New Design Studio I Course Engages Students with Real World Experiences

Rachel Wyatt, an adjunct Graphic Media Production instructor, taught our first launch of Design Studio I, an introduction to working with clients for our Graphic Design, Graphic Media Production, and Visual Design students.

Students worked with the Elisabet Ney Museum and Elizabeth Christian Public Relations to design and produce event assets for the museum’s 2020 Polkapocalypse Virtual Event. Students created the event banner, social media ads for Facebook and Instagram, presentation slides, and merchandise graphics.

Visual Design student, Zoe Axelrod said, “In Design Studio, you get assigned different roles in each project. This round, I was project manager, and I’d never done anything like that before. It was not only a learning experience, but a genuinely fun and rewarding one, too. I definitely made mistakes, but it was nice to have a safe space where I could mess up and grow from it.”

This safe learning environment led by Wyatt, an experienced Creative Director, proved to be an exceptional experience for both students and the client. “Working with Rachel and her design class for the Polkapocalypse virtual event project was a joy. As the Elisabet Ney Museum staff worked to pivot the live event to a virtual one…each team helped push the aesthetic in a really positive and productive way.” said David Wyatt, Senior Vice President of Elizabeth Christian Public Relations.

Students learned the ins and outs of what collaborating on a project actually looks and feels like for a designer. “It was also very rewarding to take ideas from the beginning stage and create something that both my team and the client were happy with. I think all of these different learning experiences and opportunities is what really makes Design Studio unique and very useful to apply towards future work in design.” said Graphic Design student, Colton Diab.

Polkapocalypse was produced by the Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife in October 2020, with support from Texas Commission on the Arts. Texas Folklife receives support from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin, and the Elisabet Ney Museum is a part of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

Graphic Design Student Awarded AIGA Scholarship

Congratulations to Hanna Holt, a graphic design student at Austin Community College, who was chosen as the 2020 Maura Rose Kampa scholarship recipient. This annual award from the Austin chapter of AIGA, a national professional organization for designers, grants one student a $2,000 academic scholarship and mentorship with Ben Harman, the award-winning associate design director for GSD&M. The Maura Rose Kampa Scholarship seeks to provide mentorship and financial assistance to talented undergraduate students of design, advertising, illustration, and photography in Austin, TX.

Holt started her mentorship a few weeks ago via Zoom, and she said she feels incredibly grateful for this opportunity with Ben Harman. She noted she’s already learned a lot under his guidance and he’s given her advice on design process, projects, and deadlines.

As a part-time student, Holt is in her final semester and will be graduating this December. Holt spoke highly of her time at ACC, saying: “I would recommend the graphic design program at ACC to anyone and everyone, and I am known to do so at social gatherings (pre-pandemic, of course). Anyone with an ear and an interest in making things is pretty much subject to my ravings about the program. I love the learning pace that ACC has to offer as a community college.” She noted that she appreciates the practicality of the program—especially considering how it’s designed for the fast pace of the design industry.

“I have gained so much knowledge, from the conceptual aspects of design to the tiniest technical print specifications. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned. I’ve also continued to see how beloved the design program is amongst working designers in Austin, which gives me a lot of pride and excitement in terms of future design opportunities,” said Holt.

Congratulations again to Hanna Holt and best of luck to her in the future! Students can learn more about the AIGA Maura Rose Kampa scholarship here. We encourage all interested students to apply; the annual application process opens in the spring.

Fall 2020 Program Changes

Every year our course curriculum is reviewed by industry advisory committees. When we last met in Fall of 2019 they approved program changes so our classes will continue to align with industry standards.

Some class codes, class titles, and prerequisites have changed which may affect you. These changes are especially important if you are on financial aid because oftentimes financial aid will only cover courses that are on your catalog.




Am I on the 2020-2021 map? How can I tell? 

You are grandfathered into the catalog that you started on and you are given five years to complete that program before automatically being moved up to the latest map. For example, if you started in fall of 2018, then you will be on the 2018-2019 map. You can check what program map you are on under Self Service > Student Planning > View Progress > At a Glance.


How can I see what program map, major, or catalog I’m on?

You can check what program map you are on under Self Service > Student Planning > View Progress > At a Glance.


How can I change my program map, major, or catalog? 

You can request for your program or major to be changed by emailing


How can I tell if these changes will affect me?

Some course numbers will change, and some courses will require substitutions. Read the table below, and if you still have questions, then please email


Who can I talk to about issues with registration?

You can see instructions on how to register here. If you’re having issues, then please email with your student ID.


What do I do if I receive an email saying a course is ineligible for financial aid?

Please email Kimberly Aland at to double check if there is a substitution that can be made so financial aid will cover the class. The substitutions can be made as soon as you’re registered for the class, so please check the table below to see if your class is listed as a class that may need a substitution.


Please feel free to schedule an advising appointment with Kimberly Aland, our Program Specialist, if you’d like to discuss your program map, your progress, or how these changes may affect you. You may also email her at

New VisCom Student? Here’s How to Get Started

Looking to start taking design classes? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to use tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? You’re in the right place!

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.

If you’ve taken classes at ACC before, then please contact the Area of Study Advising office to make sure you do not have any holds on your account that would prevent you from registering for classes.


Explore Classes for next semester:

ACC Course Schedules


Not sure how to register?
Here are step-by-step registration instructions.


Questions about our design classes or want to set-up an advising appointment?
Please contact our departmental advisor, Jennifer Jones, at


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



Summer Registration Opens May 4 and Fall Registration Opens June 8

Important Dates and Information:

  • Need help registering? Follow this link for instructions on how to register
  • View all Registration and Important Dates here
  • View Tuition Deadlines here

Please email VisCom Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland, if you need to be granted a student petition to register for a class. Include your eID and what course you would like to register for. Her email is


ACC Scholarship Applications are Live! Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020

Earn a Scholarship for Next Year!

Applications Due May 1, 2020

The ACC Foundation has a one-and-done application for current students to apply to the 700 scholarships they offer. Applications are open now, so go to to apply.


Please note this is one application only! It is always worth the time to fill it out. As a note, you will need to upload a copy of your ACC transcript. Instructions on how to do that can be found here.


Need help applying?

Visit the Scholarship Station page.

Spring Graduation Application Deadline is Friday, March 27

When you’re ready to graduate, you will need to complete the graduation application.

Follow the instructions below to apply to graduate.

  1. Go to Academic Planning.
  2. Click Application for Graduation.
  3. Select a program.

If you see your degree:

  1. Check the box next to your degree.
  2. Review and update your information.
  3. Submit. A verification page will appear.
  4. Review and correct your information, if needed.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Read the confirmation page information, which explains what occurs next.
  7. Click OK.


Not sure if you’re ready to graduate? Want to see your next steps? Please contact our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland, to run a degree audit for you. Her email is Her hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30-5:30 if you’d like to schedule an appointment.