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

Students must complete 39 units of journalism courses for the major and 120 units overall to graduate. Find details below about completing your journalism courses with a visual communication emphasis. View all required courses on our bachelor's degree of journalism page.

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Meet emphasis faculty

Visual communication News, broadcast, documentary, media studies, visual communication, documentary film, reporting, faculty, journalism, graduate students
Kari Barber
Kari Barber
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
Director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies and Associate 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 204
2427 Visual communication, faculty, journalism
Visual communication journalism, visual communication, faculty, science, Hitchcock Project, news, documentary, broadcasting, podcasting
Kathleen Masterson
Kathleen Masterson
Reynolds Associate Professor of Practice in 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
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
Teaching Assistant Professor of Visual Communication She, her
(775) 327-5023
RSJ 205
2427 Journalism, faculty, visual communication