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Visual Communications
Visual Communications offers an arena with a variety of creative and technical career opportunities. Students who are set to become professionals in visual communications have the skills that will give them control over their futures.
Median Visual Communication Salary in Indiana
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Annual Visual Communication Salary Range
$28,130 - $59,860
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2021).

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

Graduates 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.

Transfer Partners

If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

Academic Catalog: Review the program degree requirements and course descriptions.

Technical Certificates

Technical Certificate
(31 credit hours = 2 semesters)


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 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 Student Learning Outcomes

Program Locations

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

Accreditation and Transfer Information

The Indianapolis program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). 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.