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Visual Communications Course Sequences

See the classes you should take each term to complete the Visual Communications certificate or degree you want to earn.

Visual Communications Certificate & Degree Course Sequences

Getting Started

The program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits. Attending a program overview session is required in order to learn all current program information and application procedures. Sessions are scheduled throughout the year, and dates are posted on the program web site at vc.chemeketa.edu. You will also find a digital program application on the web site. A portfolio of previous work is part of the application process. Your work can be in any media—not just graphic design.

The first step to entering this program is to take part in an assessment process, which includes taking the college’s free placement test and meeting with Chemeketa’s Advising and First Year Programs staff. You may need to complete program entry requirements. Then your advisor will help you develop an individualized program of study.

Entry Requirements
CourseTitleCredit Hours
MTH020 Basic Mathematics 4
RD115 Academic Thinking and Reading 3
WR115 Introduction to Composition 4

The Visual Communications program accepts digital applications for fall entry from the last week of April through the last week of June. Students may apply for the program while completing the prerequisite courses listed above.

If you have questions about program requirements, contact the Visual Communications program at 503.399.5070 or email the program chair.

Be sure to review the catalog for important information about program outcomes and other details not found in this listing.

See course descriptions for more information about your classes.

Graphic Design Degree

Course Sequence
TermCourseTitleCredit Hours
1 ART115 Basic Design: Black and White 4
  ART131 Introduction to Drawing 4
  VC111 Introduction to Visual Communications 4
  VC114 Introduction to Digital Graphics 4
2 ART207 Graphic Design Literacy 4
  ART224 Type Design 1 4
  VC115 Introduction to Digital Layout 4
  WR121 Academic Composition 4
    Graphic Design elective 2
3 ART118 Digital Design and Color 4
  ART225 Type Design 2 4
  ART234 Figure Drawing 4
  COMM112 Persuasive Speaking 4
  VC224 Layout 1: Page Design 4
4 ART221 Graphic Design 1: Icons and Symbols 3
  ART238 Introduction to Illustration 3 or
  ART265 Photography 1 4
  VC225 Layout 2: Intermediate Page Design 4
  VC246 File Prep 3
  VC272A Design Studio 2
5 ART222 Graphic Design 2: Logo Design 4
  ART239 Introduction to Digital Illustration 3
  MTH060 Introductory Algebra (or higher) 4
  VC226 Layout 3: Publication Design 4
  VC235 Interface Design 3
6 ART223 Graphic Design 3: Package Design 4
  PSY104 Workplace Psychology 4
  VC283 Business of Graphic Arts 4
  VC284 Portfolio 4
  VC285A Design Portfolio Preparation 2

 

Graphic Design Electives*
CourseTitleCredit Hours
ART120  Digital Media Time Design  4
ART237 Photo Illustration 4
ART238 Introduction to Illustration 3
ART243 Advanced Illustration 3
ART265 Photography 1 4
ART266 Photography 2 4
ART267 Portrait Photography 4
ART268 Documentary Photography 4
ART289 The Medium and the Message 4
VC130 Photoshop 1 2
VC133A InDesign 1 2
VC134 Dreamweaver 1 2
VC139 Illustrator 1 2
VC147 Cascading Style Sheets 2
VC237 Web Design 1 4

*Select one course

Interactive Media Degree

Course Sequence
TermCourseTitleCredit Hours
1 ART115 Basic Design: Black and White 4
  ART131 Introduction to Drawing 4
  VC111 Introduction to Visual Communications 4
  VC114 Introduction to Digital Graphics 4
2 ART207  Graphic Design Literacy  4
  ART224 Type Design 1 4
  VC115 Introduction to Digital Layout 4
  WR121 Academic Composition 4
    Interactive Media elective 2
3 ART118 Digital Design and Color 4
  ART225 Type Design 2 4
  VC224 Layout 1:   Design 4
  VC237 Web Design 1 4
4 ART221 Graphic Design 1: Icons and Symbols 4
  CIS121 Introduction to Programming Concepts 4
  COMM112 Persuasive Speaking 4
  VC238 Web Design 2 4
  VC272B Web Studio 2
5 ART222 Graphic Design 2: Logo Design 4
  CIS133SC Fundamentals of Scripting Languages 4
  PSY104 Workplace Psychology 4
  VC235 Interface Design 3
  VC239 Web Design 3 4
6 MTH060 Introductory Algebra (or higher) 4
  VC241 Interactive Media 4
  VC283 Business of Graphic Arts 4
  VC284 Portfolio 4
  VC285B Web Portfolio Preparation 2

 

Interactive Media Electives*
CourseTitleCredit Hours
ART120 Digital Media Time Design 4
ART223 Graphic Design 3: Package Design 4
ART237 Photo Illustration 4
ART238 Introduction to Illustration 3
ART265 Photography 1 4
VC130 Photoshop 1 2
VC133A InDesign 1 2
VC134 Dreamweaver 1 2
VC139 Illustrator 1 2
VC147 Cascading Style Sheets 2
FLM265 Documentary Filmmaking 3

*Select one course

Multimedia Arts Degree

Course Sequence
TermCourseTitleCredit Hours
1 ART115 Basic Design: Black & White 4
  ART265 Photography 1 4
  ART203 New Media Art 4
  VC114 Introduction to Digital Graphics 4
2 ART120 Digital Media Time Design 4
  ART202 History of Photography 4 or
  FA255 Film History 4
  ART237 Photo Illustration 4
  ART131 Introduction to Drawing 4
3 ART266 Photography 2 4
  FLM230 Audio Production & Sound Design 4
  JNL240 Multimedia Journalism 3
  WR121 The College Essay 4
4 FLM265 Documentary Filmmaking 3
  VC243 Animation & Motion Graphics 1 4
  VC272D Multimedia Arts Studio 2
  ART267 Portrait Photography 4 or
  ART268 Documentary Photography 4
  COMM112 Persuasive Speaking 4
5 FLM266 Narrative Filmmaking 3
  VC244 Animation & Motion Graphics 2 4
  PSY104 Psychology in the Workplace 4
    Multimedia Arts Elective 4
6 FLM268 Independent Filmmaking 3
  ART249 Emerging Multimedia Arts & Technology 4
  VC286 Multimedia Arts Portfolio 4
  MTH060 Introductory Algebra (or higher) 4