Visual Communication Technology

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

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Commercial Art Concentration, AA (Owens Code: CARC)
Visual Communication Technology, AAS (Owens Code: VCMT)

Commercial Art provides the training required to succeed in the ever-changing technical graphics and documentation marketplace. Companies need commercial artists and graphic designers to produce layouts, presentations, videos and websites that are completed in an accurate, timely and appealing manner.

Students will understand the fundamental principles of typography, vector design, photo manipulation, graphic design, digital video production, electronic page layout, package design, and the knowledge to produce finished interactive multimedia projects and webpages. Students in the CRT program take courses in Adobe software: Acrobat, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop, along with Final Cut Pro. (Subject to change.)

Students also have the opportunity to design for clients either through on-campus service learning projects or the Commercial Art Club.

In the CRT program, students create both a traditional and digital portfolios while learning communication skills to prepare for work as a freelance graphic designer or in the field of visual communication.

Fast Facts

Potential earnings

$35,000 and up

Career opportunities

  • Advertising Specialist
  • Commercial Artist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Electronic Image Preparer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Design Illustrator
  • Informational Website Designer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Page Layout Specialist
  • Production Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Videographer
  • Video Editor


CRT Club


  • Three Mac Computer Labs
  • Print Finishing Lab
  • Video Production Lab
  • Walter E. Terhune Gallery

Student exhibition

Juried Spring Student Show

Internship partners


Transfer agreement