The Visual Communications program is located on the second floor of Building 4 on the Salem campus of Chemeketa Community College. We have several rooms dedicated to the program for lectures, labs, and open student workspaces. Our facilities were extensively remodeled during 2013-2014 and now feature state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, studios, and student areas. All of our VC classes are held in our facilities.
Building 4; Room 231
This is where you will find most of our students when they are not in class, and well as our instructional assistant — Julian Harkema's — office. There is a work area to trim and mount your projects for critique, and well as lunch tables, student fridge and microwave, and cafe-style seating. We have pay-as-you-print networked color laser printer that students have access to. The printer is of extremely high quality and is the type you would find at a high-end print shop.
Building 4; Room 229
This Mac lab features 24 current iMacs with scanner access to every computer. The instructor has access to dual overhead projectors, a high-end audio system, and an Apple TV to project screens of iPhone and iPad devices. A copy of Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 is installed on every station, as well as Microsoft Office 2011, Panic's Coda and Transmit (Web design applications), Suitcase Fusion (font management), and other design and productivity software.
Building 4; Room 231C
This lab has 24 current iMacs and is primarily used for our photography classes. It includes two large-format Epson photo printers (Epson 4900) and one smaller Epson printer, both dedicated to or digital photography classes. This lab is often open for student use when not used for classes.
Building 4; Room 233
This room has our digital photography and filmmaking studio setups. Lighting, backdrops, and props are available to the students in those courses. There is also photo and filmmaking equipment for student's to check-out for use outside of the classroom.
Gutenburg Lecture Hall
Building 4; Room 225
This is the large lecture hall and seats over 40 students and hosts our graphic design, typography, and other lecture-based courses. Examples of excellent student work can be found on the walls and shelves of this room. This is where we hold class critiques of design work, and our annual Portfolio Show.
Studio Shark Tank Seminar Room
Building 4; Room 231B
This room hosts our studio course, in which student work with real clients on real project. It's small size, high tables, and large screen monitor help facilitate collaborative conversations with clients and classmates.