The Visual Communications Foundation w/Specialization Certificate of Proficiency is designed to provide an introductory level of knowledge and practice in visual design principles; graphic and typographic design; photography and video; computer graphic technologies; and offset printing, pre-press and new imaging technologies. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers in the field. Students interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in Art should follow the Foundation Studio Art, AFA Planning Guide or Photography, AFA Planning Guide transfer degree planning guide.
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Certificate of Proficiency (54-59 Credits)
Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.
- Check for prerequisites for all of the upper level classes, and plan ahead!
- Substitutions and waivers can be made with faculty approval
- Choose a mix of different types of classes for each quarter. For example: lecture, computer/software, studio, general education classes
- In addition to this 1-year certificate, students may earn a Certificate(s) in a specialized area. Students may also add classes to complete a two-year degree. Call 546-4671 for advising and information
- Plan 1 General Education and up to 8 cr Specialization/quarter
Length of Program: 54-59 Credits (3-4 quarters)
Completion Award: Certificate of Proficiency
Enrollment: Every Quarter
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
General Education Core Requirements (12-15 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Core Requirements (29 Credits)
Electives (13-15 Credits)
13-15 Credits From Classes Listed Below
Choose according to your career goal. You may stay within one category, or choose freely from several.
Game Art and Design Intro
Approval To Graduate
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Visual Communications Technology Foundation w/Specialization-What is it?
The Visual Communication Technology Foundation w/Specialization program focuses on the fundamentals of communications including design principles, typography, image creation, editing and preparation for final use, and will also receive training in specific software utilized in the industry. This one-year course of study provides a condensed foundation in multiple areas with a customizable choice of capstone classes (student choice). Based on personal and career interests, students select an area of concentration in upper-level classes once they have completed the prerequisite requirements.
Students who successfully complete this program-by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:
- Create, select and organize design elements on an introductory level including letterforms, illustrations, typography and other graphic images.
- Use computer software applications for graphic design, illustration, desktop design/publishing, and scanning or manipulating visual images (and video or 2-d animation if these final classes are chosen).
- Be familiar with procedures, processes, and concerns in many types of visual communication projects
Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Certificate in VCT Foundation w/Specialization?
Graduates are hired in entry-level position as Graphic Designers, Production artists, Multimedia artists, Web designers, IT web supporters, Photographers, Illustrators, Animators, Prepress, Videographers, Marketing/project managers, Creative services sales representatives.
Potential employers include: Graduates of the certificate program may find entry-level employment in a variety of settings including advertising agencies, publication houses, news agencies, imaging agencies and print shops. For more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696