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Art: Visual Communication

Art: Visual Communication

What is Visual Communication?

The Visual Communication program examines and exposes students to the multiple facets of visual communication and design culture. Students study visual language, form, syntax, and typography.  They learn how these design components translate to applications of information and systems design, time-based, and interactive mediums.  As young designers, students in Visual Communication utilize the most current forms of technology for the generation, development, and execution of their work. These are tools that will be used both academically and professionally.

student working on visual effects

Am I required to present a portfolio?

All art majors are initially admitted under the Bachelor of Arts in Art degree.  Upon completion of Core I and Core II, students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Communication degree via a portfolio review.

So, what's my degree?

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Communication.

Do my interests fit?

Visual communication students typically have interests in:

  • Visual Studies
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Architecture
  • Brand Culture
  • Graphic Design

Advanced and preparatory study of art, media, and design technology will be beneficial to students considering a career track in design and planning to enter this program.

Wait, I can have a minor?

Visual communication students may want to explore minors in:

How can I study abroad?

  • OU in Arezzo offers great opportunities for students to study art while abroad.
  • Students can also participate in one of OU’s other Summer Study Abroad programs to earn general education course credit.

For more information visit College of International Studies!

What kind of career could I pursue?

  • Design firms
  • Advertising firms
  • Architecture firms
  • Multimedia firms
  • Interactive firms
  • Non-Profit organizations

What is the Lightwell Gallery?

The Lightwell Gallery is located in the central atrium of the OU School of Visual Arts. It’s a large space, with an uninterrupted footprint and a sky-lit ceiling providing visibility from studios, offices, and hallways from one and two stories above the gallery floor.
The mission of the Lightwell Gallery is to contribute significantly to the academic function of the school and to provide and enhance educational opportunities for our students. Through invitational and an annual international juried exhibition, the Lightwell also serves as a forum to connect the school, its students, and the larger Norman and Oklahoma City community to a variety of nationally and internationally recognized artists operating around the world today.


Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts The University of Oklahoma

OU School of Visual Arts
Phone: (405) 325-2691