Communication and Visual Arts

Express Yourself

The Communication and Visual Arts (CVA) department educates students in one of the most integral aspects of human behavior—the development and expression of ideas through various modalities. The department offers three degree paths including art, communication, and digital media arts, with opportunities for students to customize their concentrations.



As an Art major, students learn art practice and theory through hands-on studio courses while studying contemporary and historical artists, designers, and works. Studio courses include drawing, painting, photography, design, video arts, and much more. Art majors are guided through the process of developing a cohesive body of work that is presented to and critiqued by peers and faculty.


Communication majors strive to master verbal, written, and visual communication skills valued in multiple careers including public relations, journalism, marketing, advertising, sales, and business. Students develop the tools necessary to create messages for diverse audiences and critically analyze media messages.


Focused on visual communication and creative thinking, the Digital Media Arts major helps students learn and apply those skills across a variety of computer-assisted media. Students strive to master professional-level software used for graphic design, photography, video editing, and related fields.

Student Testimonials

Maiah Deogracias 2024 B.A. Art “I was drawn to Valpo because of both the opportunities in the classroom, but also outside of it. I also was really excited that there were so many opportunities for growth.”

Caitlynn Shipe 2024 B.A. Communication “One of the main things that brought me to Valpo was the student life and student organization opportunities. Specifically, having the ability to get experience with a lot of different media appealed to me.”