Our Program

ACC’s Visual Communication Program prepares you to jump into profitable, creative careers, with training in graphic design, illustration, user experience design, design coding, and graphic arts technology. Our top-notch faculty includes local industry professionals eager to provide you with real world knowledge from years of experience in the business.

ACC offers several two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees in the areas below, as well as multiple certificates requiring four to six semesters of study. After graduation you’ll be ready for a picture-perfect career.

Associate Degrees

Graphic Arts Technology

Graphic Arts Technology will prepare you for a career in technical support for graphic design. You’ll acquire advanced computer and production skills, an in-depth knowledge of print processes, and basic web page support skills. Our faculty are experts in graphic design with years of experience in their disciplines—they’ll help you learn how to troubleshoot the most complicated production problems. And our computer labs are fitted with the latest software, so you’ll master the right tools for the job.

Graphic Design

Graphic design involves taking different elements—typography, photography, illustrations—and orchestrating them to produce a single, powerful message. It involves form, balance, structure, rhythm, and harmony. Graphic design involves working in different media, conceptual thinking, effective planning, organization, and communicating with expertise and intuition. In our graphic design program, you’ll work with other motivated students to learn the tools, technologies, and concepts that will help you become a graphic designer, assistant art director or digital artist.

UX: User Experience

Our approach is multidisciplinary — we blend UX concept and method courses, software instruction, and UXLab for an engaging, fast-paced educational experience. Students begin their journey in the Survey of User Experience Design course. Here you are introduced to common UX Methods, including design strategy and research, user centered design, design thinking, concepting, visual design, user interface design, prototyping, design + coding, and testing. With the support and mentoring of full-time faculty and the experience of our adjunct instructors, who are UX industry practitioners, you will gain applied understanding, and practical knowledge of relevant UX methods and deliverables.

Level II Certificates

Graphic Arts Technology

Graphic Arts Technology will prepare you for a career in technical support for graphic design. You’ll acquire advanced computer and production skills, an in-depth knowledge of print processes, and basic web page support skills. Our faculty are experts in graphic design with years of experience in their disciplines—they’ll help you learn how to troubleshoot the most complicated production problems. And our computer labs are fitted with the latest software, so you’ll master the right tools for the job.

Graphic Design

This specialized course of study is structured to establish the principles of graphic design and art direction. Courses in the program will offer students the opportunity to develop a real world skill set through the acquisition of conceptual thinking skills combined with practical technical skills using state of the art software and hardware.

UX: User Experience

Our approach is multidisciplinary — we blend UX concept and method courses, software instruction, and UXLab for an engaging, fast-paced educational experience. Students begin their journey in the Survey of User Experience Design course. Here you are introduced to common UX Methods, including design strategy and research, user centered design, design thinking, concepting, visual design, user interface design, prototyping, design + coding, and testing. With the support and mentoring of full-time faculty and the experience of our adjunct instructors, who are UX industry practitioners, you will gain applied understanding, and practical knowledge of relevant UX methods and deliverables.

Advanced Technical Certificate

Design Coder

Coding skills and the user experience come together through a sequence of eight online classes in our Design Coder certificate program. The certificate is designed to give students, professional designers, and experienced front-end coders the opportunity to not only develop their coding skill-set, but also introduce them to foundational UXUI concepts, processes, and methods. This training is led by professors from the Visual Communication and Computer Studies departments.

NOTE: To be admitted to this program, a student must hold a Baccalaureate or Associate Degree that includes one semester of HTML/CSS and one semester of Basic Graphic Design or one semester of Image Editing software training. Department approval is also required. Contact a department advisor for more information.

Enhanced Skills Certificate

Illustration

Illustration

In our illustration program you’ll learn how to illustrate with traditional materials as well as create digital illustrations using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You’ll practice different styles of illustration, and you’ll learn how to make your illustrations work hand-in-hand with the subject you’re illustrating.

NOTE: This advanced certificate is designed for Visual Communication students who have already completed an Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communication and/or an Associate of Art (or higher) in Art.