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School of Visual Communication

Schoonover Center 250
Athens, OH 45701

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Scripps College of Communication

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Athens, OH

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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.

Students who major in Photojournalism have a desire to use photography as a communication tool to show readers/viewers interesting people and situations without staging or controlling the subjects. The often work in editorial settings, such as magazines and newspapers. Many students are members of NPPAOU (The National Press Photographers Association Ohio University) which brings in internationally known speakers, organizes educational meetings and conducts portfolio reviews. The organization has been selected Outstanding Student Chapter by the NPPA three times. Past NPPAOU members are winners in the Hearst Photojournalism Competition and the College Photographer of the Year annual contest.

Special Features

The School of Visual Communication strives to maintain state-of-the-art facilities, including three labs outfitted with high-end Macintosh computers. The software installed in the labs features the Adobe Creative Suite which includes InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, and more, plus Axure for UX Design, and Coda 2.5 for web development. An equipment check-out room makes available additional lenses and camera bodies, video gear, and lighting equipment for students taking classes within the school. Full-featured photo studios are maintained for use by students taking commercial photography courses.

The school hosts many student organizations, including: The National Press Photography Association, Society for Publication Design, Ohio University Multimedia Society (OUMS), and the Society of Photographic Illustrators. VisCom students have earned awards in prestigious competitions including the College Photographer of the Year (CPOY), World Press, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Emmy awards, SND College Design Contest, and the Adobe Design Achievement award. Students also have the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops in their fields.

Because the specialized skills of VisCom students are in demand across campus, part-time work opportunities are available to select students across campus.

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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.