Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Visual Communication


The visual communication program prepares students for entry into the job market as working design professionals, with many recent graduates working in graphic design studios, branding firms, cultural institutions, and other creative agencies. Students learn graphic design history, theory, and practice, in a rigorous program that covers the essentials needed by professionals. Graduates of the program can go on to create corporate identities, all types of print material, signage, packaging, exhibits, mobile interactive design, website design, animation, and more. Allied studio art and art history programming provide opportunity for the development of an interdisciplinary approach, and a required internship gives students hands-on experience in the field.

A total of 45 credit hours are required for the major in Visual Communication. Requirements include 12 credit hours in foundations, 3 credit hours in art history, 24 hours in applied art, Seminar of Art and Ideas (FNAR 390), and Senior Exhibition Preparation (FNAR 398).