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 kimberly.aland@austincc.edu 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 kimberly.aland@austincc.edu 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.

Austin Design Week Events at ACC

The Visual Communication department is excited to announce that Molly McClurg, UX Design professor, will be producing two workshops for Austin Design Week!

Thursday, November 8th – Designing an Experiment: What Can Designers Learn from a Scientist?

8:30AM – 10AM
ACC Northridge
Building 4000
Room 4136

Friday, November 9th – Transitioning to UX: Opening Doors to Your Design Career

8:30AM – 10AM
ACC Highland
Room CR1101 (in the Accelerator)

 

So, what is Austin Design Week
Austin Design Week is an annual design-centered week composed of free workshops, talks, studio tours, and events that celebrate Austin’s creativity. The design community will be showcasing the best in visual, interactive, web, mobile, product, industrial, architectural and civic design.

Why should you participate? 
You can learn from top-notch designers for FREE! Boost your career skills, network with industry professionals, and explore the cutting edge work being done by some of the city’s most innovative creators!

RSVP for ADW Events Today!

November 5th is just around the corner, and the schedule for the third annual Austin Design Week has gone live! *100 FREE EVENTS* 

AIGA/ACC Spring 2018 Recap

Spring 2018 was yet another activity-filled semester for AIGA/ACC. In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of our events.

 

We kicked off the semester in February with a presentation from Anthony & Natalie Armendariz, founders of local design agency Funsize. Anthony & Natalie shared their story in how they came to found one of Austin’s leading digital service and product design agencies. They also discussed the principles behind their business philosophy and the future of digital design. Afterward, they took time for a Q & A session from the audience. We want to extend a huge thank you to Natalie, Anthony, and their team for taking the time to share their experiences and expertise with us! Everyone had a great time and took away some valuable insights.

 

 

In April, Professor Frank Curry of the ACC Department of Professional Photography provided a demonstration on photographing both 2D & 3D objects at our event “The World Is Flat: Copywork For Designers & Photographers.” Professor Curry explained some of the foundational ideas behind photography as well techniques to offer the best results regardless of the camera you are using. It was an informative evening and we’d like to thank Professor Curry for his time, as well as hosting us at the Photography Department’s Stonehollow Photographic Studio!

 

 

 

We would like to congratulate our graduating officers, including our outgoing president Thomas Freeman, and thank them all for their contributions and hard work. We will be taking a break from events over the summer, but we will still be holding board meetings to prepare for Fall! In addition, we will also be assembling a new board of officers. If you have ever thought about participating, now is the perfect time to find out what we’re all about. For more information or to be added to the board meeting invite list, contact one of our faculty advisors. Follow us on Facebook for news and updates on all our upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

Spring 2018 Portfolio Show

The Visual Communication Department held a showcase for our graduating students at ACC’s Highland Campus on May 11th. The evening was well attended by guests from the professional design community as well as family, friends, faculty, and fellow students.

“It’s shocking how much the students manage to accomplish is such a short amount of time. The entire class worked feverishly the entire semester towards their goals. It’s at the portfolio show that they get the opportunity to showcase their passion for creativity and design,” noted Graphic Design Portfolio instructor Russell Toynes.

Graphic Design graduate and AIGA/ACC President Thomas Freeman added, “The portfolio show was a fantastic experience. My voice was sore from talking for over two hours, but I loved the opportunity to show people my work and chat with students coming up in the program. I think it’s a perfect end to the design curriculum and a fun celebration. Being in the portfolio class with talented designers was really special, and it was great to see everyone put their best foot forward and show off their hard work.”

The portfolio show also gave the User Experience Design graduates an opportunity showcase their skills. “Industry designers saw our student’s skills first hand by participating in user research activities and interacting with user interfaces, moderated and curated by our UX Design students,” said Instructor Molly McClurg. She added, “The support and turnout from fellow designers in Austin UX Design industry was overwhelming; we look forward to collaborating with Austin’s vibrant UX community as our program and students continue to grow and evolve.”

Best of luck to all our graduates with all their future endeavors! We invite everyone to visit our website for a gallery of graduate portfolios, as well as more information about our department and programs.

AIGA/ACC Fall 2017 Recap

Last semester was a busy one for AIGA/ACC. In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of some of the highlights.

 

We started off the semester in September with a pair of terrific presentations from Judy Shultz of OK Paper & Theresa Campbell of PIA MidAmerica. Judy discussed the importance of being confident in your work as a designer and communicating with your suppliers and printers. Teresa covered everything from the economics of the printing industry to augmented reality and AI. After their presentations, they held a Q&A session from the audience and Judy raffled off some swag bags from OK Paper! It was a lot of fun and we appreciate both of them graciously sharing their time and expertise with us.

 

 


In October we got together to screen
Debbie Millman‘s “A Brand Called You.” This engaging and informative video seminar was offered free for a limited time to AIGA members through CreativeLive. (Just one of the many benefits of membership.) I think everyone learned something and it was nice to share the viewing experience, discussing it as a group.

 

 

 

We capped things off in November with a VisCom Alumni speaker panel, asking our guests “What do you wish you knew before graduating?” They shared their stories of starting out in the professional world, offering advice and answering questions. It was great evening and we thank all our panelists for joining us. It was a perfect example of the sense of sharing and community AIGA can foster and there was discussion of making this an annual event.

 

 

 

Last but not least, we concluded the semester by electing a new board, with Thomas Freeman taking over presidential duties from now-graduated Cynthia Jefferies. We are extremely grateful to all our departing officers for all their hard work and excited to welcome all of our new officers to the team. We already have some exciting things in the works for Spring 2018, starting with a presentation by Anthony & Natalie Armendariz of local design agency Funsize on February 20. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates on all our upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

Fall 2017 Portfolio Show

On December 15th, the Visual Communication Department held a showcase for our graduating students in the newly opened Building 4000 at ACC’s Highland Campus.

Industry professionals, fellow students, faculty, family and friends attended the event to celebrate the accomplishments of these students. For the graduates, the show wasn’t just the cap to a very intensive semester, but to their entire journey through the Graphic Design program at ACC. Their hard work paid off with some impressive displays to share with the evening’s crowd. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all our grads, we look forward to seeing what you can accomplish!   

If you were unable to join us, you can view the online portfolios of this and previous semester’s graduates in our gallery of graduate portfolios.

 

   

Spring Enrollment is Here!

Spring semester begins January 16, and open registration is underway! Look over the spring course calendar and plan your upcoming schedule. Remember, registering early gives you the most class options, keeps you off the waitlist, and helps prevent courses from being cancelled due to low enrollment. Don’t wait until the last minute!

After you’ve registered, be sure to make your payments by the tuition deadline to ensure you don’t get dropped from your classes and have to re-enroll.

Finally, if you haven’t yet spoken with a VisCom Advisor, we highly encourage you to make an appointment. Advisors will be able to assist you in mapping out a course schedule that meets all the prerequisite and graduation requirements, as well as answer any questions you may have about your program.

 

 

AIGA/ACC Hits the Lanes

Austin creatives were out for a fun evening at the recent AIGA Bowling Tournament, sponsored by OK Paper at Highland Lanes.


As you can see in this photo, ACC was well represented. From left Dave Toedter, Thomas Freeman, Isaac Lara, Nelly Padron, Shawn McKinney, and Sean O’Toole-Pitts.

Thomas Freeman describes the event,
“While we didn’t take a trophy, I think we can all agree that we had a great time rolling strikes and gutters alike. We had some power players on our team, namely Dave Toedter. I think Isaac Lara wins the award for ‘most innovative bowling technique’ — really loved the behind-the-back-through-the-legs move. Our team was pretty fashionable in our DIY, spray-painted shirts. We recorded all of our strikes with a black X on our sleeves. Some were more marked up than others, but we all had a couple to show off! Thanks to Dave for designing the team logo and for everyone who helped get the shirts painted. Hope to bowl again next time!”