Visual Communications Learning Community

The Visual Communications Residential Learning Community is open to students majoring in visual communications. 

The community is for students who want to spend time meeting and creating relationships with other students interested in creative design.  The community has been established to foster long-lasting relationships among members who have the same goals and aspirations as you.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) allow you to live with other students sharing the same academic major or special interest. As an RLC member, you have the opportunity to attend social and academic programs with other students, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor who shares your major or interest area.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC.

Join this group if you want to:

  • Gain skills, knowledge, and techniques needed to become a practicing professional in the design field.
  • Enjoy dinners with faculty, studio tours, social events, software skills workshops, academic and career planning sessions, and technical seminars from upper division students and/or professionals.
  • Meet other students with interested in Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation and Interactive Design.
  • Receive one-on-one attention from a Learning Community Mentor who is also a Visual Communication student.
  • Participate in mock interviews and resume workshops to help you prepare for applying for internships and other employment opportunities.

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand, major-based classes will be reserved for Visual Communication Residential Learning Community residents. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses.

Seats will be reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • VC 251 – Computer Imaging: This studio course introduces students to computer literacy through practical and technical concepts for entry-level image manipulation.  Other components of the class include demonstrations, exercises, and concepts necessary for digital design.  


  • VC 101 – Introduction to Computer Information Systems: This studio course introduces students to issues of design, theory, principles and visual literacy.  Students will participate in projects designed to strengthen understanding of creative and critical thinking and demonstrate problem-solving skills. 

Spring Semester:

  • VC 161 – History of Visual Communication: This course is an introductory survey of major themes and historical phases of visual communication.  It includes the development of visual communication, key people who nurtured it progress and events that linked contributions to civilization.