Visual Communications Studies

Overview

The Visual Communications Studies department creates new and exciting opportunities for you to explore visual communication and imaging arts. Our innovative programs, combining traditional creative skills with computer-based technology, provide you opportunities to enter various careers where you can design, organize and produce print and Web-based media in business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising fields.

Degrees and Programs

Master the concepts of 3D graphics to craft a range of creative solutions for animation and multimedia projects.

Learn More about 3D Graphics Technology AAS 

People who work in the design and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and Web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The design and imaging technology program provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Design and Imaging Technology AAS 

People who work in the design and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and Web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The design and imaging technology program provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Design and Imaging Technology AOS 

The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by NTID and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the career exploration studies program.

Learn More about Pre-Baccalaureate Visual Communications Studies 

CAD Support Services

Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT's College of Art and Design

Students interested in a bachelor’s degree can study in any of approximately 20 bachelor's degree programs that are offered by RIT’s College of Art and Design that includes the schools of ArtDesignAmerican Crafts, Photographic Arts and Sciences, and the Film and Animation.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT's college of Art and Design programs are supported by faculty and staff who are professionals in the fields of art, design, printing, and photography. In addition, they are skilled in working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. They provide many different kinds of services for students who are enrolled in the College of Art and Design including academic advising, tutoring, and personal counseling. 

The Visual Communications Studies department has several faculty and staff who work with students enrolled in art and design programs and have developed a positive liaison with the college's faculty, staff, and administration. These VCS faculty and staff also help prospective students apply to bachelor's degree programs by explaining requirements, assisting with the transfer process, and describing the experience of being in courses with hearing students and access services. NTID faculty working in the other colleges of RIT make up the first line of contact for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in bachelor's degree programs looking for information or advice. Most of these VCS faculty and staff have their offices in Booth Hall, Suite 3441.

Look for the support faculty corresponding to your area of interest for further help.

Students taking mainstream courses in the College of Art and Design benefit from an impressive array of support services. The CAD Support Team provides:

Academic Advising
  • Assistance with registration, course selection, career planning.
  • Liaison to School of Art, School of Design, School of American Crafts, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, School of Print Media, and School of Film and Animation.
  • Liaison to Access Services, Student Services, RIT program advisors and chairs, RIT scheduling officer, parents, related NTID programs, OVR.
  • Support for cross-registered deaf and hard-of-hearing students in approximately 20 CIAS programs.
Tutoring

Every effort is made to match faculty expertise with student major so in the best possible situation their tutor can be the same person as their academic advisor (our staff members' areas of expertise are listed below).

Counseling

Provision of personal/social counseling, career decision counseling, academic advising (to undecided students and new students), referral and consultation.

Notetaking

Notetakers are hired and trained through the Access and Support Services Department. These hearing students record on paper the main points of what is said in class during lectures, discussions, reports, and/or films. Important topics or themes are highlighted, new or difficult vocabulary is defined and the material is organized to best present the class information. Notetaking services may be requested on the Access and Support Service myAccess webpage.

Assisting Prospective Students

The CAD Support Team helps prospective students apply to baccalaureate programs by explaining requirements, reviewing and giving feedback on portfolios, helping with paperwork, and describing the mainstreamed experience. They also facilitate with Access Services.

CAD Support Services Faculty/Staff

Staff Assistant
Booth 7A-3549

Sidonie Roepke
Professor
585-475-2707

Coordinator, College of Art and Design Support Faculty
Expertise: Advising and Tutoring: School for American Crafts, Studio Arts, Illustration, Medical Illustration Booth 7A-3445

Faculty
Expertise: Advising and Tutoring: Industrial Design and Interior Design
Booth 7A-3435

Eric Kunsman
Lecturer
585-475-7738

Faculty
Expertise: Advising and Tutoring: School of Photographic Arts and Sciences; School of Media Sciences; Film and Animation; Motion Picture Science
Gannett 7B-2244

Ernest Roszkowski
Senior Lecturer
585-475-6862

Faculty
Expertise: Advising and Tutoring: Graphic Design
Gannett 7B-2234

Facilities

There's no question that RIT has one of the most modern, high-tech campuses in the nation. As a Visual Communications Studies student, you'll work on state-of-the-art equipment in specialized computer labs, an art studio and a press lab.

With plenty of feedback from faculty and fellow classmates, everyone in the art studio learns from each other. Here you can develop your skills with traditional media like markers, paints and pencils.

The department has a new multi-purpose photo and video studio equipped with numerous digital cameras, studio lighting and backdrops, panoramic and small set image capture capabilities.

The department has six state-of-the-art labs to support design, desktop publishing, scanning, imaging, multimedia and Web productions. These also serve as open labs that you can access during evening and weekend hours to support your skill development.

You’ll get hands-on learning using a direct-imaging computer-to-plate, full-color offset press, an assortment of small-format binding and finishing systems, and wide-format inkjet printers with laminating/mounting/cutting systems.

Photo and Video Equipment
  • The Visual Communications Studies department own a variety of photo and video equipment which VCS students may borrow to complete course projects and assignments.
  • VCS faculty are expected to demonstrate proper use of photo and/or video equipment before students will be allowed to borrow the equipment.
  • The cage room is managed by Jim DeMarco, VCS Facilities Coordinator.
Available Photo & Video Equipment
  • Digital Cameras and Lenses
  • Digital Video Cameras
  • Tripods
  • VR Panorama kits

Some equipment can be borrowed only with special permission from the VCS chairperson or faculty.

Procedure to Borrow Equipment
  • An equipment loan agreement slip must be completed by borrower and verified by staff.
  • All equipment will be inspected by VCS staff at the time of the loan.
  • All equipment will be loaned for a specific time period which will be written on the loan agreement slip. Time limits will vary depending on the type of equipment and the needs for different courses.
  • Any damage or loss must be reported immediately.
  • All equipment will be inspected by VCS staff when returned.
Renewal of Loan
  • Equipment may be renewed if it is not needed by other students for their assignments and projects. Any student who wishes to renew an equipment loan must return the equipment to the cage and have it inspected and approved for renewal.
  • A new loan agreement slip will be required.Renewals must be made in person; no renewals will be made based on email or phone messages.
Late Return Policy
  • Equipment that is returned late cannot be renewed. A student returns equipment late may lose equipment loan privileges for a specified period of time to be determined by the department chairperson.
Damage and Loss Policy
  • A student who damages or loses equipment may lose loan privileges for a specified period of time to be determined by the department chairperson.

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