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Area of Study: Arts, Digital Media, and Communications
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Arts, Digital Media, and Communications
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Visual Communication

Choose a career with a spectrum of possibilities

As a visual designer, your creativity could influence the opinions, messages, and brands of things we use and see every day. Austin Community College’s Visual Communications Program helps you prepare for a career in promising fields such as graphic design, illustration, user experience design, and graphic arts technology. Students learn the principles and techniques of design from our expert faculty, many of whom are local industry professionals.

Skills You Gain

Students will learn design design fundamentals, illustration, color theory, design software, typography, layout and conversion optimization, and user experience design.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
23.6 Hourly Wage 127 Currently Employed
Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.
127 Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.66 % over the next four years.
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Desktop Publishers
17.75 Hourly Wage 195 Currently Employed
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
195 Desktop Publishers are employed. This number is expected to decrease by 2.05 % over the next four years.
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Prepress Technicians and Workers
17.95 Hourly Wage 215 Currently Employed
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.
215 Prepress Technicians and Workers are employed. This number is expected to decrease by 4.65 % over the next four years.
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Multimedia Artists and Animators
22.74 Hourly Wage 806 Currently Employed
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.
806 Multimedia Artists and Animators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.95 % over the next four years.
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Graphic Designers
20.31 Hourly Wage 2462 Currently Employed
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.
2462 Graphic Designers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.19 % 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 Resources

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Program Maps

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Which award path is right for you?

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.

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