Applications for fall 2015 program entry

Late applications to the visual communications program for fall 2015 entry are being accepted through July 31. Contact Karen Blakley, program coordinator, for more information.

Degree information

What can I do with a degree in visual communications?

A degree in visual communications will give you the skills to enter the field of graphic, web, and digital media design. Designers are creative thinkers and problem solvers who create visual solutions that meet their clients' needs. The designer's process involves analyzing, brainstorming, and developing concepts that address the client's need to inform or market to a target audience in a visually compelling way.

Graphic designers prepare artwork and designs for many purposes and in a variety of media. Some examples include brochures, logos, business identity systems, advertisements, product packaging, web sites, user interface, motion graphics, and interactive displays.

Whatcom's visual communications curriculum balances the development of conceptual and visual problem solving skills with the development of technical skills and knowledge of current industry practices. The first year of study includes foundation courses in art and design and is open to all WCC students. Admission into the second year is by special application. In the second year, students learn skills in up-to-date computer technology with courses in illustration, typography, digital imaging, publication design, web design and digital media design. The second year may also include an internship at a supervised worksite where the student gains practical experience in the field.


What are the program prerequisites?

To apply for admission to the second year of visual communication courses, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • Placement into ENGL 101, or completion of ENGL 100 / ESLA 117
  • Completion of the following courses:
    • ART 112 - Drawing I (3 or 5 credits) and,
    • ART 115 or 116 - 2D or 3D Design (3 or 5 credits) and,
    • ART 185 - Introduction to Graphic Design (5 credits) and,
    • One of the following
      • ART 100& - Art Appreciation or,
      • ART 114 - History of Graphic Design or,
      • ART 150 - History of Photography or,
      • ART 205 - Western Art 18th-mid 20th Century or,
      • ART 215 - Western Art WWII-Present

What is the application process and deadline?

Admission into the second year visual communications program is by special application. 

Application deadline: April 13, 2015
Portfolio deadline: April 20-24, 2015

Late applications to the visual communications program for fall 2015 entry are being accepted through July 31. Contact Karen Blakley, program coordinator, for more information.

You must complete the following steps by the program application deadline to be considered for program acceptance:

STEP 1 – Apply to Whatcom Community College.

Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification (SID) number in order to apply for the visual communications program and pay related fees.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at, by phone 360.383.3001, or in person at the entry/advising office, LDC 116. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2 – Obtain and complete visual communications selective application forms.

Download the visual communications application or contact the selective entry coordinator by phone at 360.383.3030 or by email at

STEP 3 – Pay application fee

Students must pay the application fee ($25.00) on or before the application deadline. If submitting payment by mail, include a completed application fee payment form (page 3 of the application).

STEP 4 - Submit visual communications application form and supporting materials by the application deadline

Submit the completed visual communications program application for selective entry form, including all required documentation, in one complete packet. All materials must be received at the WCC registration/records office by the deadline Your packet should include:

  • Completed application for selective entry admission
  • Completed applicant checklist
  • Official transcripts from all previous attended colleges where you earned credits that may apply to the visual communications degree. (Including transcripts in this packet is not necessary if you arranged to have them sent directly to WCC admissions.)

Incomplete files will not be considered for acceptance. Late applications will be considered only if there is space available.

STEP 5 - Submit portfolio of art/design samples in a separate packet by the portfolio deadline.

Please see the "portfolio submission" section (page 7) of the visual communications application form for specific requirements.

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