College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013

Visual Communication

Visual Communication, Minor

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2015

This minor introduces students to the tools of art and technology needed to creatively communicate ideas and transform messages into visual communication. Students will be introduced to principles of aesthetic judgment, color, type, symbols, digital images, multi-media, project management skills, etc.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Visual Communication?

Do you like to sketch, dream, and create? Do you have an eye for detail? If images and visual technology delight and inspire you, then careers in the expanding universe of media are calling. The Visual Communication minor at Northern Arizona University can help you to think critically and convey ideas with precision and impact. Boost your tech-savvy in cutting-edge laboratories and studios. Learn to use color, form, type, and symbols to craft powerful messages. You'll develop your personal voice while seeking a universal message in your work.

By harnessing aesthetic judgment with project management skills, you'll learn to persuade viewers and forcefully communicate your client's message. Alumni have started successful independent design practices and worked for some of the country's leading firms, including Body Glove, Yahoo! Games, Teva, and Nike.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 24
Major GPA 2.5


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 24 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5 :
    Please note that some courses may only be offered in alternate terms.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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