Save the Date! Fall 2019 Graphic Design Portfolio Show is December 12

You are cordially invited to join the Visual Communication department on Thursday, December 12 as we showcase the work of our graduating graphic design students.

This is a free event, open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated as refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

The event will be held on the lower level of building 4000 at the ACC Highland Campus.

Questions can be directed to our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland, at 512-223-4846 or

Spring 2020 Course Registration

Now’s the time to start thinking about spring courses. You can preview our spring schedule online here or start planning on the Self-Service portal.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 14 – Course registration for current and returning students opens
  • Monday, October 28 – New student course registration opens
  • Monday, January 6 is the first tuition payment deadline
  • Tuesday, January 21 – 16-week Spring 2020 classes start

2019-2020 Degree Map Links

Want to know where you are in your program? Or you want to see what classes you should be taking? Reach out to our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland to set-up an advising appointment at

December Graduation Application Deadline is October 4th

Ready to graduate? Congratulations!

In order to officially receive your degree or certificate, you must complete a graduation application. If you are looking to graduate in December 2019, then you need to complete your graduation application before the Friday, October 4th deadline. The applications are all done online in the Student Self-Service portal.


Here are the steps to submit a graduation application:

  1. Sign-in to the Student Self-Service portal.
  2. Click Graduation Overview.
  3. Click Apply under Application status on the right-hand side.
  4. Select your graduation term, verify your name that will be listed on your diploma is correct, and confirm your mailing address.
  5. Click submit, and you’re done!


More information about graduation can be found here. As a note, commencement is Friday, December 13 2019.


Not sure if you have have the courses you need? Please contact our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland, at to set-up an advising appointment.

Spring 2019 Portfolio Show

Graduating students of the Visual Communication Department’s Graphic Design program were showcased on May 16 in the Spring 2019 Portfolio Show. The show was a great success with guests from the professional design community as well as family, friends, and faculty turning out to share in the celebration.

The show marked a milestone for the students, a culmination of years of preparation as they worked their way through the program. Finally, after years of hard work and perseverance, they were able to share the fruits of their labor on their final evening together before Commencement. We’d like to offer a sincere congratulations and best of luck to all our graduates with all their future endeavors!

If you were unable to join us for the show, you can view the online portfolios of this and previous semester’s graduates in our gallery of graduate portfolios. If you are interested in becoming a graduate yourself, take a look at our programs or reach out to our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland for more information. 

Fall Registration is Now Open

Looking to start taking design classes? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to use tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? You can explore all of our fall 2019 Visual Communication class offerings here.

If you have questions about any of our programs or classes, then please contact our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland for details. Her email is or by calling 512-223-4846.


If you’re new to ACC, then your first step in order to take classes is to submit an ACC Admissions application here. Once you have completed that process, you will receive your student ID which you’ll need to log-in to the Self-Service portal to register and pay for classes.


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Other related questions can be directed to Admissions and Records. You can find their contact information here.

UX Case Study Workshop 3/8

In this User Experience Case Study Workshop, UX Design Professor, Molly McClurg will teach you about case studies: the presentations that act as the building blocks of your UX Portfolio.

We will discuss how to tell your story, explain your design process, and showcase what you’ve learned throughout the User Experience program.

Please come to the workshop with an in-progress or completed project to use for your case study. It’s okay if you don’t think it’s “portfolio worthy” yet. Your coursework is completely acceptable to bring in!

Friday, March 8th
1:00-4:00 p.m.
NRG 4262

Questions About this Event?
Contact Molly McClurg:
Kimberly Aland:

ACC Scholarships Deadline for Fall 2019 semester is April 1

The ACC Foundation offers scholarships for ACC students based on financial need, family status, educational background, high school, or academic major. The online General Scholarship Application lets you search, view, and access hundreds of opportunities. Best of all, you only need to submit one application to be considered.

The General Scholarship Application for the Fall 2019 semester is currently available. Applications must be received by April 1 for priority consideration for the spring and summer semesters.

View all ACC scholarship opportunities online here.

For questions about applying for scholarships, email

Print and Graphics Scholarship Deadline is March 1

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships up to $5,000 to eligible students. Applicants must be pursuing a career in Graphic Communications, Technology, or Management at a technical school or college located in the U.S. Applicants must also be a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

To apply and receive more information, please visit The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation website.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private industry directed organization that dispenses technical school, undergraduate and graduate fellowship assistance to men and women interested in a career in the graphic communications field.

AIGA | ACC Spring 2019 Kickoff Event: Open Design Night

Join the AIGA | ACC student group for their kickoff event for the spring semester. At the South Austin campus, we will be hosting an Open Design Night for students to mix and mingle with their peers, work on their projects and coursework, and learn more about the resources that the Visual Communication department has to offer. We hope to see you there!

DATE: Thursday, January 31

TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

ROOM: 1211

You can learn more about AIGA and how to become a member online here.

AIGA Business of Design: Part II

Join the ACC / AIGA student group as they present part two of their Business of Design series centered on building a portfolio. Visual Communication professors, Joseph Bullard and Russell Toynes, will be demystifying design portfolios and sharing their best practices for making a good first impression to employers. Come learn, network, and ask all of your unanswered portfolio questions in a casual cafe setting.


Wednesday, November 28

Northridge Campus

Bldg 1000 Cafe

7:00-9:00 p.m.


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