Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications program develop aesthetic sensibilities through research, critical thinking and visual problem-solving.
Visual Communications students may elect to work in either Graphic Design or Photography, or an interdisciplinary combination. In Graphic Design, students obtain a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques in print design, typography, photo imaging and manipulation, interactive media and animation, web design, and video graphics. In Photography, the focus includes expressive and experimental studies as well as practical studio work in digital media.
Endicott’s liberal arts philosophy of education frames the Visual Communications curriculum to provide a broad understanding of historical, cultural and social issues that deepen a student’s professional studies. As such, the Visual Communications program is part of a holistic education that balances the professional major with coursework in the humanities, literature, science and mathematics, and the social sciences. Students learn the impact of communication design and images in a global environment along with skills needed to succeed in their respective fields.
Through Endicott’s internship program, Visual Communications students supplement their classroom experience with focused, professional, hands-on training in their chosen field. Recent Graphic Design and Photography internship sites include:
Avid Technology, Inc.
Deos Animation Studios
Peabody Essex Museum
Sky World Interactive
Andrew Swaine Studio
Jason Grow Photography
Russ Quackenbush Photography
Sean Henry Photography
Opportunities also exist to study design and photography abroad at formally affiliated schools in Florence, Madrid, and Mexico City, as well as through personally-tailored independent studies.
Computers and the Department of Visual Communications
Visual Communication students are encouraged to provide their own Apple laptop computers; specifications are available from the Department of Visual Communications or Information Technology’s Student Computer Guide to Hardware/Software Recommendations. Personal laptops supplement the two Mac labs in the new Center for the Arts, which opened in December 2008.