Arts, Digital Media & Communications

Arts, Digital Media & Communications

Visual Communication

As a visual designer, your creativity could influence much of what we see and use every day. ACC’s Visual Communication Program provides instruction in design fundamentals, illustration, color theory, design software, user experience design, and more. You can prepare for a career in a wide range of promising design fields.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists

    Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.

    Hourly Wage: $23.6

    Currently Employed: 130


    130 people are employed as Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists. This number is expected to increase by 8.46% over the next four years.

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  • Desktop Publishers

    Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

    Hourly Wage: $17.75

    Currently Employed: 194


    194 people are employed as Desktop Publishers. This number is expected to decrease by 2.06% over the next four years.

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  • Prepress Technicians and Workers

    Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.

    Hourly Wage: $17.95

    Currently Employed: 211


    211 people are employed as Prepress Technicians and Workers. This number is expected to decrease by 3.79% over the next four years.

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  • Multimedia Artists and Animators

    Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

    Hourly Wage: $22.74

    Currently Employed: 826


    826 people are employed as Multimedia Artists and Animators. This number is expected to increase by 5.93% over the next four years.

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  • Graphic Designers

    Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

    Hourly Wage: $20.31

    Currently Employed: 2520


    2520 people are employed as Graphic Designers. This number is expected to increase by 6.47% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Map

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Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Visual Communication- User Experience Design
  • Visual Communication- Graphic Arts Technology Specialization
  • Visual Communication- Graphic Design Specialization

Certificate Level 2

  • Graphic Design Certificate Visual Communication
  • User Experience Design Certificate Visual Communication
  • Graphic Arts Technology Certificate Visual Communication

Certificate Level 3

  • Enhanced Skills in Illustration

Certificate Level 4

  • Design Coder Advanced Technical Certificate Visual Commun

Which Award Path is Right for You?

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ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.