Visual Communications — Graphic Design and Multimedia Option

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: VGDZ
Number of Credits: 67-68

Program Description

The Visual Communications Graphic Design and Multimedia degree prepares students for initial employment and career advancement, or transfer to four-year colleges. Employment responsibilities in these areas include: graphic design with computer design software, Website design with animation abilities, development of layout and production design of advertising for newspapers and magazines, and the overall layout and production of signage, newspapers, magazines, corporate reports, and other publications. Increasingly, graphic designers develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective1 [H] 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
GEN ED General Education Elective 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
SCI Lab Science Elective2 [SL] 4
SOC SCI Social Science Elective [SS] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
VCP Visual Communications Elective 4
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 230 Graphic Design Studio 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 144 Web Design I 3
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
4

1 ART 101 recommended
2 PHY 103 or PSC 105 recommended

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (17 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
VCP 144 Web Design I
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
VCP 101 Photography I
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
Spring I (18-19 credits)
VCP 111 Studio Photography I
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III
VCP 210 Video Production I
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT Math Elective
Fall II (16-17 credits)
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV
VCP Visual Communications Elective
GEN ED General Education Elective
SCI Lab Science Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
Spring II (16 credits)
VCP 230 Graphic Design Studio
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
ACT Activity Elective
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of a visual communicator
  • Communicate in an effective and professional manner both verbally and in writing with the ability to incorporate critique recommendations in revising their work
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines
  • Use computer and related technology in the execution of visual communications projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design
  • Produce a body of work demonstrating the ability to solve visual communications problems
  • Market themselves using their portfolio and visual communications skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of graphic designs
  • Use relevant tools and technologies including use of 2D and 3D software applications such as modeling, animation, illustration, video, sound, photography, print and web authoring programs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design, color theory, and their application to graphic designs
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating the ability to solve graphic design problems

Career Opportunities

Graphic designer, graphic design assistant, graphic artist, layout and production technician.