Department of Communication and Visual Arts
Picture yourself at an anchor desk ready to go on air. The lights are bright, the countdown starts, and you're on. Now, imagine yourself speaking to the press on your company's behalf. You're professional, in control, and know exactly what to say. A degree in communication can open the door to a number of career fields, from media and public relations, to marketing, business, consulting, education, writing, editing, and law.
University of Michigan-Flint communication students have access to valuable resources that will help them succeed in whatever career path they choose. The video and editing labs are state-of-the-art, much like the equipment that broadcasting companies use today. Through internships and co-op experiences, students will put the skills and theories that they've learned in the classroom into practice. The Student Communication Association offers students the opportunity to practice their networking skills and make contacts with other professionals entering the field of communication
“Journalism is one of the great and intellectual professions.“
Journalism gives you a ringside seat at the biggest stories in your community, and the world at large.
You look at the world through the eyes of an artist.
Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a career or a living without formal training. The University of Michigan-Flint offers programs leading to degrees in Visual Communication, Studio Arts and Art Education along with minors in Art and Art History. There is also an Honor’s Program in Art available to those who are in the Honor’s Program. Our faculty consists of excellent artists and art historians who are committed to the development of the next generation of artists.
Artists generally fall into one of five categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media. Designers including Graphic Designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques. Multi-media artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media. At UM-Flint, we will help you determine where in the world of art you belong and help prepare you for your career choice.