Why Earn a Certificate in Visual Communication and Design at Madonna University?

The Visual Communication and Design Certificate offers an introduction to creative forms of coordinated visual communication using technology. Coursework choices in graphic design, foundational fine art, photography and writing support students in creating visually effective documents using multiple media strategies.

This certificate program may be used to strengthen current communication design knowledge, as well as develop new abilities that expand your design skillset.

Students in this certificate program:

  • learn in a personalized environment, with individualized instruction
  • are taught by working professionals, ensuring up to date instruction
  • are assigned real world projects that produce professional looking work samples
  • receive internship and student employment opportunities

The Visual Communication and Design program begins with introductory courses in graphic design and computer art. Students then choose writing, journalism, photography or art and design courses that support their specific visual communication interests.

Guest professionals share information and connect students to internship and work opportunities. Hands-on, real world projects are often made available, for which students compete to work with actual clients. Students are frequently offered freelance projects that build experiences with clients that enhance their professional resumes.

Careers that could be enhanced with Certificate   Enhanced or New Skills
Small Business Owner   Create visual branding, communication pieces and marketing materials in-house
Secretary or Office Manager   Create professional quality in-house communication pieces and marketing materials
Teacher   Expand technological and visual skills for creating printed materials
Teacher’s Assistant/Parapro   Create professional quality communication pieces and marketing materials
Communications Professional   Offer creative visual skills in design or photography for enhancing editorial content
Journalist   Offer creative visual skills in design or photography for enhancing editorial content
Writer   Create professional quality communication pieces and marketing materials
Marketing Professional   Create professional quality communication pieces, signage and marketing materials
Event Planner   Ability to create professional quality communications and marketing materials
Independent Artist   Create specialized communication pieces, signage and marketing materials
Public Relations Professional   Create in-house communication pieces and marketing materials

Lori GattLori Gatt, Class of 2015

The classes I took towards the Visual Arts and Communication Certificate were invaluable to jumpstarting my sewing business. The most important outcome of the courses was building my confidence to move forward. Although I always thought I was creative and thought outside the box, there was room for more outside thinking, and the courses challenged me to do just that. Besides grounding my ideas and moving those ideas into concrete outcomes, where customers now benefit from these processes, the courses were enjoyable, the instructors knowledgeable, caring, and pleasant.