Ivy Tech School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain
Bring stories to life
What You'll Learn
Visual communication is everywhere—whether you’re walking past a storefront, watching a documentary, picking up a newspaper, or scrolling through your favorite app. This program arms you with the skills and tools needed to be an effective visual communicator.
Ivy Tech’s Visual Communications (VISC) program is a launching pad for students looking to work in graphic design, web and media arts, photography, and user experience design.
You’ll gain hands-on experience and graduate with a diverse portfolio of work to help you land a job. You can also take the skills you learn into a bachelor’s degree program to continue your studies.
Picturing yourself as a Visual Communications student at Ivy Tech? Get a snapshot of your life in the classroom. Here’s what you’ll do:
Use images and words to communicate messages, ideas, and emotions.
Learn the principles of graphic design, web design, digital illustration, publication design, social media marketing, photography, and video production.
Choose elective courses in user experience design, animation, motion graphics, print production, sequential art, public art, or others.
Use industry-standard software, tools, and equipment.
Develop an understanding of both the technical and aesthetic aspects of design.
Create a portfolio of work and self-promotion identity materials, which you’ll present to a jury at the end of the program.
Complete an optional field study so you can see first-hand how a successful media company operates.
You can truly start in the VISC program and go anywhere in the realm of media! Many Ivy Tech Visual Communications graduates work in advertising, UX design, communications, journalism, social media, and marketing. Others choose to freelance or go into the event industry. Some graduates transfer to 4-year partner school to advance their career to another level.
As a Visual Communications graduate, you’ll be ready to take on the following career paths:
Photographer (Commercial, sports, wedding, studio/portrait, travel, scientific/forensic, real estate, freelance, or event)
Social Media Blogger
If you transfer to a four-year university to continue your education in a specialty, you may also work as a:
Mobile app designer
Motion graphics artist
Social media strategist
Degree Types Offered
Associate Degrees – Career-Ready Degrees
Associate Degree – Transferable Degree
– known as a Technical Certificate (TC)
– known as a Certificate (CT)
Note: Program availability varies by location and not all program tracks are offered at each campus/location.
Associate Degrees – Career-Ready Degrees
The AAS in Visual Communications is a customizable degree that allows you to choose courses based on your interests, whether you want to focus on photography, graphic design, UX design, digital illustration, social media marketing, or something else media-related. This path is for students wanting to start working in your chosen field after graduation.
The AAS in Visual Communications (Photography Concentration) curriculum centers on photography and design fundamentals, typography, vector graphics, journalistic and editorial photography, and so much more.
The Associate of Science in Visual Communications is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring!
Our Visual Communications program currently has partnerships with three schools so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time:
Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your associate degree at Ivy Tech. You are also encouraged to contact the university to which you plan to transfer. Note that admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the Visual Communications program. You will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.
Earn a Certificate on the Way to Your Associate Degree
A recommended path to one of the associate degrees in Visual Communications is to complete the certificate program offered by Ivy Tech while working toward the degree. Certificates are designed to provide gateways toward entry-level visual communications careers, so you can begin working quickly. You may then choose to pursue a credential that requires more credits and time in order to learn more and move up in your professional career. You can apply the credits from your certificate to your higher-level credential at Ivy Tech to make the most of your time and tuition.
Graduates must complete a total of 31 credit hours:
known as a Certificate (CT)
The User Experience and User Interface Design certificate exposes students to the tools, methodology, processes, and design thinking required for effective user experience design. Establishes a comprehensive mindset in students for the end users’ needs. Through case studies of a variety of real-world projects, this certificate examines the practical application of user experience design.
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