Visual Communication

The Visual Communications department is dedicated to training students for entry-level positions within the visual communications industry. Web/Media Designers are responsible for helping create multimedia based content and company websites. This can include creating web pages and interfacing with data storage applications. Media design includes, but is not limited to, interface design, video production, and marketing assistance. Web Designers must be familiar with a variety of programming languages and technologies, including both open source and closed source environments. Graphic Designers are responsible for much of what we see around us. Graphic design includes packaging, logos, brochures, publications, corporate identities, and more. They are integral in creating the "branding" of a corporation or product/service. Designers must work to master the Adobe applications and upon completion of the first year courses, students should be able to pass the Adobe Certified Expert certification tests. The curriculum provides learning experiences utilizing the latest industry-standard imaging software applications. Projects and Studio coursework provide opportunities for students to deal with clients and to accept responsibility for deadlines and quality control. Graduates assemble a comprehensive portfolio. Employment opportunities are found in a wide range of settings: print shops, web design studios, as a member of a support team in advertising, graphic design, or in-house design groups. The Digital Imaging/Prepress Technology One-Year Certificate comprises the first year of studies for the Visual Communication, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Students in the AAS degree program start with a common first year curriculum that also results in earning a certificate. In the second year, students choose a track in either Graphic Design of Web or Multimedia Design. By adding one additional class in Financial Management, students have an opportunity to earn a career pathway certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (ESB). This certificate is helpful for students planning on a freelance career in visual communications, or those who plan to run other small businesses.


The Visual Communications facilities include one graphic design and one digital imaging computer laboratory. Equipment similar to what is found in the offices of printers, designers, illustrators and publishers throughout the country are available. The facilities also include graphic design and fine art studios as well as display galleries for presenting student work and the work of other designers and artists. Facilities are handicapped accessible.