Certificate Program In Visual Communications

Visual Communication Program

Certificate Program In Visual Communications

Visual communication is increasingly important in today's society. The ability to clearly communicate and help audiences understand information in context is a highly valued skill in today's marketplace. Humans are able to grasp the meaning of an image in as little as 13 milliseconds- the blink of an eye, making it critical for visual communicators to create visuals that convey meaningful information and tell a story.

This new online certificate program is a comprehensive series of courses designed to elevate your skills in visual communications. You'll learn hands-on how to create films that inspire, to understand the art of visual communications, give meaning to your photography, and how to build graphs, maps and charts from data. You'll leave with a portfolio, complete with your body of work from the three core courses to share with employers, colleagues, or clients.


What’s Possible with a Certificate in Visual Communications?

Participants completing the Certificate in Visual Communications have a variety of career options. For many it's a pathway to a career change, or to augment their education, for others it is an avenue for building skills to upgrade their career and pursue a passion in a communications field through visual means. Possible career options are found in corporations, nonprofits, government, education, news organizations, public relations, and more.

Program Outcomes

  • Gain the skills necessary to communicate visual content on digital platforms
  • Become fluent in the language of visual communications 
  • Create engaging visual content that resonates with your audience
  • Work hands-on with professional instructors to produce and curate visual stories: photo essays, videos, and data visualizations
  • Take your career to the next level with a branded portfolio showcasing your work
  • Earn a Program Certificate in Visual Communications

How to Complete the Program

How To Complete the Program

Step 1

Complete the following 3 core courses: Visual Storytelling with Photography, Data Visualization for Storytellers, and Video Storytelling. We recommend starting with Visual Storytelling with Photography, however you may take the courses in any order.  All courses are offered several times throughout the year. You may begin the program at anytime. 

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Visual Storytelling With Photography

In this course you'll use photography as the medium, as you gain the skills to identify and create powerful, meaningful, and enticing visual stories. You'll learn about composition, lighting, framing, movement and how to capture a story from a portrait, and moment to moment. Plus, you'll leave with a compelling photo essay designed by you. 

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Data Visualization for Storytellers

In this course we'll take take you step-by-step through the process of cleaning, analyzing and processing data. You will build a portfolio of charts, graphs and maps using tools such as Tableau Public, Datawrapper and OpenRefine. You’ll work to apply skills and practice techniques as you deepen your knowledge in data visualization.

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Video Storytelling

In this course you’ll learn the foundations of storytelling and  filmmaking from professional filmmakers and  journalists. Plan, write, interview, shoot and edit your own short video alongside a community of makers. You'll learn how to engage your audience and craft video stories that hold on to the very end, and leave with a video produced by you.

How To Complete the Program

Step 2

Enroll in the Professional Portfolios for Storytellers course, after completion of the 3 core courses. The 3 core courses coupled with the final portfolio course can be completed in up to as quickly as three months. 

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Professional Portfolios for Storytellers

In this course you'll build a portfolio to showcase your body of work created during the program. You'll learn best practices for web design, and identifying your brand, plus the foundations of user navigation. Working alongside other creators, you'll gain valuable feedback from your instructor and other professionals.

How To Complete the Program

Step 3

Receive and share your Certificate of Program Completion.

Congratulations! Upon completion of the portfolio course you will receive an electronic certificate to share with colleagues and friends. 

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