Come study with us and become part of our diverse community. We can help you reach your career goals with affordable, hands-on training. Classes are held at the Northridge, South Austin, and Highland Campuses and include evening and distance learning courses. With small class sizes and one computer per student in digital classes, the Visual Communications Department offers an outstanding and accessible educational experience.
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.
Already a current student in VisCom? Here’s where you can find connections that enhance your college experience – from scholarships to internships and many points between. Interested in becoming more than just a face in the crowd? Ready to make more connections between your degree and the industry? Explore great ways to connect here – whether it be through internships or student groups, you’ll find a variety of activities and resources available to you to support and expand your learning experience.
Open Lab Hours
Open lab time is available to registered VisCom students in classrooms at the Northridge, South Austin, and Highland campuses. Open lab hours are posted on the door to each classroom and will change each semester based on availability. In addition, tutoring is available during certain open lab hours.
Open lab time is for VisCom class assignments only; do not use it for non-departmental classes, personal, or outside work. Open lab rules are posted in each room. Failure to comply with these rules may result in loss of open lab privileges.
For a complete list of open lab times and tutor availability, click below.
VisCom students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a department advisor. Advisors will be able to describe the various degrees, answer your questions, and assist you in mapping out a course schedule. They can also help you with possible transfer credits from other schools and ensure you are meeting all the requirements to graduate.
South Austin Campus
Visual Communication awards four scholarships to Viscom students: the Edwina Fredlund Traverso Endowed Scholarship, the Ben Clough Endowed Scholarship, the Didi Stuart Endowed Scholarship in the Graphic Arts, and the Visual Communication Endowed Scholarship. The number of awards and the dollar amount is based on the funds available each year. To apply, fill out the general scholarship application. The deadline for all of these scholarships is April 1.
Purpose: To reward academic achievement, recognize individual accomplishment and assist deserving students in completing the course work for the associate of applied science in Visual Communication.
Purpose: This scholarship is available to students enrolled in the Visual Communication Department at Austin Community College. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books
Purpose: To assist students enrolled in the Visual Communication Department at Austin Community College.
Purpose: To assist second year students enrolled in the ACC Visual Communication program.
AIGA/ACC & AIGA Austin
Has anyone urged you to network for success? Consider joining the AIGA/ACC Student Group! As part of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the oldest and largest professional design organization, AIGA/ACC was founded to create opportunities for students to get involved in the local design community. In addition, members can access a network of people and resources, develop greater sense of community among peers, and build valuable leadership skills necessary in the professional world.
As an ACC student, joining AIGA automatically makes you a member of the group. After choosing your membership level, you will select your local chapter and be given the option to choose a student group. You will then be entitled to all the benefits of AIGA, as well as AIGA Austin and AIGA/ACC.
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There are many advantages to participation in an internship, including acquiring “real-world” work experience and developing useful employment contacts. You can sign up below to be notified of internships where you can gain experience —though not course credit. In this case, you will work directly with the employer to negotiate the terms of the internship.
Or, take the internship class
The internship class (IMED 2388) is a college credit course in which you will combine theory and practice by working on training assignments in the areas of Graphic Design and Production or User Experience Design. Most internships are unpaid and follow the ACC calendar beginning the first week of each semester. Some employers require that interns be enrolled in an internship class.
How does the class work?
- To qualify, a student must have taken at least 30 hours in the Visual Communication department.
- Start early! Contact the class instructor during the month before the semester begins, or even earlier since some companies look for interns months in advance.
- The instructor will go over details of the class and approve the student to register for the internship class.
- Instructor provides contact information for possible internships and the student contacts the company to apply for the position.
- By the first week of the semester the student should have an internship offer. The student will be expected to work 12-18 hrs/week.
Melinda Barker – email@example.com 512-223-9267
Sue Durban – firstname.lastname@example.org 512-223-4838
Jen Jones – email@example.com 512-223-4838
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