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Colorado Technical University

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Associate of Science in Visual Communications

People who can inform, persuade and entertain a company's customers while attracting new ones can be key players in an organization. Advertising agencies, video production companies, printers, newspapers and magazines, and in-house marketing departments seek artists and designers who understand professional practices, work well with a team and are skilled in industry-current technology software.

In the Associate of Science in Visual Communications (ASVC) degree program, you can learn how to use creative ideas to solve communications challenges, how to work in the digital environment with computer illustration and imaging, the basics of design, how to work effectively with clients, how to develop marketing and advertising campaigns, the basics of web design and desktop publishing, and the fundamentals of e-commerce.

The ASVC satisfies the course requirements for the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications degree program.

What skills can I learn?

Students who successfully complete the ASVC degree program can gain an understanding of the following:

  • Basic business concepts
  • Graphic designer career awareness
  • Graphic design process (client specs/design briefs)
  • Fundamental graphic design-related skills
  • Digital imaging (creation, manipulation)
  • Practical application of graphic design principles
  • Typography
  • Team work (blending teams)
  • Drawing, thumbnail sketches
  • Design concepts, storyboarding
  • Visual perception
  • Basic advertising and marketing concepts
  • Experience with various technologies
  • 2D computer illustration
  • Print process, pre-press, production files
  • Multimedia, website development and design techniques

What are some possible career opportunities?

The ASVC degree is designed to help prepare you for entry-level positions including advertising artist, graphic designer, illustrator, technical artist, web designer, and production and customer service.

Built-in Professional Certificates

The ASVC includes the following built-in Professional Certificates:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Illustration
  • Advanced Computer Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Web Page Development
  • Desktop Publishing

These Professional Certificates can be earned without additional courses.

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Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Technical University is a CHEA member and is accredited by a CHEA-recognized accrediting organization.