Visual Communication - Multimedia


Visual Communication

Make creative, eye-catching multimedia for today’s fast-paced world. Learn the art of graphic design, digital photography, and web design.

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What is Visual Communication - Multimedia?

The integral relationship between business and the computer continues to evolve and expand. As a result, so do the career opportunities available to graduates of SCC’s online Visual Communication: Multimedia program. Students learn the skills necessary to prepare and produce multimedia presentations. These skills are used in PDF productions and image displays, as well as implementing digital design solutions.

The program offers students a full-range of technical classes. Courses include instruction in the foundational elements of design; as well as hands-on classes for the most widely used Adobe desktop publishing programs—including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat. By combining knowledge learned through textbooks with ample specialized exercises, students are able to take their ideas and give them form.

Students learn how to use the elements of design to manipulate text and combine that text with art for maximum graphic effect. Many people have the natural skills necessary to work in multimedia. The instruction at Somerset Community College’s Visual Communication: Multimedia program helps students define those skills and learn how to translate those talents to the computer and the web.

average base pay $49,465
low: $32k med: $49k high: $78k

What are my career choices?

SCC’s graduates are employed in website design and management at schools, businesses, hospitals and colleges. Others have found jobs using digital photography and computer design skills with photography studios, screen print businesses, newspapers, and in freelance work.

Visual Communications Career Median Annual Salary*
Web Design Track $49,456
Web Design $45,647
Animation Track $45,647
Multimedia $45,647
Video Production $41,878
Video Production Track $41,878
Digital Design Track $38,662
Digital Production Artist $40,630
Digital Imaging Assistant $36,964
2-Dimensional Studies $33,265
3-Dimensional Studies $33,265
Webpage Design Track $49,456
Multimedia Certificate in Communication Arts $45,647
Commercial Photography Track $29,475
Digital Filmmaking Track $40,976
Advertising Design Track $38,662
Production Design Track $45,647
Digital Photography $29,475
Graphic Design Track $38,662
Design Assistant $38,662

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

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Digital Design 
(30 credits)
Digital Imaging Assistant 
(12 credits)
Digital Production Assistant 
(15 credits)
Digital Photography
(12 credits)
Web Design 
(30 credits)
Multimedia (Digital Design Track)
(57 credits)
Vis Com: Multimedia (Digital Design Track)
(66 credits)

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Coordinator's Notes

The Visual Communication program at Somerset Community College is a two-year area of study focusing on the print media. Because today’s print technology is completely digital, the study translates easily into use for the web.

As all Visual Communication courses are online, students must have access to the Adobe computer programs being taught: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. 

Transfer Options

All courses taken in the program apply toward specific Bachelor of Arts degrees at Asbury University and Lindsey Wilson College.

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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Stuart Simpson
Program Coordinator

Cindy Burton
Associate Professor