2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    May 31, 2023  
2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Design, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: This curriculum  is designed to educate and help prepare students to work in the visual communications disciplines, such as graphic  design and advertising, as well as the areas of digital prepress and web publishing.

Program Objectives: Employment opportunities include advertising design, printing, illustration, photography, digital illustration, digital prepress, graphic design, and web page design.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in MTE 1* , MTE 2* , and MTE 3*  will be required to complete developmental courses.

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

Program Notes: A satisfactory aptitude for drawing is not required. Students must possess computer literacy in order to be successful in this program.

Students will prepare portfolios for their job search.

Due to prerequisite requirements, ART classes should be taken in a specific order. Students should work with an academic advisor to determine their course plan if the suggested schedule is not followed.


AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Visual Design.