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 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.