Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design are prepared for a variety of careers. We list the following types of services to illustrate the wide range of possibilities that exist. Please note that the following are not academic majors; rather, they are career paths that Visual Communication Design students may choose to pursue upon graduation.
Draws animated cartoons for use in motion pictures or television. Also, renders series of sequential drawings which become animated.
Provides professional services in research, development, design, construction, alteration, or repair of real estate property such as office buildings and private residences.
Architectural Graphic Designer
Works with architects using type and color to design the graphic symbols that identify buildings. May also design presentation brochures and other materials.
Formulates concepts and supervises workers engaged in making layout designs for artwork or copy to be presented by visual communications such as books or magazines.
Provides a therapeutic service by enabling others to make art. May work in abuse clinics, general hospitals, shelters, and alcohol treatment centers. Helps others to express themselves by making art and may be used as a treatment plan.
Specializes in use of typography to transform a typewritten manuscript into a book balancing type and illustrations on pages.
Has a unique point of view and ability to illustrate in a pen-and-ink technique. May do spot drawings on a freelance basis or by syndicated as a comic-strip artist.
Designs garments, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. Also makes rough and detailed drawings and writes specifications describing the items' factors like color.
Draws or paints illustrations for use by various media to explain printed or spoken words. Studies layouts and sketches of proposed illustrations and determines style, technique, and medium to produce desired effects and conforms with their requirements.
Conducts research and designs authentic costumes depending on scenes. The costumes are worn in plays, the stage, concert, and television.
Designs machinery, systems, processes, and other products for efficient and economical performances. Also, designs industrial machinery and tools used to manufacture goods. Designs, plans, and supervises construction of buildings, highways, and rapid transit systems. Designs consumer products such as automobiles and also does automation of manufacturing, business, and management processes.
Desktop publishers prepare graphic materials such as: brochures, flyers, calendars, advertisements, newsletters, books, proposals, business cards, forms and the like. Desktop publishers may also service clients in word processing services. They use computers, laser printers and sophisticated software programs to produce high quality graphic materials for their clients. They format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts and other visuals. Written skills are very important especially if a desktop publisher needs to write and edit text. A desktop publisher may be asked to create graphics or special effects, convert photographs and drawings into digital images, or manipulate the graphics. Their job may also consist of designing page layouts, developing presentations, typeset and color separation, and translating electronic information onto films. If designing for the web, HTML is very important to know. The knowledge of cameras, scanners and other external hardware should be learned to improve desktop publishing skills.
Develops detailed design drawings and related specifications of mechanical equipment. Often calculates strength, quality, quantity, and cost of materials.
Designs furniture for manufacturer and shows knowledge of different design trends. Sketches detail of the article and then originates scale and proposes blueprints for the manufacturer.
There are many elements of a game developer. These consist of:
Design art and layouts for material to be presented. Studies illustrations to plan presentations using design concepts.
Originates and develops ideas to design the form of manufactured products. Establishes design concepts with other workers in other departments such as marketing.
Plans, designs, and furnishes environments of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Works with clients to determine architectural designs and subcontracts fabrication, installation, and arrangement of interior items.
Gives professional advice on land-planning problems; selects suitable sites and makes preliminary studies, reports, sketches, and models. Also, prepares "working" drawings, cost estimates, specifications for contactor's bids, and supervises construction and quality of work.
Works for lawyers and photographs accidents, crime scenes, and any other areas where the lawyer needs a visual record. Not only needs knowledge of photography, but also some knowledge of legal areas as well.
Photographs medical phenomena to provide illustrations for scientific publications. Makes still and motion pictures of patient's anatomical structures.
Archivists are responsible for collecting, organizing, cataloging, preserving, and finally storing historical documents and other important records for museums, libraries, and other institutions interested in preserving these records. Some specialize in a particular type of document, such as letters, manuscripts or films. They research and analyze collections and prepare exhibits. Curators and museum directors take care of the administration of a museum or gallery. They acquire, authenticate, and evaluate collections, arrange and oversee exhibitions, and write grants and proposals. Conservators clean, restore and take care of the physical condition of the collection. Archivists, curators and conservators require advanced degrees in museum studies, but a solid background in the subject is also valued.
Museum Exhibit Designer
Designs display for periods in art history. Must have basic knowledge of graphic design, type, color, and color drafting.
Photographs newsworthy events, locations, individuals, educational, or other materials for use in publications and telecast.
Uses any required medium to make realistic presentations of manufactured items such as toys, automobiles, and garden equipment.
Employed by large companies, hotels, and franchises to plan and coordinate interiors, furniture, and accessories in their buildings.
Originates designs for fabrication of cloth; specifies weave patterns, color, and gauge of thread to produce new fabrics according to functional requirements and fashion preferences.