School and Ranking Information
There is only one for-profit institution located in Troy, MI, that offers visual communication programs. However, aspiring visual communications students in the area can find several public and private nonprofit schools within a 50-mile radius of the city that offer similar programs. Based on school type, student population and ranking, the following university is considered a top school in the Troy area for visual communications:
- Winner: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is the largest school in terms of student enrollment and the closest public institution to Troy that provides training related to visual communications. Students can choose to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in art and design, or a bachelor's degree in communication studies.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor|
|Ranking||#29 among Best National Universities (2015)*|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $13,142 (in state); $40,392 (out-of-state)**|
|Visual Communication Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Visual Communication Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||12**|
|Most Popular Visual Communication Degree in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (10 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||90%**|
|Noteworthy||Graduate fine arts programs ranked #27 among national universities (2015)*|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Art and design programs combine lectures with hands-on studio courses
- Internship and study abroad opportunities available in the communication studies program; international experiences offered in the MFA program
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor consists of 19 schools and colleges and enrolls more than 43,000 students annually. One of these schools, the School of Art and Design, awards a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts in Art and Design. Those interested in the related area of multimedia might consider a bachelor's degree program in communication studies offered through the Department of Communications at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design program combines the study of traditional design concepts with modern approaches to visual communications design. Studio courses allow students to hone their creative skills and develop technical proficiency in digital design software programs. Coursework covers drawing techniques, computer illustration, design tools and visual expression. Students are required to complete a yearlong integrative project that demonstrates both personal and artistic development.
The curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program covers various forms of mass media and the way that people respond and communicate with them. Coursework explores the major theories related to mass media consumption, relationship between the media and public, negative effects of public journalism and worldwide impact of the Internet.
A comprehensive 3-year program with an emphasis on research, presentation, collaboration and creative expression, the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Design is composed of core design courses and intensive studio experiences. Students are also required to develop proficiency in a field of study outside the realm of art and design. The curriculum consists of seminars, directed studio practice and university electives. Graduate students engage in a 3-5 week international experience and present a thesis/exhibition/presentation at the culmination of the program.