Renée Stevens, Chair
Department of Visual Communications
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-3367
Rafael Concepcion, Seth Gitner, Ken Harper, Gregory Heisler, Paula Nelson, Milton Santiago, Hal Silverman, Michael Snyder, Renée Stevens, Bruce Strong, Claudia Strong, Jason Webb
The Visual Communications program offers four tracks: Cinematography, Commercial & Advertising Photography, Design, and Editorial Photography & Photojournalism. Students are encouraged to let their passions drive their focus and academic path, and the program is created to support and foster the individuality of its students and their unique voices and vision. Collaboration with students from various programs across departments is highly encouraged. Students also study entrepreneurship, business, communications law and ethics, as well as develop relevant skills in writing, and presentation.
The Cinematography track focuses on lighting, lensing, composition, movement, crew management, color science, and photochemistry. Cinematic storytelling expands beyond motion picture and television production allowing the same skills associated with narrative cinematography to cross pollinate with other forms of visual storytelling such as documentary, branded content, industrial films, commercial advertising, music video, journalism, animation, social media, augmented reality, virtual reality, game design, and livestreaming.
Commercial & Advertising Photography
The Commercial & Advertising Photography track covers the areas of advertising, commercial, fashion, portraiture, and illustration photography for print and digital publications. Courses cover lighting, concept, editing and sequencing as well as project management, critique and communication using visual language.
The design track emphasizes problem-solving, storytelling, design thinking, and a human-centered approach to design. This focus allows students to create smart, compelling, innovative solutions in print and pixels, including UI/UX, augmented reality, virtual reality, brand systems, product design, 2D and 3D design, and motion design.
Editorial Photography & Photojournalism
The Editorial Photography & Photojournalism track focuses on documentary storytelling and visual journalism across all genres and focuses on building foundational technical and creative skill sets. Additional courses include lighting; editing and sequencing; project management, building visual narratives; and critique and communication using visual language.