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Multimedia, Photography and Design

Our graduate students customize their path through the master’s program by mixing and matching courses to create the best fit for their individual needs and career goals.

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The Visual Communications department attracts students who are passionate about all types of visual storytelling: photography, videography, cinematography, graphic design, motion design, immersive design, UIUX design and multimedia.

Our students come from all over the world and from various stages of life:

Recent college graduates …

  • hoping to dive deeper into their undergraduate major
  • switching into a new field
  • hoping to add a complementary discipline to their undergraduate major

Military veterans taking advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits

Professionals looking to learn new skills and boost their careers to the next level

After graduating, our students typically work in journalism, advertising, entertainment and the nonprofit world—with many choosing to work across industries—and they publish their work via multiple distribution platforms, from books, magazines and newspapers, to mobile and digital options, such as smart phones, tablets, the web, cable and broadcast channels, to film festivals and gallery exhibits.

What is the focus of the program?
  • Photography (photojournalism/documentary, advertising/illustration, fashion, portraiture)
  • Videography/cinematography (latest methods in short-form fiction and non-fiction audio and video collection and production)
  • Editing and postproduction for still photography and video (story structure, image/clip editing, non-linear video editing, color correction, compression and output)
  • Design (motion graphics, publication, web, tablet, mobile, branding, typography)
  • Story (concept, structure, management, fiction and non-fiction)
  • Entrepreneurial/business skills (writing, social media, marketing, ethics, law)
Find additional curriculum information here. 
What makes the program unique?
  • Emphasis on building an exceptional portfolio/reel.
  • Engaged and inspiring professors with impressive industry credentials and contacts.
  • Intimate class size, which allows for more individual attention.
  • Strong sense of community and shared purpose among classmates and faculty.
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars in photo/audio/video/HDSLR gear for checkout, a two-story, fully equipped digital photo studio, and seven Mac labs with the latest software.
  • Weekend workshops and other special projects, both overseas and in the United States. 
  • Strong Newhouse Network of alumni and friends and interaction with notable industry professionals. Our industry friends regularly visit, speak with our students, review portfolios and help students as they launch into the working world.
Where are recent graduates working and what are they doing?

Many graduates find success as independent storytellers/freelancers. Others have gone on to work for production houses, top-tier advertising studios and large organizations such as:

  • National Geographic
  • NPR
  • MediaStorm
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Yankees
  • Elle magazine
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Dateline NBC
  • Businessweek

Learn more about our employment statistics and alumni.

How can I apply?

You may find all of the deadlines and details on how to apply here. Questions? Email or call 315-443-4039.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about the program?

Find an in-depth master’s program FAQ here. You may contact program director Bruce Strong at or 315-443-4868. You may also email the general grad program at or call 315-443-4039.