Ohio University

hero_undergraduate_MM_use

Interactive: Information Design / Undergraduate

THE MAJOR

This sequence combines the professional practice of interactive design, user experience, and web development. Students do their storytelling through interactive websites, mobile platforms, and other methods including motion graphics (animation), video, and informational graphics. Graduates of this program work as interactive designers, website developers, motion graphics designers and mobile app designers.

STUDENT WORK

Students in this sequence are interested in visual communication and storytelling through interactive websites, mobile platforms, and other methods, including motion graphics (animation), video, and informational graphics.

 

graphic with faces
Soul of Athens project, created by students in the Interactive Capstone class

INTERACTIVE: INFORMATION DESIGN MAJOR COURSES

The bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Interactive: Information Design is a 120-credit hour program that includes a major core of study, general liberal arts classes, a focus on a specialization area and an internship. In our program, students start studying design during their first semester.

CLASSES IN THIS MAJOR INCLUDE:

  • VICO 1000: Intro to Visual Communication: A survey class in the foundations of visual communication
  • VICO 1421 and 1414: Introductory classes in photography and design.

SPECIALIZED CLASSES IN INTERACTIVE: INFORMATION DESIGN INCLUDE:

  • VICO 1115: Visual Communication I
  • VICO 2161: Interactive I: Web Design
  • VICO 2401: Multimedia Production
  • VICO 2162: Advanced Web Design
  • VICO 3111: Design II: Information Graphics
  • VICO 3420: Topic Seminar II: Javascript
  • VICO 3173: Interactive III
  • VICO 4188: Interactive Capstone
  • Students also have the opportunity to take motion graphics and publication design..

Other core classes including electives in visual history, business and communication, and a specialization area of the student’s choosing, all supporting their education in VisCom. Journalism courses also make up a part of this major core of study, and include classes in grammar, writing and communication law. Our program prepares students to be well-rounded — and ready for the future.

INTERNSHIPS AND CAREERS

One advisor-approved internship is required for the degree in Visual Communication. Internships should be approximately 400 hours of paid and supervised work in your field. Many students have more than one internship experience prior to graduation. Additionally, VisCom alumni have had successful careers in the industry in a variety of capacities and have worked and interned for a variety of companies, including The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times, Q Interactive, Southwest Airlines, and Column 5.

EQUIPMENT CHECKOUT ROOM

VisCom also supplies an Equipment Checkout Room with the support of Nikon, Canon, Mamiya Corporation of America and Sony. Students can check out DSLR cameras, lenses, lighting gear, audio equipment, video equipment, a 360-degree camera, tripods other stabilization tools.

COMPUTER LABS

The School of Visual Communication uses Apple computers and predominantly the Adobe Creative Suite. We are pleased to provide computer labs with Apple computers, the Adobe Creative Suite and other software needed for classes. These labs also have open hours in the evenings, as do other labs on campus, and have color printers and photo printers students can use with purchase of a print card.

SCHOOL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION GALLERY

On the first floor of Schoonover, the School of Visual Communication runs a gallery. Rotating regularly between student and alumni shows, students can not only show their work, but gain experience participating in the exhibitions.