Minor in Visual Communication Design

In a world where technology continually advances and information is shared at an exponential rate, a successful message is one that not only is clear and effective for its target audience, but also stands out from the rest in a visually appealing way. As a result, there is an increasing need for our graduates to be trained as effective communicators who are fluent in visual design and digital technology.  Furthermore, the ability to produce messages that are visually effective and shared digitally through social media is a skill that is in high demand, as evidenced by the increasing number of job openings in the field.

While St. Mary's offers various courses in fine arts and media communication that provide some training in this area, a unified approach presented through a formal curriculum does not exist.  Therefore, an 18-credit hour minor in Visual Communication Design is proposed to address this need. Existing classes that already are offered in Fine Arts and English-Communication Arts, plus a new capstone course in Visual Communication Design, comprise the curriculum.

This minor in Visual Communication Design can complement virtually any major at St. Mary's and, in particular, will enhance the marketability of graduates from degrees humanities, social sciences, business and arts.

Requirements for minor:
AR 1312Color Theory3
AR 3392Photography3
CM 3360Media Production I3
CM 4362Graphic Design3
CM 4300Capstone in Visual Comm Desg3
Select one of the following:3
Drawing I
Design fundamentals
History of Art: Renaissance to Present
Media Production II
Visual Communication Design
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Total Semester Hours18