Visual communication

Who might be interested

Student poses against backdrop holding a camera.Students who are curious and want to know how the world works, who like to tell stories visually by taking photographs, shooting video, designing brands, data visualizations, websites, or promotional materials, who care about making things better, and like to do something new every day.

What you will learn/do

  • How to effectively create and develop relevant visual journalism, produce human-centered media design, visualize data, code for front end web design and interactive projects, and create visually compelling social media campaigns.
  • Students learn to understand audience in developing visual solutions, including design, photography, video, virtual and augmented reality for the purposes of media and storytelling.

Internships & practicums

Students have interned for Stan Can Design, Noble Studios, Abby Agency and Laxalt & McIver.

Future careers

Visual communication designer, information designer, interactive producer, web designer, photographer, product designer, video producer, videographer

What you'll study

  • Courses (12-18 credits)
    1. Required courses (6 credits)
      • JOUR 300 - Visual Communications
      • JOUR 318 - Narrative: The Art of Storytelling
    2. Recommended courses - choose two to four (6-12 credits)
      • JOUR 303 - Media Graphics
      • JOUR 308 - Web Design for Social Engagement: History and Contemporary Issues
      • JOUR 312 - Web Video for Social Engagement
      • JOUR 313 - Photojournalism
      • JOUR 314 - Media Motion Graphics
      • JOUR 354 - Game Design for Journalists
      • JOUR 416 - Reynolds Media Lab Practicum
      • JOUR 416 - Student Design Agency
      • JOUR 448 - Data Visualization for Social Engagement
      • JOUR 452 - Web Design for Media Professionals
      • JOUR 455 - Human Centered Design and Innovation
      • JOUR 460 - News Studio
      • JOUR 462 - Documentary Filmmaking
      • JOUR 490 - Advanced Photojournalism
      • JOUR 490 - Why do plants go to space?
      • JOUR 490 - Style and design
      • JOUR 490 - Lighting and Camera Studio
  • Recommended minors / double majors
    • Cinema and media studies
    • Communication studies
    • Digital arts
    • Digital humanities
    • Graphic design
    • History
    • Geography
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Psychology
    • Time-Based Media/Videography

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Meet emphasis faculty

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Kari Barber
Kari Barber
Graduate Director and Associate Professor of Electronic Media She, her
(775) 784-1791
RSJ 103D
2427 News, broadcast, documentary, media studies, visual communication, documentary film, reporting, faculty, journalism, graduate students
Visual communication News, broadcast, documentary, media studies, visual communication, documentary film, reporting, Reynolds Media Lab, journalism, faculty
Nico Colombant
Nico Colombant
Lecturer of Digital Media and Cross-Cultural Reporting
(775) 784-4101
RSJ 103B
2427 News, broadcast, documentary, media studies, visual communication, documentary film, reporting, Reynolds Media Lab, journalism, faculty
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, advertising, public relations, media studies, visual communication, graduate students, Center for Advanced Media Studies
Laura Crosswell
Laura Crosswell
Assistant Professor of Health Communication
(775) 784-4191
RSJ 103C
2427 Journalism, faculty, advertising, public relations, media studies, visual communication, graduate students, Center for Advanced Media Studies
Visual communication Visual communication, faculty, journalism
Ran Duan
Ran Duan
Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication She, her
(775) 682-9404
RSJ 206
2427 Visual communication, faculty, journalism
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, visual communication, virtual reality
Howard Goldbaum
Howard Goldbaum
Associate Professor of Immersive Media
RSJ 211
2427 Journalism, faculty, visual communication, virtual reality
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, visual communication
Katherine Hepworth
Katherine Hepworth
Associate Professor of Visual Journalism
RSJ
2427 Journalism, faculty, visual communication
Visual communication journalism, visual communication, faculty, science, Hitchcock Project, news, documentary, broadcasting, podcasting
Kathleen Masterson
Kathleen Masterson
Reynolds Professor of Science Communication
(775) 682-6500
RSJ 103E
2427 journalism, visual communication, faculty, science, Hitchcock Project, news, documentary, broadcasting, podcasting
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, news, broadcast, documentary, Spanish language news, media studies, podcasting, reporting
Paromita Pain
Paromita Pain
Assistant Professor of Global Media She, her
(775) 682-9403
RSJ 215C
2427 Journalism, faculty, news, broadcast, documentary, Spanish language news, media studies, podcasting, reporting
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, advertising, documentary, media studies, visual communication, race and media
Myrton Running Wolf
Myrton Running Wolf
Assistant Professor of Race and Media Photo credit: Pamela Peters
(775) 784-4187
RSJ 215B
2427 Journalism, faculty, advertising, documentary, media studies, visual communication, race and media
Visual communication Journalism, faculty, visual communication
Amber Walsh
Amber Walsh
Lecturer of Visual Communication She, her
(775) 327-5023
RSJ 204
2427 Journalism, faculty, visual communication