Visual communication

Design, photograph and film compelling stories to solve problems and present data.

In-class experience

  • Create visual journalism, human-centered design, data visualization, photography and videography.
  • Learn how to design for websites and social media.
  • Translate ideas from work boards, scripts and brainstorming sessions into visual media.
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Internships/practicums

What you'll learn

  • How to create effective designs
  • How to work with clients and adhere to brand standards
  • How to create visually compelling print and digital campaigns

Where you'll intern

  • Public relations, advertising, design and website agencies
  • Photography and video production houses
  • Corporations, government institutions and nonprofits

Possible careers after graduation

  • Graphic designer
  • Photojournalist, videographer or documentarian
  • Web or UX designer

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
RSJ 103D
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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
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Laura Crosswell
Laura Crosswell
Assistant Professor of Health Communication and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies
(775) 784-4191
RSJ 103C
2427 Journalism, faculty, advertising, public relations, media studies, visual communication, graduate students, Center for Advanced Media Studies
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Ran Duan
Ran Duan
Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication She, her
(775) 682-9404
RSJ 206
2427 Visual communication, faculty, journalism
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Katherine Hepworth
Katherine Hepworth
Associate Professor of Visual Journalism
RSJ
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Kathleen Masterson
Kathleen Masterson
Reynolds Professor of Science Communication
(775) 682-7500
RSJ 103E
2427 journalism, visual communication, faculty, science, Hitchcock Project, news, documentary, broadcasting, podcasting
Visual communication video production, visual communication, news, broadcasting, documentary, television, faculty, immersive media, film
Melissa McClinton
Melissa McClinton
Assistant Professor of Video Production and Immersive Media
(775) 682-7642
RSJ 215A
2427 video production, visual communication, news, broadcasting, documentary, television, faculty, immersive media, film
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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
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Amber Walsh
Amber Walsh
Teaching Assistant Professor of Visual Communication She, her
(775) 327-5023
RSJ 204
2427 Journalism, faculty, visual communication