Visual Communications

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: CNVC (Communications Concentration) - 60 Credits
Degree Code: CNVG (Graphic Design and Multimedia Concentration) - 60 Credits
Degree Code: CNVP (Photography Concentration) - 60 Credits
Degree Code: CNVV (Video Production Concentration) - 60 Credits
Degree Code: CNVW (Web Design and Multimedia Concentration) - 60 Credits

Program Description

This program is designed for students seeking initial employment, career advancement, and/or transfer to four-year programs in the fields of graphic design and multimedia, photography, video production, and web design. Each program concentration is tailored to align with the latest industry-standard equipment, professional practices, and software to help students innovate and succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.

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
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives [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
SCI Lab Science Elective [SL] 4
PSY or
SOC
Psychology Elective [SS]
Sociology Elective [SS]
3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
4
Communications Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
Number Title Credits
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
Program Electives - Select 22 Credits
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design [H] 3
ART 105 Illustration, Materials and Techniques 3
ART 110 Color [H] 3
ART 130 Drawing I [H] 3
ART 140 Painting I [H] 3
ART 181 Introduction to Movie Making [H] 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
BUS 103 Introduction to Business 3
BUS 212 Principles of Marketing 3
CSC 160 Introduction to Data Communications 3
EGL 211 Technical Writing 3
EGL 213 Introduction to Film [H] 3
MUC 143 Music Fundamentals [H] 3
SPH 121 Interpersonal Communications [H] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
VCP 110 Portrait Photography 3
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 120 Digital Imaging V 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 151 Introduction to Game Design 4
VCP 162 Mobile Application Design 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 214 Video Production III 4
VCP 215 Guerilla Filmmaking 4
VCP 218 Modeling and Animation I 4
VCP 222 Photojournalism 4
VCP 224 Nature and Wildlife Photography 4
VCP 230 Graphic Design Studio 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4
VCP 296 Photography Seminar 4
Graphic Design Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
Number Title Credits
ART/VCP Visual Communications Elective 7
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 144 Web Design I 3
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
Photography Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
Number Title Credits
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
Program Electives - Select 10 Credits
ART 130 Drawing I [H] 3
ART 230 Drawing II [H] 3
VCP 110 Portrait Photography 4
VCP 140 Wedding Photography Portfolio Production 4
VCP 170 Photography Seminar-Equine 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 222 Photojournalism 4
VCP 223 Photojournalism II 4
VCP 224 Nature and Wildlife Photography 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4
VCP 296 Photography Seminar 4
Video Production Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
Number Title Credits
EGL 112 Scriptwriting I 3
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 214 Video Production II 4
Program Electives - Select 7 Credits
ART 141 Survey of Art History [H] 3
ART 181 Introduction to Movie Making [H] 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
BUS 212 Principles of Marketing 3
EGL 212 Scriptwriting II 3
THE 184 Introduction to Acting for Screen and Stage [H] 3
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 215 Guerrilla Filmmaking 4
VCP 216 Guerrilla Filmmaking II 4
VCP 218 Modeling and Animation I 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4
Web Design and Multimedia Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
Number Title Credits
VCP 101 or
VCP 210
Photography I
Video Production I
4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 144 Web Design I - Design Fundamentals 3
VCP 162 Mobile Application Design 4
VCP 244 Web Design II - Advanced Design 3
Program Electives - Select 8 Credits
ART 180 Basic Photography [H] 3
ART 181 Introduction to Movie Making [H] 3
CSC 109 Introduction to Programming 3
CSC 140 Introduction to Networking 3
CSC 148 Server-Side Scripting with ASP 3
CSC 161 Oracle I - Introduction to SQL 3
CSC 182 Scripting Languages 3
VCP 111 Studio​ Photography I 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 120 Digital Imaging V 4
VCP 222 Photojournalism I 4

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 (16 credits)
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
MAT Math Elective
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
Spring I (16 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
GEN ED General Education Elective
SCI Lab Science Elective
ELECT Concentration Electives
Fall II (16 credits)
ELECT Concentration Electives
Spring II (12 credits)
VCP 279 or
VCP 289​
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
ELECT Concentration Electives

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

Additional Outcomes – Area of Concentration in Communications
Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate
critical
thinking
skills
as
they
relate
to
solving
communication problems
  • Conceptualize
and
implement
a
visual
solution
using different communication mediums
  • Apply knowledge of industry practice to visual communication related technologies
  • Visually communicate information to a well-defined audience

Additional Outcomes – Area of Concentration in Graphic Design and Multimedia
Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • 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

Additional Outcomes – Area of Concentration in Video Production
Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate preproduction, direction, production, postproduction, and distribution of narrative, documentary and commercial videos
  • Perform the duties of various technical crew positions in single and multi-camera production environments
  • Explain and demonstrate knowledge of video preproduction techniques by preparing preproduction materials for video productions
  • Operate video production lighting, cameras and sound equipment according to industry standards
  • Utilize post-production video techniques to edit digital video projects with graphics, picture, sound and editing

Additional Outcomes – Area of Concentration in Web Design and Mulitmedia
Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Produce an appealing visual product based on project goals and limitations of the web based medium
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the elements and principles of design to projects and during critical discussions
  • Utilize industry standard hardware and software to produce content that is viewable on both past and current technology
  • Develop intermediate-level code that is appropriate for web and multimedia presentations
  • Problem-solve issues related to the visual and technical components of publishing web specific content
  • Produce a portfolio of work that makes them marketable in the job market

Career Opportunities

Communications
Photography, digital imaging, video production, graphic design, public relations, marketing and sales.​​​

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

Photography
Commercial photographer, portrait photographer, wedding photographer, photojournalist, industrial photographer, videographer, digital imager, and photography lab manager.​

Video Production
Camera operator, television production assistant, TV, film or video producer, video editor.​

Web Design and Multimedia
Web graphic designer, instructional designer, media communications consultant, web graphic animator, web page designer.​

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