Visual Communication Technology
The Visual Communication Technology (VCT) program is an innovative program for students who are interested in both creative and technical problem solving utilizing the disciplines of print, photography, video and interactive media.
Since 1973, VCT's approach to educating students about visual media is unique, relevant and successful. Students utilize their knowledge and skills in visual cross-media to create any messaging an organization or company needs to be successful.
Quality classroom experiences
Students experience evolving visual media technology and learn about leading-edge cross-media applications. We offer a combination of classroom-based theory and hands-on practice in contemporary labs, plus the opportunity to work with faculty who have significant experience to share. This applied program incorporates cooperative education experiences that enable students to utilize their learning in a real-world setting.
Stand Out in courses like
- Introduction to VCT
- Problem Solving in Visual Media
- Video Production
- Introduction to AR/VR
- User Experience, UX
All VCT students complete introductory coursework in print, photography, video and interactive multimedia. Then a student chooses a career track, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, in one or two the visual media areas for more advanced concepts and applications. Some students consider choosing a minor in areas such as marketing or entrepreneurship.
Program facilities feature a state-of-the-art packaging and display lab, photo and video studios, interactive media labs, AR/VR lab, and a large media collaboration space.
Co-ops and Careers
VCT majors complete three cooperative education work experiences as part of their degree, providing the equivalent of one full year of work experience prior to graduation. These semester-long, paid co-ops help our students earn money while developing their professional skills. Many students secure their first permanent job with one of their co-op employers or through company networking.
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$34,505* — BGSU Visual Communication Technology graduates average starting salary
97% of Visual Communication Technology graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
GO FAR in your career
- UX/UI Designer
- Interactive Media Producer
- Project Manager
- Structural/Graphic Designer
- Studio/Digital Photographer
- Video Producer/Director
- Print & Production Coordinator
- Print Graphic Specialist
- Marketing/Social Media Director
- Commercial Photographer
- Web Development Specialist
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Visual Communication Technology major are expected to:
- Demonstrate critical-thinking skills as they relate to solving visual technology problems;
- Conceptualize and implement a visual technology solution in several media modes;
- Demonstrate operational level skill ability in each of the visual media areas of VCT;
- Research and produce an organized written rationale for using a specific medium to solve a specific visual technology problem;
- Apply knowledge of industrial applications to visual communication related technologies.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Visual Communication Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and is in good standing.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Visual Communication Technology program does not lead to professional licensure.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Visual Communication Technology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact email@example.com.