A typical visual communications (or visual communication design) program prepares students for a career in advertising design, graphic design, web design, multimedia design, and more. Graduates of most visual communications programs work in a variety of settings such as advertising firms, museums, publishing companies, television studios, printing firms, news agencies, and more. Fortunately, the state of Ohio is filled with a large collection of creative agencies, production studios, and more, making it a great place for aspiring visual communications artists.
PPA Graphics, HGA Advertising, and Hart Inc., are just a few options for communications artists interested in graphic design or advertising. If you're interested in working at an art museum, Ohio's collection of art museums is among the best. Just a few major art museums here include Cleveland Museum of Art, The Dayton Art Institute, Columbus Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art.
In addition to choice employment opportunities for aspiring visual communication artists, Ohio has one of the largest collections of accredited colleges and universities in the country. Many of them offer a wide variety of programs for aspiring artists and designers. Just a few of the best include Columbus College, Central State University, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cleveland Art Institute, and Bowling Green State University. Several top Ohio colleges offer excellent programs for aspiring visual communications artists. Continue reading to learn more.
Ohio Visual Communications Schools
According to the National Center for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences (NCES IES) report, Ohio is now home to 215 accredited colleges. The state has the sixth largest collection of colleges in the U.S. Many of the state’s art and design schools are located in principal cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. However, half of the state’s visual communications schools are located in smaller cities/towns such as Kent and Dayton.
Scroll through the list below to review Ohio’s top schools for aspiring visual communications artists and what they have to offer.
Art Academy of Cincinnati – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Illustration, Visual Communication Design
The Ohio State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art and Technology, B. S. Design with Concentration in Visual Communication Design; M.F.A. Art and Technology; M. F. A. Digital Animation and Interactive Media
University of Dayton - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Communication Design, Visual Arts with Concentration in Illustration
Kent State University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design – 2D, Graphic Design – 3D, Photo-Illustration, B. S. Computer Design, Animation and Game Design; M. A., M. F. A. Visual Communication Design
Cleveland Institute of Art - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Communication Design, Game Design, Illustration, Technology and Integrated Media Environment (T. I. M. E.) – Digital Arts, Video
Otterbein University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Communication Design, Integrated Digital Media
More Visual Communications related programs to consider:
- Orlando, Florida (Online Programs Available)
Employment and Salary Trends for Ohio Visual Communications Professionals
Visual communications artists work in a variety of fields, so it would be tough to provide a salary for these individuals. What we can do is provide salary and employment information for some of the most popular fields for communications artists. These include advertising, film and video, graphic design, media and communications, and animation & multimedia.
Ohio is home to a sizable advertising industry that employs hundreds of artists, executives, salespersons, illustrators, and more. Depending on the position, company, seniority, etc., advertising professionals earn anywhere from $45,870 to $100,970 per year. Salaries have increased since 2002, when advertising professionals averaged $43,440-$59,940.
Professionals in the film and video industry can expect to average $45,930 per year, up from 42,960 in 2002. The state of Ohio is home to 370 film and video artists, up from 260 in 2002.
Ohio’s graphic design pool is by far the largest group of professionals in the art and design industry here. According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the population is 7,550, up from 5,370 in 2002. Average earnings are $44,650 up from $37,080 in 2002.
Ohio’s media and communications industry employs 380 professionals, down from 590 in 2006. The good news is, salaries increased between 2006 and today. In 2006, media and visual communications artists earned $39,160. Today, they earn $41,820. Visual communications artists also work in the animation & multimedia industry. In the state of Ohio, the average salary for animation and multimedia artists is $56,460, up from $39,940 in 2002. The state is home to 420 multimedia artists and animators, down from 760 in 2002.
Note: Visual communications design and communications design are very similar. Graduates from both programs typically work in the same fields, performing many of the same tasks.