About Visual Communications
Who we are
Visual Communications includes what is commonly known as graphic design and web design. It is constantly evolving to reflect new media and the general buzz in the field of graphic arts.
The graphic design degree includes logo design, photography, layout, and illustration. Interactive media integrates work in web design (both design and coding with HTML/CSS) with graphic design and typography skills. Which ever track you choose, you will learn how to think critically about design and be ready to enter the professional workforce. The language of design provides a powerful core of knowledge and skills to help launch your work in any number of creative fields or transfer to a four-year school for further study. There are many career paths open to those willing to work hard to explore creative solutions and embrace new technologies.
All students share common fall and winter terms which includes basic design, software and media, drawing, typography, and general education classes. During spring term of your first year you meet with faculty to determine your degree path. You are welcome to stay for three or more years and complete both program options and take additional classes.
What you will learn
As part of the VC program, you will learn not only the technical skills, but also the teamwork and creative problem solving essential to a growing and changing career. Classes in illustration, photography, and filmmaking will open new possibilities for expanding your creative abilities. You will produce a portfolio of work including a personal logo, résumé and web site in preparation for entering the job market. A portfolio show is part of spring term your final year.
What is it like to be a part of VC?
As part of the VC program, you will learn not only the technical skills, but also the teamwork and creative problem solving essential to a growing and changing career. You will develop skills in graphic design, layout, typography, photography, and Web design while attaining an AAS degree. Classes in illustration, animation and filmmaking will open new possibilities for expanding your creative abilities.
You will produce both a print and a digital portfolio of work including a personal logo, résumé and web site in preparation for entering the job market. A portfolio show, introducing you to the business community, is part of spring term your final year.
Small class sizes allow for one-on-one critiques with instructors and lots of personal attention. You'll find instructors who are passionate about what they teach and students who are equally dedicated to their class work. We have two amazing Mac labs with wonderful technical support and the latest software.
It is an intense and demanding program. You will be challenged and you will smile as you work harder than you ever thought possible. The program is a great launching pad to wherever your creativity takes you.
We appreciate your interest in our program and hope you find this information helpful as you make decisions about your education. These words will provide a starting place for your research, but we encourage you to visit and learn more. We schedule informal overview sessions many times during the year. At this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, see examples of student work, tour the VC area, and get answers to all of your questions.
Visit the How To Apply section for step-by-step instructions for getting into the program.