At a Glance
- Our faculty are all practitioners in the fields they teach, bringing real-world insight and knowledge to the classroom.
- Students experience small classes, receive personal academic guidance from a faculty advisor in their field, and engage in an intensive series of portfolio and senior capstone courses that allow students to tailor their studies to their individual career goals.
- Students follow a rigorous creative process and current “best practices” to prepare them for the visual problem-solving of a professional career. Students develop multi-format portfolio during their senior year that are well-received by creative directors and hiring supervisors.
State-of-the-art facilities include several large labs running the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite and other animation and design programs, onsite tech support, and a range of printers and other finishing tools and equipment.
In recent years, demand for skilled employees in the creative professions has risen dramatically. As technology develops and its potential applications in the workplace increase, the need for Visual Communications graduates continues to grow. The Visual Communications program has a proven record of producing graduates ready to meet this ever-evolving demand.
If you are looking for a major that will prepare you for professional success in a creative field, Visual Communications at Cazenovia College is the place for you. The program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts and offers concentrations in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, and Web/Interactive Design. Student may wish to pursue more than one concentration within the program.
The Illustration/Animation concentration prepares students to create applied imagery; art that visually communicates a message or a story to an audience. Students in this concentration will draw and paint using traditional as well as digital media to create literal or conceptual visuals for documentation, reference or instruction; commentary; storytelling; persuasion; and identity. Students will also learn how to create sequential imagery for moving images, animation, TV motion graphics, comic books, graphic novels, narrative fiction and non-fiction for young audiences, as well as still images for advertising, packaging, magazines and any print and digital media. Instruction is geared toward preparing students to enter a growing and varied job market as a freelance cartoon or commercial illustrator, cartoonist, or staff commercial illustrator.