Visual Communications Associate Degree

An associate degree in visual communications is an ideal first step toward positions such as advertising manager, graphic designer, web page designer or another similar career. Learn more about degree programs, career opportunities, job outlook and coursework in this field. Schools offering Communication Design & Interactive Media degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Visual Communications Associate Degree Profile

While studying for an associate degree in visual communications, you will learn how to use design fundamentals to produce documents, web pages, logos, etc. that are compelling and communicative. Upon completion of the degree program, you will have a portfolio of professional-grade projects that you can use in your search for a position in the design industry.

Common CourseworkGraphic design, digital graphics and animation, advertising design, corporate design, illustration
Skills LearnedDesign theories to produce logos, advertisements, web pages and other products
Average Salary Information (2014)Graphic designer working for newspaper, periodical, book or directory publishers: $45,130; graphic designer working in computer systems design and related services: $60,160; advertising and promotions manager: $114,700*
Occupational Outlook (2014-2024)1% for all graphic designers; 21% for graphic designers in computer systems design and related services; 5% for advertising and promotions managers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Degree Specifics

Coursework for a visual communications associate degree program typically includes classes such as introductory graphic design, digital graphics and animation, advertising design, corporate design, illustration and other classes. While studying for a visual communications degree, you will learn skills such as how to use design theories to produce logos, advertisements, web pages and other products that are visually appealing, memorable and communicative.

Career Opportunities

The following is a selected list of careers that are typically pursued by those who graduate from a visual communications associate degree program, along with their average annual incomes as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for May 2014:

  • Graphic designer working for newspaper, periodical, book or directory publishers: $45,130
  • Graphic designer working in computer systems design and related services: $60,160
  • Advertising and promotions manager: $114,700

Career Outlook

According to the BLS, the demand for graphic designers overall is expected to increase only 1% between 2014 and 2024. However, the demand will be greatest for those with digital graphic and web page design experience. Graphic designers working in computer systems design and related services are expected to see an employment increase of 21% between 2014 and 2024. The demand for advertising and promotions managers is expected to increase 5% during that time frame.

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