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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 (peter.hoelter@chemeketa.edu) for more information.

Social Media Changes

October 15th, 2015 by Peter Hoelter

We are pleased to announce some big changes to our social media efforts.

Visual Communications now has a official Facebook page. Like us to get official updates from the program as well as photos and design work from current students. Going forward this will be the official page for announcements, news, and program updates. Like us today — we promise to not flood your Timeline with link bait.

The previous Facebook Group will continue on as before, and faculty and staff will still contribute and moderate the discussions there. However, official posts will now only come from the new page.

Visual Communications has also joined Instagram at @chemeketavc. Follow us for a more visual look at what is happening in the program.

Four Servings of Photo Soup

April 3rd, 2015 by Bret Malley

The Line-Up

Wedding Photography and Natural Light–with Erich McVey

Tuesday | April 7th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Welcome to a new term of photography Noodle Soups! This spring we have a lineup of four servings of top-notch professional photographers presenting on a range of topics. If you have even a slight interest in photography–or you are wanting to take you considerable skills to the next level, be sure write down these dates and attend. Oh and don’t forget to bring your lunch–plus any and all questions you may have for the pros.

The first serving of Photo Soup is with Erich McVey. Erich is a wedding, portrait and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light and incredible scenery.

Using an approach that combines documentary and fine art styles, Erich captures beautiful, honest, and timeless images.

Recently selected as film photographer of the year by Belle Lumiere Magazine, Erich’s work has been featured in top wedding publications; including Brides Magazine, Pacific Weddings Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Weddings Unveiled Magazine, Bella Lumiere Magazine, Magnolia Rouge, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Reverie Magazine, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink, Ruffled, and The Knot, as well as the LA Times, and Design Sponge.

Speed Light Mastery; how to light any situation with flash–Jayesunn Krump

Tuesday | April 14th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Jayesunn Krump is an award winning photographer based in Portland, Oregon. With his extensive experience shooting indoor and out, working with all types of people, models, children, families, celebrities, and more, Jayesunn has become known as one of Portland’s premiere photographers and lighting experts.

Some of his clients include: Jerry Seinfeld, Ice Cube, Adam Carolla, Joshua Jackson, Sam Adams, Mythbusters, KROCK New York, Rick Emerson, Alice in Chains, Danzig, Incubus, Vanilla Ice, The Oregonian, and Willamette Week.

Photojournalism and How to Capture Culture–Brian Wytcherley

Tuesday | April 21st | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Brian Wytcherley received his formal education at Brooks Institute of Photography, where he graduated with special recognition. His other education came from Pokemon Snap®, where unfortunately he lost badly to his little sister and received no special recognition.

His experience is from working in remote and troubled regions of the world. Shooting for magazines, newspapers, books, and print exhibitions, Brian’s specialty is building trust with local communities and the organizations that serve them.

RAW Power; shooting in camera RAW, editing in Photoshop–Bret Malley

Tuesday | April 28th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Author and filmmaker Bret Malley is an award winning digital artist who lives in Portland Oregon with his wife, Erin and his toddler son, Kellen. He has an MFA in Computer Art from Syracuse University, and teaches photography, design and Photoshop among other things as a full-time faculty member at Chemeketa Community College. As a computer Artist, he is crazy about digital tools and art making of all kinds and especially working with Photoshop, his ultimate favorite of all applications.

Bret’s book, Adobe Master Class; Advanced Compositing in Photoshop is published through Adobe Press/Peachpit/Pearson and is out in all major bookstores in the US–and is currently being translated for Chinese markets as well.

This Spring – Shoot a film! Up your photo skills! Build some vectors!

February 26th, 2015 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 christine.linder@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.6473.

 

Photography

Photo by Brian Wytcherle

Photography 1

ART 265 | 4 credits | Fridays 9:30am–3:20pm

Spend your Fridays working with amazing photographer Brian Wytcherley. Investigates digital photography stressing competent SLR camera handling. Covers exposure control, digital management, image editing, printing, and presentation. Emphasizes important photographic themes, including still life, lighting, and composition. Instructor: Brian Wytcherley

Digital Photography 2

ART 266 | 4 credits | Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30am–12:20pm

Apply the basics you learned in Digital Photography 1 (ART265) to include studio work with an emphasis on lighting. Work with VC instructor Bret Malley in this advanced class. Prerequisite: ART265. Instructor: Bret Malley

Photo by Kelly James

Documentary Photography

ART 268 | 4 credits | Thursdays 6pm-9:50pm

Learn the art of storytelling! This course covers the concepts and aesthetics of documentary photography. Prerequisite: ART265. Instructor: Kelly James

Photo by Laura Lawn

Intro to Photography

ART 142 | 3 credits | Mondays evenings 6:00 – 9:50pm

Learn to get more from your digital camera and inkjet printer. Covers camera controls, exposure methods, basic image adjustments and composition. Previous computer experience required. Instructor: Laura Lawn

Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

FLM 265 | 3 credits | Tuesday evenings 6:00–9:50pm

Taught by Portland filmmaker Christian Bergmans, Documentary Filmmaking students work with camcorders or DSLRs and editing software to produce their own personal mini-documentaries in this entry-level course designed to explore filmmaking and professional production. Equipment provided. Instructor: Christian Bergmans

Design Software

Photoshop 1

VC 130 | 2 credits | Mondays 6pm-8:50pm or Online

This is an entry-level class for students with no previous experience in Photoshop. Previous computer experience required. Projects Include: Photo Restoration, Color Correction, Digital Illustration, Compositing, Type Effects. Instructor: Julian Harkema

Adobe Illustrator 2

VC 140 | 2 credits | Tuesdays 6pm–8:50pm

Have fun, as you explore the advanced techniques of vector software.  Prerequisite: VC139. Instructor: Carson Brown

Dreamweaver 1

VC 134 | 2 credits| Online

Entry-level class for students with no previous experience in web design. Introduces the concepts and techniques of web design software. PC or Mac acceptable. Dreamweaver CS5 or higher required on your home computer. Instructor: Heidi Shamberger

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 christine.linder@chemeketa.edu 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 (christine.linder@chemeketa.edu).