The Visual Media Technology program is part of BGSU Firelands.   

  • Bachelors Available
  • Available at Firelands Campus
  • Bachelors Available
  • Available at Firelands Campus

Visual Media Technology

Visual Media Technology is an innovative program for students who are interested in creative and technical problem solving. Students are trained in print, photography, video and interactive media to solve visual communication problems.

  • Setting: Full-time, part-time, in-person 
  • Prerequisites required: Yes
  • Adjectives for a successful student: creative, visual, active learner

Students become media-agile, allowing them to be able to select the most appropriate media for the problem at hand. With solid theoretical and technical preparation and study in each of these areas, the major is complemented by a core of business and liberal arts classes, which differentiates BGSU’s program from most others of its kind. Classes are composed of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab. Students use lab time to apply the knowledge learned in lecture.

The Visual Media Technology program was designed to allow a graduate to easily pursue a bachelor’s degree if desired. This program leads to the Visual Communication Technology program (offered on the BG campus) and the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies at BGSU Firelands, including others.

Potential Jobs for Graduates

  • Web designer
  • Videographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Video producer/editor
  • Print & production coordinator
  • Print graphic specialist
  • Content creator
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Social media director
  • Communications manager
  • And many more

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the associate degree, students in the Visual Media Technology major are expected to:

  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills as they relate to solving visual problems;
  • Conceptualize and implement a visual 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 problem;
  • Apply knowledge of industrial applications to visual communication related technologies.

Headshot of Karen Balck 

Karen Black

Program director, Associate teaching professor


Message from the faculty: This program has small class sizes. This allows for one-on-one instruction and really getting to know each student. Helping them grow throughout their tenure at BGSU Firelands and beyond is one of my greatest joys and I’m thrilled to play a role in it. Additionally, students with this degree are in-demand wherever they go. Graduates find jobs working in small businesses to large enterprises in every industry. Since there are so many different types of opportunities for them, they are taught with a strong foundation that allows the ability to adapt to new and emerging technologies, diverse environments, and different industries.

Updated: 12/13/2022 11:19AM