About the Department
Students in Communication Arts explore the powerful and timeless relationship between art and narrative through drawing. A major in Communication Arts will help to broaden your artistic skills and conceptual understandings while giving you the opportunity to explore and expand your interests in observational drawing, digital image making, concept design, comics and graphic novels, storyboarding and mixed-media illustration.
Your gift to the VCUarts Department of Communication Arts helps provide scholarships for our talented students, promote faculty research and host world-class artists.
Our alumni are character and creature designers, concept artists, illustrators for print and web publishing, graphic novelists and scientific illustrators.
Broaden your artistic skills and conceptual understandings in courses that include figure drawing, digital 3D studio, visual studies and design, typography, and the history of visual communication.
Develop the artistic skills and visual communication strategies necessary to effectively present complex and detailed scientific information.
Develop the technical and artistic skills to create digital visual effects for live action footage with courses in 3D software, digital filming, compositing and motion-capture.
Featured Student Work
Project: Ink-wash Self Portrait
Course: Fall 2020, Figure Observed
Medium: Ink, gel penViv Rathfon
Course: Fall 2020, 3D Studio
Medium: BlenderAndrew Kennedy
Project: 3D render replicating a film photograph
Course: Fall 2020, 3D Studio
Medium: MayaYumika Fushimi
Project: Bobcat skullDan Nacu
Project: Kiwano SpreadJulia Moore
Course: Spring 2020, Scientific Illustration
Medium: Watercolor on paperAn Na Yang
Project: Fruit Dispute
Course: Spring 2020, Digital Drawing
Medium: Adobe PhotoshopCamryn Simms
Project: FishMichelle Sites
Meet our faculty, learn about career and internship opportunities, and get the information you need about requirements and policies.
Students in Communication Arts learn and work alongside professionals in the field.
Learn more about the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy.
The Communication Arts program helps develop creative, flexible and multidisciplinary artists who enjoy greater career possibilities in an increasingly competitive global job market.
The department provides support for students seeking internships and career experiences in the field.
Career opportunities include:
- Art Director
- Children’s Book Illustrator
- Comic Artist/Graphic Novelist
- Digital Animator
- Editorial Illustrator
- Game Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Scientific Illustrator
- Storyboard Artist
Resources for Students
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Exhibitions and Showcases
The Department of Communication Arts hosts annual opportunities for students to showcase their work.
Exhibitions at The Anderson
Annual student exhibition.
The Comm Arts Senior Expo is the annual year-end tabling event for the graduating class. Seniors build booths to promote their art, sell prints + merch, and connect with the VCU community.