Best colleges to study Visual Communication in Chennai

Do you wish to start your career in media? Are you searching for the top visual communication colleges in Chennai? Here is a list of the best colleges in Chennai that offers B.Sc Visual Communication course.

When compared to Engineering, the craze for Visual communication and media studies are high amongst the students. Visual Communication is one of the creative courses that help the media aspirants to gain technical and practical knowledge related to the art of filmmaking, advertising, photography, scriptwriting, editing, copywriting, advertising production, media management and so on. Viscom studies is a learning zone for the media aspirants and cinephiles to explore more about films and learn the technical aspects involved in the process of film making and advertisement.

Are you a movie buff who wishes to carve your name in the media industry? A professional degree in visual communication will help you to gain more knowledge about media studies and will act as a pillar of support to fulfill your passion. A lot of media colleges, photography institutes, arts and science colleges and film institutes in Chennai offers short term courses, diploma courses and degree programmes on media studies, photography, journalism and visual communication courses. Some of the top visual communication colleges in Chennai that provide the best learning experience to the students are mentioned below.

1. Loyola College

Loyola College is one of the premier institutions well known for the Media studies. In the 1970s, the institute initially started Loyola Art Club which later transformed into a two-year Diploma program in Visual Communication. It is the first college in India to offer a degree program for Visual Communication in 1989. Now, the department of Viscom is upgraded to Loyola School of Media Studies and it offers courses such as B.Sc Visual communication, M.Sc Visual communication, M.A Media Arts and B.M.M in Animation. The Viscom department of Loyola College has necessary facilities and it sets a good platform for the students to develop their innovation and media knowledge. Beyond the classroom learning, the department also encourages the students to attend a lot of seminars, workshops, association activities, interactive sessions and campaigns to get a lot of real-time exposure. Every year, the Viscom department strives hard to create talented media professionals by providing quality education and training. Most importantly, Loyola Viscom also has gained a lot of name and fame because of the extraordinary work of their notable alumni in the media industry.

Loyola College is an autonomous institution affiliated to the University of Madras. For every academic year, the college releases the admission notification and the eligible candidates (both boys and girls) who wish to apply for B.Sc or M.Sc Visual Communication in Loyola College can apply via the official online admission portal of the college. After submitting the application, candidates who are shortlisted by the institute has to follow the step by step admission procedures of the college to get admissions into the visual communication course.

Contact details
Address: Loyola College, Post Box 3301, Sterling Road,
Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034, Tamil Nadu
Phone: +91 - 44 - 28178200

2. M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women

M.O.P. Vaishnav College is the first women's college in Chennai to offer Visual Communication course. The department of Viscom was started in the year 1999 at M.O.P. Vaishnav College to create media professionals. The high-quality infrastructure available at the department of Viscom helps the students to gain practical knowledge and experience. The Viscom department of M.O.P. Vaishnav College has a digital studio, drawing studio, digital edit suites, shooting floor, screening theatre, HD cameras, multimedia lab, and community radio station. To strengthen the media knowledge of the students, the department organizes guest lectures, workshops, industrial visits, photography expeditions, and internships. The college organizes an annual photography exhibition and showcases the design skills, photography skills and art knowledge of the students. To enhance the creative knowledge, the department encourages the students to express their thoughts in the form of articles, photographs, etc and publishes them in the department's annual journal named 'Thumbnails'.

The woman aspirants who wish to build their innovative visualization skills can join B.Sc Viscom at M.O.P Vaishnav College. M.O.P.V is an autonomous institution affiliated to the University of Madras. To get admission at this college, the candidates have to first submit an online application form and if shortlisted, they have to attend an entrance test which consists of 2 parts (Written test and Drawing & Visualizing). The written test will contain objective type questions from current affairs, communication skills, media awareness, and visual arts. Based on the scores secured in the entrance test, the candidates will be further shortlisted to attend group discussions and personal interviews. The final selection of the candidates will happen depending upon the overall performance of the candidates in the entrance, group discussion, and personal interview.

Contact details
Address: M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women,
20, IV Lane, Nungambakkam High Road,
Chennai – 600 034, Tamil Nadu.
Phone: (044)2833 0262, (044)2833 0507

3. Madras Christian College

Madras Christian College (MCC) is another popular college in Chennai known for Viscom education. The department of Visual Communication was started at MCC in the year 2002. The college offers B.Sc visual communication course under the self-financed stream. To develop the creativity of the students and to fine-tune their visualization skills, the Viscom department of MCC has well-qualified faculty, good infrastructure and facilities. As per the innovative syllabus of B.Sc Viscom degree course, the department conducts both theoretical and practical courses along with a lot of guest lectures, seminars and workshops. Apart from the prescribed syllabus, the department also expects the students to complete a mandatory one month internship program during the second year. To provide an interactive learning experience to the students, the Visual Communication department has a drawing studio, photography shooting floor, videography shooting floor, video editing booth, audio booth and a theatre. MCC Viscom has gained a unique identity because of their teaching methodology and the way they cultivate media knowledge into the students.

MCC is also an autonomous college affiliated to the University of Madras. To get admissions into the B.Sc Visual Communication course in MCC, the candidates have to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the college and has to apply for the course by filling the online application form available at the official website of the college before the start of an academic year. The college will shortlist the candidates and will call them to attend the selection procedures for admission.

Contact details
Address: Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai-600059, Tamil Nadu
Phone: 044-22390675 / 22396772

4. SRM Institute of Science and Technology

The department of visual communication at SRM Institute of Science and Technology was started in the year 2004. It is one of the internationally reputed private institutions in the country to offer media studies. The Viscom department of SRM which comes under the School of Fine arts offers both UG(B.Sc) and PG(M.Sc) degree courses in Visual Communication. The department has a corporate advisory board and a board of studies with various industry experts and professors for the development of academic education related to visual media and communication. To develop the creativity and the visual knowledge of the students, SRM University sets a real-time environment with high-class infrastructure and facilities to learn media education. The Viscom department has film industry-oriented infrastructure such as visual studio with VTR Setup, photography studio, animation studio, recording theatre, edit suite, drawing lab and preview theatre. Efficient faculty with media knowledge and industry exposure gives good theoretical and practical learning exposure to the students. The department also encourages the students to attend seminars, workshops, conferences, symposiums, industrial visits, association activities, and events.

SRM follows its own admission process and selection stages. Online admissions will be opened before the start of every academic year. The candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria of SRM University has to submit the application form for the visual communication course and must follow the selection procedures as mentioned by the university on their official website.

Contact details
Campus 1- Kattankulathur:
Address: SRM Institute of Science and technology, SRM Nagar,
Kattankulathur - 603 203, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 91-44- 27417000,+91-44- 27417499

Campus 2- Ramapuram:
Address: Bharathi Salai, Ramapuram, Chennai - 600 089.
Phone: 044 3060 3042
Email: hod.viscom.rmp@

5. Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies (VISTAS)

The School of Mass Communication in Vels Institute offers B.Sc Visual Communication since the 2009-2010 academic year. It is noted that, Dr. Ishari.K. Ganesh, the chancellor of Vels University has strong media knowledge and hence he has taken the initiative to associate the creative minds with the field of media and entertainment through visual communication education in Vels institute. The course has a well-designed curriculum covering the important visual areas of film and television, multimedia, printing and publication. Vels Institute provides theory and practical education along with the professional training required to step inside the media and entertainment industry. The department of Visual Communication has well-qualified faculty, well-designed infrastructure and well-equipped shooting floor, recording studio, lecture hall, theatre and multimedia studio. Apart from classroom education, the department invites experts from the media industry to share their knowledge and experience with the students. The department also takes the students to various media houses and helps them to explore the professional world. For the career development of the students, the university assists their students in placement at the television channels, film and TV production units, advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers and other areas related to media and entertainment.

Aspirants who wish to enter the media field can apply for media studies in VISTAS by submitting the application form available for the academic year. The School of mass communication offers media-related B.Sc courses such as Visual communication, Game designing, Animation, Visual effects, Media arts, Digital design and Game arts. Other than the UG course, VISTAS also offers M.Sc visual communication and diploma courses in visual communication, designing and visual communication with VFX. The department admits only a limited number of students to the courses based on their creative portfolio.

Contact details
Address: Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies(VISTAS)
Velan Nagar, P.V. Vaithiyalingam Road, Pallavaram, Chennai - 600 117
Phone: + 91 - 44 - 2266 2500 / 2501 / 2502 / 2503


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