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Bachelor of Science in Technology (B.S.T)

Visual Communication Technology

The visual communication technology (VCT) bachelor's degree at BGSU – an innovative program for students interested in visual media – is one of the most unique programs in the country. Our educational approach is progressive and successful. We have thousands of graduates in diverse positions across the country.

The world communicates visually. As emerging media – including augmented and virtual reality – enter the mainstream, visual communication technology students are poised to command a field that is well rewarded and fun to work in.

You will learn creative and technical problem-solving across all the disciplines of visual media – digital, photography, video, print and interactive media. The ability to focus on the message and deliver it in any medium is a valuable skill.

All VCT students complete two paid co-op experiences that often lead to full-time jobs.

Why study visual communication technology at BGSU in Ohio?

  • Two paid co-ops. Earn money while developing your professional skills and resume. The semester-long co-ops extend the classroom experience. Many VCT majors find full-time employment after graduation through their co-op employers.
  • Accreditation. The visual communication technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • Strong faculty connections. The VCT program has a unique faculty-student dynamic. Our faculty – experts in their fields – provide personal guidance and support during your academic career at BGSU and beyond. They teach courses and serve as mentors and co-op supervisors.
  • Visual Communication Technology Organization. Make connections you just can't make in the classroom. In this active student organization, you can learn, make friends and network with peers and professionals.

Career - what can you do with a visual communication technology degree?

Because you gain skills across many areas of visual media, career opportunities are vast. Our graduates find positions in web development, project management, photography, social media management, packaging, design, print, marketing and videography.

Many students secure their first jobs with one of their co-op employers or through company networking.

Career paths

  • UX/UI designer
  • Interactive media producer
  • Project manager
  • Visual content manager
  • Corporate communication specialist
  • Brand manager
  • Videographer
  • Structural/graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Video producer/director
  • Print and production coordinator
  • Marketing/social media manager
  • Web development specialist

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All visual communication technology students complete introductory coursework in print, design, photography, video and interactive multimedia. Students then work with their mentors to choose a career track in one or two of the visual media areas. Some students choose a minor in areas such as marketing or entrepreneurship.

Students are required to complete two semester-long, paid co-ops.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Introduction to VCT
  • Problem Solving in Visual Media
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Introduction to AR/VR
  • Exhibit/Display Technology
  • User Experience, UX
  • Digital Print Media
  • Cross-Media Convergence
  • Web and Mobile Interactivity

Updated: 04/22/2024 02:08PM