Visual Communications

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.

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 interactive 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?
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 program will be considered only if there is space available. You must complete the following steps by the program application deadline to be considered for program acceptance:

STEP 1 – Apply to Whatcom Community College.
STEP 2 – Obtain and complete Visual Communications selective application forms.
STEP 3 – Pay application fee
STEP 4 - Submit all application forms and materials

Career & Salary Outlook

Graphic design occupations are currently in demand in Washington State. As an entry-level designer, you may be hired in the range of $15.10 to $18.02 per hour; the average hourly wage for Washington’s designers is $25.77 per hour. Many Graphic Designers are self-employed.

Sources: WA State Employment Security Department, September 2013; Washington Occupation Information System, 2013.

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