ACC’s Visual Communication Program prepares you to jump into profitable, creative careers with training in graphic design, illustration, user experience design, 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.
Students wishing to enter any of our programs of study are not required to have art, design or computer experience, although it is helpful. We hope you will bring enthusiasm to our classes as well as a willingness to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to work in teams, and to commit to learning.
Classes in Visual Communication can benefit students just out of high school, people who’d like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills.
Associate Degrees & 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 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.
Enhanced Skills Certificate
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.