Where Can I Find Free Visual Communications Courses?

It is possible to get a free education in visual communications. Shoreline Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Century Community and Technical College all have programs that allow an individual to explore this area of study without cost. Continue reading to learn more. Schools offering Communication Design & Interactive Media degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of Free Visual Communications Courses

Although postsecondary schools do not allow any type of coursework to be explicitly taken free of charge since they are for-profit businesses, there are some schools that offer full scholarships or grants to cover the expenses. With visual communication programs in particular, there are some community colleges and universities that provide students who meet certain criteria with the financial resources needed to complete their degree.

Important Facts About Visual Communication Degrees

Specializations Adobe Cs, Autodesk, design, video and effects editing
Online Availability Degrees may offer partial online learning
Common Courses 3D Animation
2D Design
Graphic design
Adobe: Illustrator
Adobe: Animation
Possible Careers Copywriter, graphic designer, illustrator, multimedia specialist, video editor, layout artist
Median Salary (2018)* $50,370 (for all graphic designers)
Job Growth (2016-2026)* 4% (for all graphic designers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College in Washington State, offers visual communications technology associate's degree and certificate programs. Shoreline is the recipient of funds from the state of Washington's Opportunity Grant. The aim of the Opportunity Grant program is to pay for a student's education in a given area in the hope that such knowledge will allow them to secure a job quickly. Students may also receive funding to continue their education if they have run out of money. Students who are enrolled in a visual communications program are eligible for such funding. Specific details are available on the college's website, www.shoreline.edu. A selection of visual communications programs include:

  • Associate of Applied Arts and Science in Graphic Design
  • Associate of Applied Arts and Science in Visual Communication Technology
  • Certificate in Art and Design Foundation

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, offers a Master of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in visual communications. The state of Virginia's Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program allows spouses and children of veterans to receive an education at state-supported institutions free for up to 2 years. Details of the program can be found on the school's website, www.vcu.edu.

Century Community and Technical College

Century Community and Technical College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, offers an associate's degree program in visual communications technologies and a certificate program in visual communications webmaster, among others. Students can specialize in digital video, graphic design, multimedia or photography. They have access to industry-relevant equipment as well as opportunities to learn about digital imaging, page layout, website design and 3D animation. The Kopp Family Foundation has given monies to Century College. The college can use this money to pay the first two years' tuition for students who show financial need. Students must have graduated from a St. Paul, Minnesota high school. Details of the program are available on the college's website, www.century.edu.

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