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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Communications Foundation Certificate of Proficiency Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this certificate. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

The Visual Communications Foundation 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.

Certificate of Proficiency (61-64 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.

Additional Information

  • Substitutions and waivers may be made with faculty approval
  • Check for prerequisites for all of the upper level classes, and plan ahead!
  • 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 one General Education class per quarter

General Education Core Requirements (12-15 Credits)

Communication (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: ENGL 099 ENGL& 101 , BTWRT 115 , BTWRT 215 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Human Relations (2-5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: HUM 105 , BUS 105 , CMST& 101 .

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Program Advisor:

Christine Shafner
206-546-7628 cshafner@shoreline.edu Rm 2174
Alan Yates 
206-533-6771 ayates@shoreline.edu Rm 2054
Claire Fant
206-533-6763 cfant@shoreline.edu Rm 2024

For Program Information:
Mary Bonar
206-546-4671 mbonar@shoreline.edu Rm 2057

Program Information:

Length of Program: 61-64 Credits
Completion Award: Certificate of Proficiency
Enrollment: Every Quarter
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
Website: www.shoreline.edu/vct/default.aspx

EPC 7965

Visual Communications Foundation -What is it?

The Visual Communications Technology certificate program is designed to serve the needs of working professionals and students seeking entry level or introductory positions by enhancing skills for employability. For this Certificate of Proficiency, students study a condensed package of fundamentals in communications including design principles, typography, image creation, editing and preparation for final use, and training in specific software utilized in the industry.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program-by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:

  1. Build their knowledge base in many areas of visual communications, as a foundation for further study and learning.
  2. Create, select and organize essential design elements including letter forms, illustrations, typography and other graphic images.
  3. Use computer software applications for graphic design, illustration, print and web production and publishing, and image manipulation for multimedia and animation.
  4. Be familiar with procedures, processes, and concerns in many types of introductory-level visual communication projects.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Certificate in Visual Communications Foundation?

Graduates are hired in entry-level position as Web designers, Print Designers, Print/sales representative, Production artists, & Customer Service 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



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