The visual communication 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 communication 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.
Students are required to take 21 hours chosen from an approved list of courses, some of which satisfy general curriculum requirements. Courses are chosen from a minimum of three academic departments and 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.