studies certificate program provides students with the opportunity to learn the history and ideas related to visual communication and to learn and experience the techniques of visual communication.

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to take 21 hours to be chosen from an approved list of courses, some of which satisfy general curriculum requirements. Courses are to be chosen from a minimum of three academic departments and are to include a minimum of 12 hours at the 3000 and 4000 level. The program serves traditional and non-traditional students. Students majoring in art, communication, philosophy, or theatre must work closely with the program coordinator to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum number of hours in the major.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • Art 2053, Icons and Images: The Visual Dialogue
  • Art 3243, Graphic Communication I
  • Com 3483, Principles of Visual Communication

Electives (12 hours)

  • Art 2153, Photography I
  • Art 3253, Graphic Communication II
  • Art 3273, Typography and Graphic Production
  • Art 3343, Illustration: Photoshop
  • Art 4152, Photography Studio
  • Com 2023, Documentary Expression in Film and Video
  • Com 3473, Video Production I: Studio
  • Com 3573, Video Production II: On Location
  • Com 4863, Web Design
  • CpLt 2043, Back to the Present: Part I, American Culture on Film
  • Engl 3053, Literature and Film
  • Phil 4053, Aesthetics
  • Thea 3523, Scene Design: Background and Practice
  • Thea 4333, Directing