College of Communication and the Arts

CoCA Initiatives Interdisciplinary Minors

Sound Production and Design I Visual Effects and Animation I Digital Arts and Visual Communication

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Each minor consists of 18 credits, and can substitute for the “related” requirement in a student’s program of study. Students can easily declare a minor during a brief appointment in the Tri-College Advising Office in UH 3000, and should work with their advisor in selecting which courses to take to best complement their own major course of study.

Sound Production and Design

Description: A minor in Sound Production and Design is a specialized secondary field of study for students who wish to concentrate on audio production in a variety of professional settings. This minor prepares students for careers as recording and sound engineering professionals in live performance, live television & radio broadcast, and audio postproduction for film and video.

Career Information: "A live sound technician, also known as a sound engineering technician, works on location managing sound for events at various venues. Settings can include both indoor and outdoor locations depending on the event. Places where a live sound technician may work include sports arenas, churches, theaters and lecture halls as well as remote locations where events like live performances, meetings and conferences are held." Career information is from

Requirements: Students will complete 4 required courses in Communication, Music and Theatre. The remaining 8 credits are selected from a list of Art, Communication, Film, Music and Theatre courses.

Visual Effects and Animation

Description: A specialized secondary field of study for students who wish to develop techniques for motion graphics and animation concept development and production. Are you interested in creating animated 2- and 3-dimensional images combined with motion and movement to give the impression of action through changing images?

Career Information: "A Motion Graphics Designer's work is developed for the Internet, television, and film. These types if pieces are included in broadcast titles, commercial and Web ads, movie trailers, music videos, video signage, and content for mobile devices.

Artists might also use video and photography equipment to capture images or audio devices for multimedia projects. They identify the best techniques and methods to communicate material.

Motion graphics artists are responsible for the creative process at different stages. Conceptualization, storyboarding, animating, and editing are just a few of the phases involved. Other duties may include keyframing and typography." Career information is from

Requirements: Students will complete 2 required courses in Art and Film. The remaining 11 credits are selected from a list of Art, Communication, and Film courses.

Digital Arts and Visual Communication

Description: A broad range of communication design and creative problem-solving skills will prepare students to apply, and demonstrate an understanding of the visual communication design process using both traditional design skills and the latest computer software. Students learn about the processes of design conception, planning, and creation. They examine the functions and objectives of visual communications and are encouraged to develop aesthetic awareness and understandings of symbolic representation. Students might also gain skills in visual research and analysis in Communication focused courses.

Career Information: "Visual communication design technicians combine their technical design skills with their creative talents to design and produce user interface systems, software applications, animation and a number of other multimedia products. Publishers, digital media outlets, marketing firms and visual design companies are just a few of the businesses that hire visual communication design technicians. Some of the design tools and techniques they use are animation applications, desktop publishing software, font programs and design and Web layout software."

Requirements: Students will complete 1 required course in Art. The remaining 15 credits are selected from a list of Art, Art History, Communication, and Film courses.


Last Updated: 6/26/15