Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Visual Communications

An online bachelor’s degree in visual communications may provide students with skills on how to create graphic content. In these four-year programs, students may study commercial art and design and learn how to integrate the two areas of study. Coursework within these programs may include general education courses along with major-specific classes, such as advanced illustration, digital color theory, and drawing concepts.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment or further their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program. Graduates of bachelor’s-level programs may find employment opportunities in graphic design, image editing, and print production.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within a bachelor’s degree program in visual communications combines general education courses in with those specific to the visual communications major. Within these programs, students may utilize industry-relevant software programs to prepare them for a career in media or print. Core visual communications courses may include the following:

  • Advanced Illustration
  • Image Editing
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Drawing Concepts

Career Options

Graduates of baccalaureate-level programs in visual communications may find employment opportunities in graphic design, print production, image editing, and set design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for graphic designers are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Animator
  • Printing Worker

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online bachelor’s degree program in visual communications may opt to further their education with a graduate-level degree program. These upper-level programs may provide students with additional skills and training in communication and graphic design. Employers may prefer to hire individuals who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree and possess a strong portfolio.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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