Whether it’s via computer, smartphone or digital assistance systems, when it comes to explaining and presenting the wide range of technical products available, communication experts with technical skills are needed. The use of videos, graphics and virtual reality is becoming increasingly important in this field. Our bachelor’s degree programme in Visual Technical Communication (BSc) is our response to this development. It is directed at anyone interested in on-screen design, communicating through animation and film and who want to tell exciting stories about all aspects of technology.
The Visual Technical Communication degree programme is the first in Germany to combine visualisation, technology and communication. It is directed at anyone who mainly wants to work with visual formats in technical journalism and technical communication. The media world is digital and mobile. Already, many people access information mainly via their smartphone and prefer social media and video platforms such as YouTube as sources of information. Visual formats are becoming more important. Videos, photos, graphics and virtual reality (VR) will continue to revolutionise communication beyond language barriers.
First, students in the bachelor’s degree programme in Visual Technical Communication (BSc) learn the manual tools used by media professionals and become acquainted with the professional fields in technical communication. This content is supplemented by the MINT subjects - mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and technology. Students further develop their theoretical and practical knowledge in forms of visual presentation, produce different film formats and acquire knowledge from corporate and market communication.
During the practical semester (5th semester), students gain direct experience of working for editorial boards, agencies and companies. As an alternative, they can also complete a study semester abroad. In an interdisciplinary creative module, they are presented with visualisation challenges. Students provide evidence of their skills as communication professionals through practical work in the media, which also serves as a reference when entering into the profession, before completing the degree programme with a bachelor thesis and the colloquium.
Perspectives and job prospects
The demand for specialists who are able to communicate complex technical material is high. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree programme in Visual Technical Communication (BSc) work as video journalists, social media editors and PR consultants on editorial boards in journalistic media, publishing houses, production companies, agencies and press and PR departments.
Building on the bachelor’s degree programme in Visual Technical Communication (BSc), the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences offers the master’s degree programme in Technology and Innovation Communications (MSc).
Language knowledge required
All teaching is conducted in German. Very good knowledge of German is required.
We offer our Visual Technical Communication degree (BSc) on our Sankt Augustin Campus. The Sankt Augustin Campus is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and easy to reach by car or public transport from Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf or Koblenz. For us, outstanding technical infrastructure, well-equipped editorial rooms and TV and radio studios are an integral part of the programme, as are PC pools, Wi-Fi throughout the university and regional library with the latest equipment.