Students pursuing a BFA in either Graphic Design or Photography in the Visual Communications program develop aesthetic sensibilities through research, critical thinking and visual problem-solving.
In Graphic Design, students obtain a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques in print design, typography, photo imaging and manipulation, interactive media, 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 enhance 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, 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. Opportunities also exist to study design and photography abroad at formally affiliated schools in Florence and Madrid, as well as through personally-tailored independent studies.
Computers and the Department of Visual Communications
Endicott College requires all incoming students to bring to campus a laptop that meets the specifications of their respective majors. The Visual Communications Department requires Graphic Design and Photography students to purchase 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 Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.