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School of Visual Communications

Schoonover Center 250
Athens, OH 45701

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Scripps College of Communication

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Athens, OH

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Athens, OH 45710

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The School of Visual Communication offers an interdisciplinary visual communication degree with four specialized sequences. The school has been twice recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication.

The program is designed to provide students with realistic and thorough broad-based professionally oriented training in visual communication while providing the necessary liberal arts and cultural background for a strong educational foundation.

Intensive training is offered in informational graphics and publication design, interactive design, documentary photojournalism for newspapers, magazines and the internet, and commercial photography.

Special Features

The School of Visual Communication strives to maintain state-of-the-art facilities, including high-end digital input and output devices and up-to-date computer software. The Scripps College of Communication Scripps Howard Multimedia Lab contains 32 Macintosh G5 PowerPCs. Each computer is equipped with 256 mb ram, ZipDrives, JazDrives, and color monitors. The software in this lab includes Macromedia Director, Dreamweaver, Flash, Freehand, SoundEdit 16, Premier, Photoshop, AfterEffects, ClarisWorks, Microsoft Office, and Protools. The multimedia lab includes film and flatbed scanners, CD-Rom writers, and DVD authoring.

The school has many student organizations to get involved in, such as: The National Press Photography Association, Society for News Design, Ohio University’s Multimedia Society, and Ohio University’s Society of Photographic Illustrators are some of the organizations offered. The competitions include: Society For News Design, Photographer of the Year, and the Alexia Foundation Grant. Students also have the opportunity to attend conferences like the Flying Short Course, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Northern Short Course, and the Ohio News Photographers Association.

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Scripps College of Communication

The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is a leader in communication education—and it is the pride of Ohio University. Generally regarded as one of the top five programs in the nation, Scripps prepares students to be effective and responsible communicators in a global society and advances the field through creative activity and research on communication concepts, issues and problems.

Since its founding 40 years ago, Scripps has grown from just two schools – communication and journalism – to five schools offering more than 40 nationally acclaimed programs. These range from the very technical in the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems to the deeply theoretical in the School of Communication Studies – and everything in between in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Schools of Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication. In May 2006, the University received a commitment of $15 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the college was named in its honor.

Scripps also houses the WOUB Center for Public Media, which operates five public radio stations, two public television stations and one cable television station serving more than 60 counties. Through the center’s Student Development Program, more than 250 of the college’s students gain hands-on radio and television experience by assisting with the stations’ day-to-day operations.

Scripps has been recognized as “one of Ohio University’s most distinguished programs” by the Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities.

In the fall of 2010, Scripps was named a Center of Excellence in the state of Ohio.
Scripps alumni number 26,000 worldwide and are some of the most recognizable names, successful leaders and notable contributors in the field of communication.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.