School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Visual Communications: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

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Objectives

The purpose of this program is to help students prepare for entry-level positions in visual communications related professions. The curriculum of the program consists of a foundation core of design and general education courses, followed by studies in multimedia applications. The Visual Communications program can help graduates prepare to perform tasks associated with designing and creating interactive multimedia communications and print communications. Additional curriculum topics, investigated through classroom and laboratory experiences, include graphic design, multimedia applications and other related technical subjects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may pursue careers in a variety of entry-level positions involving the design and production of digital media, print media and a variety of applications used in corporate and public communications.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving visual communications.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, video cameras, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 96
General Education Courses
GE117P Composition I+ 4
GE127P College Mathematics I+ 4
GE184P Problem Solving+ 4
GE192P College Mathematics II+ 4
GE217P Composition II+ 4
GE347P Group Dynamics+ 4
GE364P Art Appreciation+ 4
Subtotal 28
Core Courses
CD140P Rapid Visualization 4
IT107P Instructional Design 4
IT212P Broadcast Graphics 4
IT309P Animation I 4
IT310P Audio/Video Techniques 4
IT311P Animation II 4
VC100P Introduction to Design 4
VC110P Typography 4
VC130P Digital Type and Image Manipulation 4
VC210P Modeling in 3D 4
VC215P Interactive Communication Design 4
VC220P Graphic Design Production Processes 4
VC230P Digital Prepress 4
VC240P Visual Design for the Web 4
VC250P Design Project 4
Subtotal 60
Technical Basic Courses
TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4
TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+ 4
Subtotal 8

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with the fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.
NOTE:
The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

 
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Paul Groves
Computer Drafting and Design
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
Lexington, KY

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