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Application Period for VC is Now Closed

August 23rd, 2017 by Peter Hoelter

The VC program application period for fall 2017 has officially closed.

We have started a waiting list for fall and will review applications as space becomes available. Please contact Program Chair Peter Hoelter ( for more information.

VC Instructor Bret Malley Publishes Photoshop Compositing Book

August 1st, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Late June saw the release of full-time VC faculty member Bret Malley’s book Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop: Bringing the Impossible to Reality. The 360-page book is full of excellent compositing techniques, artist interviews, and artwork by Bret that include his toddle son performing amazing feats. Bret will also be a presenter at the PeachPit Press booth at Photoshop World in Las Vegas in September. Congratulations to Bret on publishing his first (and certainly not last) book!

Part-time Faculty Openings in Visual Communications

June 3rd, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Wanted: Design Instructors

The Visual Communications program at Chemeketa Community College has a number of part-time faculty positions open for the 2014-2015 academic year. There are openings for a Graphic Design instructor, Web Design instructor, and Illustration instructor. Teaching opportunities range from a single-term class to full-year in-depth sequences. Either way, you get to work with amazingly talented students in a newly-remodeled space.

Interested? Apply online through the Chemeketa HR Web site.

Click through for more information on each opening…

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Photography: Forming Style & Starting a Business

April 19th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Join Angela Shae on Wednesday, April 23rd from 11:30am – 12:30pm in 4/278 for a Noodle Soup titled “Photography: Forming Style & Starting a Business”. Angela is a former student and currently a professional photographer.

Spring into Creativity with Courses from VC

March 11th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Photography, filmmaking, and graphic software headline the Visual Communications late afternoon, evening, and online classes this spring.

You do not need to be a VC program student to enroll in these courses, but some do have prerequisites.

All courses listed meet for the full eleven-week term. See the schedule timetable for additional information on how to register for these classes. For questions about these or other classes, contact Christine Linder at or 503.399.6473.


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Celebrate 30 Years of Darkroom Photography at the Out of the Dark Party

March 4th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Join us as we turn on the lights and commemorate 30 years of darkroom photography at Chemeketa at our Out of the Dark party.

Friday March 14, 3–6pm
Visual Communications Darkroom 4/284

Bring in a negative and make one last print before we close the darkroom. Light refreshments will be provided.

Check the schedule each term for a full listing of all photography courses. VC will continue to offer a full selection of digital photography classes. The college will continue to offer darkroom photography through the Art Program.

February Overview Session Postponed Due to Weather

February 10th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Carson and Violet

The Visual Communications Overview Session scheduled for this week (February 11th) has been postponed until Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 from 4:30pm–6:00pm.

If you would like information about the Visual Communication at Chemeketa, we invite you to attend an overview session. In these sessions, we talk about the program, show student work, provide information about the application process, and discuss transfer and career options. You will also be able to meet some of our faculty members and current program students.

For questions, please contact Christine Linder (

PNCA to Visit Chemeketa for Portfolio Reviews

January 7th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter

Representatives from Pacific Northwest College of Art will be on the Chemeketa campus to conduct portfolio reviews. The reviews will take place on Tuesday, January 21st from 1-3:00pm in The Gretchen Shuette Art Gallery. A sign-up sheet is available in the art gallery.

Explore your creativity in new mediums this winter

December 11th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter

Explore your creativity in new mediums this winter! Work with dedicated professional designers, illustrators and photographers in small classes in our Mac lab and other facilities. For more information about these or other classes in graphic design or interactive media, contact Christine Linder at or 503.399.6473.

Check the schedule timetable for additional information needed for online registration. All courses listed meet for the full ten-week term.

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VC Photography Instructor Wins Celeste Prize

December 10th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter

Congratulations to photography and illustration instructor Alex Solomon on winning the Celeste Prize, an international arts prize for artists worldwide. He won for his photograph David and the Climb Up (pictured left).

In Alex’s words: “This work could be described as a parody of a landscape. Overtly epic and absurdly sublime; my goal is not to satirize but to make what I believe a contemporary landscape should be. And it’s odd.

Alex will be teaching ART265 Digital Photography 1 this coming Winter term on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register today!

Read more at the Celeste Prize Web site »