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Visual Communications

Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Video, Photography, Web Design, and Illustration

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Application Process

Visual Communications Overview Session

Your first step to applying to the program is to attend an Overview Session, even if you are sure that Visual Communications is the right place for you. If you have additional questions after you have been here and talked with us, make an appointment with Program Chair Peter Hoelter. You may also visit classes by contacting individual instructors. In addition, most of our evening classes are open to all students and they are a great way to see if the program is a good fit for you. The annual Portfolio Show is also open to everyone and is a good opportunity for you to talk with us and see the work of our amazing students. Complete term-by-term class sequences are available in the Classes section of this web site.

Program Applications

  1. Enroll in any required prerequisite courses indicated by your placement tests. You must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed all other prerequisite classes with a grade of "C" or higher before entering for the program. That means you may submit your application, but your acceptance is conditional on having completed any prerequisite courses.
  2. Assemble your stuff. Your application materials will include your VC application, entrance portfolio, essay, and transcripts. Submit your application via a Google Drive folder shared with Only applications submitted in this manner will be reviewed for entrance. More information on the portfolio and essay is available below.
  3. We usually accept 30-34 students into the program. We will accept applications after the closing date only if there are remaining slots in the program. This web site will have updated information on whether or not additional applications are being accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by email.
  4. If you need feedback regarding your application status for financial aid purposes, be sure to apply early. No feedback will be given during the last week of the term or during finals week.
  5. While the primary sequences of classes begins in fall, you may begin taking general education and some program classes at any time. Most program classes are only offered once a year. It will take a minimum of two academic years to complete the program, beginning in fall term. You may take additional time to complete the program as needed without re-applying to the program.

Application Essay

We would like to hear why the Visual Communications Program is the next step in your education and career path. This should be a one-page essay, written from a personal perspective. Write a brief summary of your background, including any previous experiences, education, hobbies, and work that have brought you here. Write about anything that you feel is relevant, from family history, mentors, and inspirations, to what you find yourself happiest doing. Then tie this into what led you to Chemeketa and the VC program. The final paragraphs should include what you would like to do with your new or enhanced skills and abilities after completing your degree here. This may include additional education as well as career choices, both immediately on graduation and for long-range goals. There are no right answers here, just your thoughtful reflections on why you would like to join us.

Entrance Portfolio

Your entrance portfolio should include 9-12 examples of any visual work that you have done. This may be in a single medium or comprised of a number of media. For example, your portfolio may include 12 photographs, 12 pieces of fine art, or 12 works of graphic or web design. On the other hand you may want to include 3 drawings, 3 photographs, 2 web pages, 1 photograph of a sculpture and 3 scans of character sketches. Neatness and craft count regardless of media.

Your portfolio of work would then be submitted via a link to a Google Drive folder. Share your application folder with Do not e-mail individual applications and portfolios to this address—you must share your information using Google Drive. Everything must be included in a single folder.

The video below includes detailed instructions on how to assemble your application folder. View in full-screen mode to catch all of the details.