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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Communications Diploma

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This diploma program explores the exciting and challenging field of visual communications while focusing on both the creative and technical aspects of the industry. During the program, students will receive hands-on instruction in the fundamentals of design for print and web, typography, specialized computer software packages, and basic printing and production methods. A current and inclusive curriculum prepares students to meet industry standards and expectations for a variety of entry-level positions in the visual communications industry.

The Visual Communications diploma program offers:

  • A no-nonsense design and technical education.
  • Classes taught by professionals with real-world experience.
  • State-of-the-art computer labs with industry-standard hardware and software.
  • Small class sizes.

Upon graduation with the Visual Communication diploma, students may choose to pursue an AAS degree in either Graphic Design or Graphic Technologies. Interested students must apply for acceptance into the Graphic Design or Graphic Technologies program during the second semester of the Visual Communications program.

For more information about the Visual Communications program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/visualcommunications.

Location: Ankeny

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement by taking all three sections of the COMPASS test and:
  3. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 61 or a minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
  4. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 25 or a minimum ACT Math score of 14.
  5. Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 42 or a minimum ACT Writing score of 14.
  6. Attend a required information/registration session.
  7. Basic keyboarding skills are recommended or ADM 105 .
  8. Recommended: Basic Microsoft Office skills or BCA 212  or Basic Macintosh or Adobe Creative Suite skills or GRD 301 .

Students start Fall semester. This is a full-time program.

To complete this program, students must take daytime classes; not all classes are offered at night.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Visual Communications diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma - 44

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