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Study visual communication abroad

An in-depth guide to studying visual communication as an international student.

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Visual communication degrees abroad

Visual communications students learn how to convey messages through creative mediums, like images, photographs, and paintings. It’s a vast field that blends together several disciplines, including graphic design, photography, fine art, and animation.

You’ll study the theories and concepts behind effective communication and put what you’ve learned into practice by working on real client briefs. By experimenting with various communication modes, you’ll master your own original style and develop the technical skills needed to make your mark in this competitive industry.

By earning your degree abroad, you’ll gain a global insight into the ever-evolving world of visual communications. You’ll see how visual communication methods are adjusted to suit the needs of different cultural audiences, equipping you for success on the international stage.

Visual communication program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in visual communications can be studied over three years, but four-year BA programs including a 12-month placement are also common. Participating in internships is one of the best ways to build relevant experience and professional connections.

If you’re planning on completing your undergraduate degree in the US, you’ll likely study a four-year bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA). Unlike most American liberal arts degrees, BFAs contain fewer general studies modules in favor of a more intensive visual communications focus.

After finishing your bachelor’s program, you can enroll in a postgraduate course. MA programs normally require one year of full-time study, whereas master of fine arts (MFA) degrees can take between 18 and 24 months. PhDs in visual communications are available, but these will add several extra years to your studies.

To provide students with a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the field, teaching methods normally include lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio-based workshops, and computer labs.

The extensive range of elective modules offered as part of visual communications programs makes it easy to tailor your degree to your interests. That said, most universities insist that students take core units in the following areas:

  • Understanding visual culture
  • Visual skills
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Graphic design
  • Motion graphics
  • History of visual communication
  • Digital media

Alternative communication degrees

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Visual communication study abroad programs

Visual communication undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in visual communication

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    Visual Communication - BA Florence University of the Arts, Italy

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,300 EUR
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Visual Communications - BA University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Visual Communication Design - BDes University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,630 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Visual Communication + Change - BFA Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,430 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Visual Communication - BA Seattle Pacific University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,604 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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Visual communication graduate programs

Master's in visual communication

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    Visual Communication Design - MVCD Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,168 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Visual Communication - MA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Visual Communication - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future visual communication careers

Since businesses and organizations across the globe depend on the expertise of visual communicators for their branding, marketing, and interaction with consumers, your career options will be virtually endless.

Your creativity and communication skills will be particularly valuable to sectors, including digital media, publishing, advertising, and journalism. Here are some of the exciting and fast-paced positions you could pursue:

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Painter
  • Creative director
  • Photographer
  • Multimedia consultant
  • Animator
  • Digital artist

If figuring out what to do after graduation is proving tricky, it’s worth talking to your university’s careers office. They offer free and professional advice regarding work experience, resume writing, employment opportunities, and much more.