Visual Communications — Communication Arts and Technology Option - Web Design and Multimedia

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: CAWM
Number of Credits: 63-65

Program Description

This program option provides professional quality, hands-on, creative and technical skills for applying principles of web design and multimedia production. Students will develop a strong foundation in web site planning and design, digital image manipulation, multimedia systems, current web technologies and standards, sound, video, and animation. The program helps students transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as, initial employment and career advancement. Students are also prepared to test for Network+ Certification, iNet+ Certification, WOW Certification, and CIW Designer Certification.

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
ART 180 Basic Photography [H] 3
CSC 202 Creative Design [I] 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 Science Electives1 [S/SL] 7-8
SOC SCI Social Science Electives2 [SS] 6
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
CSC 109 Introduction to Programming 3
CSC 140 Introduction to Networking 3
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 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 144 Web Design I - Design Fundamentals 3
VCP 244 Web Design II - Advanced Design 3
Program Electives - Select 4 Credits
Number Title Credits
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
4

1 At least one of the courses must include a lab.
2 Courses must be from two different disciplines.

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)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ART 180 Basic Photography
VCP 144 Web Design I - Design Fundamentals
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
Spring I (16 credits)
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III
VCP 244 Web Design II - Advanced Design
CSC 202 Creative Design
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Fall II (16-18 credits)
CSC 109 Introduction to Programming
CSC 140 Introduction to Networking
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV
MAT Math Elective
SCI Science Elective
Spring II (15 credits)
VCP 279 or
VCP 289 or
VCP 210
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
Video Production I
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I
GEN ED General Education Elective
SCI Lab Science 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
  • 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 conten

Career Opportunities

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