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Whether your career goal is to start your own freelance business, to advance your career in an existing business, or to continue your education at a four-year institution, the Visual Communications program can be a stepping stone on your path to success.

Visual communications students learn to communicate messages, emotions, and ideas through the use of images and words. Students gain experience with computer illustration, design, interactivity and photography. Visual communications courses emphasize both the technical and aesthetic aspects of good design. Students also have the opportunity to participate in field study to experience first-hand the daily operations and organizations of a successful studio.  Students also develop an exit portfolio which they present verbally to a jury.

Our Graduates

Gradates of the Visual Communications program have been able to find jobs working professionally for advertising agencies, photo studies, television and radio stations, and in-house marketing departments in a variety of industries.  Some of our graduates have been able to be self-employed, and others have transferred on to four-year universities to complete a bachelor's degree.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees above. A summary of our offerings is below.

Technical Certificates

Technical Certificate
(31 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Degrees

Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications - Photography
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Transfer Degrees

Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Communications
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Science in Visual Communications
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)


NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Locations

Visual Communications programs are offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.

Accreditation and Transfer Information

Three locations are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). Additional locations are actively pursuing accreditation. NASAD is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities that offer art and design studies. Founded in 1944, it has approximately 315 institutional members. Accreditation with NASAD affords excellent transfer opportunities to 4-year universities locally and across the country. Or after completing the degree, students may pursue immediate employment in the field. For students wishing to continue education at a 4-year university, a portfolio of all work is typically required by the accepting school. Several formal transfer agreements exist with Indiana University, Saint Mary of the Woods College and the University of Southern Indiana.