You already have a master's degree or you've earned a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University. The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication gives you the opportunity to become an expert in the field.
You'll deepen your existing knowledge with theory. You'll apply that theory to hands-on projects in which you'll confront and resolve real-world business issues using the latest technology and media.
And you'll receive quality instruction and guidance from full-time SPSU faculty from the convenience of an online learning environment.
With the additional support of your fellow students, you'll learn to create meaning, inspire change, deliver value.
They are working adults. They are career builders. Career changers. Innovators. Most of all, like you, your fellow students care about communicating visually in a way that connects to an audience. That helps them accomplish their goals or understand a complex concept or process.
Your fellow students are the people with whom you will forge personal and professional bonds. The kinds of bonds that will become integral to the success of your career now and
in the future.
In today's complex world, effective communication takes more than the ability to write and use images. It requires strategy. Our rigorous, graduate-level curriculum will give you the critical and technical skills to become not just a visual communication expert, but also a visual communication strategist.
With an Advanced Certificate in Visual Communication, you'll acquire skills that will endure over time:
Like your previous graduate-level studies, the work is rigorous, challenging, and exciting. You'll work independently and collaboratively on projects that confront and resolve actual business issues faced by real project sponsors.
Your intensive coursework will be entirely online. But that doesn't make it "easy"; in fact, an online learning environment demands more from you. But it also gives more back to you. You will be challenged to set goals and be self directed. You'll increase both the
breadth and depth of your knowledge, while making critical connections to full-time faculty members who are experts in the field, as well as your fellow
students with whom you share similar goals and backgrounds.
You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 5 required courses focus on visual communication:
You'll select your 6th course from any of our offerings, which include courses in information design, instructional design, business analysis,
marketing communication, project management, usability testing, and more.
Because of its rigor, and other life demands you must meet, the program is designed primarily for part-time study. Students with full-time jobs typically take no more than 2 courses per semester and plan a 2-year timeline to complete the advanced certificate. Full-time study (9 credit hours or 3 courses per semester) is limited to students receiving financial aid or those who are not employed.
Since graduate-level courses require more reading and study and the assignments are significantly more complex, you'll spend at least 15 to 20
hours per course, per week.
No matter where in the world you call home, you'll pay in-state tuition and fees. For the 2012–13 academic year, one 3-credit course will cost approximately $1,215.
Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information about funding your education.
You may already communicate with visuals on a regular basis. But you want to improve your skills beyond the basics. The Advanced Certificate in Visual Communication program will advance your visual competency by teaching you to produce visual artifacts that communicate effectively to a defined audience.
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