The Communications & Digital Studies program in the applied visual arts focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Communication & Digital Studies major (via Focus2): Decision making, fine arts, managing time, problem solving, reading comprehension, reasoning.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Communication & Digital Studies major! Some areas of career options are business, PR, advertising, media, nonprofit, government, higher education.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
Communication & Digital Studies – Current Job Opportunities
Note: Job & Internship opportunities are pulled from UMW’s online job and internship database, Handshake, and update every 12 hours. Log into your UMW Handshake account to find hundreds of other opportunities and events.
Communication & Digital Studies – Current Internship Opportunities
Communication & Digital Studies Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Communication & Digital Studies Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 305
Knowledge Rate: 9%
Career Outcome Rate: 84%
- Employed Full-time: 54%
- Employed Part-time: 8%
- Grad School: 19%
- Seeking Employment: 8%
- Waiting on Grad School: 12%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
Communication & Digital Studies – Alumni Bios & Advice: Interested in learning where our grads land? Need some alumni advice? Read about our successful Eagle alums here.
Alumni Videos: Visit the Communications & Digital Studies Alumni playlist on our Youtube page to learn more about our successful alums.
- American Advertising Federation
- American Business Women’s Association
- Association for Talent Development
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- Association for Women in Communications
- Health Sciences Communication Association
- International Association of Business Communicators
- International Communication Association
- Magazine Publishers of America
- National Association of Broadcasters
- National Communication Association
- Public Relations Society of America