Design & Visual Communications

Program Description

  • Students enrolled in Design and Visual Communications (DVC) explore the power of visual messages in our world through analysis and application. DVC introduces students to graphic design as a form of visual communication through the use of type, image, form and color.  Students learn fundamental concepts of art and graphic design for continuation in post-secondary education or are career-ready and able to enter the workforce. 

    DVC provides an understanding of design elements, design principles, color theory, typography, drawing, video editing, web design, animation, user experience design and digital photography. Students use their understanding to plan, design and execute print and digital media for a specific purpose and audience. Students obtain basic competency in industry standard computer software programs, Adobe Creative Cloud. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects, students acquire skills and knowledge to use the computer as a design tool. Students complete a variety of projects that incorporate the principals and elements of design including, but not limited to: magazines, identity, advertising, websites, animation, digital photography, posters, jewel cases, interactive/mobile device design and video editing. In addition, students develop communications skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills.

    Students become Adobe Certified Associates (ACA) in Photoshop and Illustrator; highly desirable employability skills, or sometimes gain college credit. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the industry standard image and illustration software which make them an integral part of the curriculum. One exam is purchased for each student, which can be taken in the classroom, as Minuteman is an authorized testing center (Certiport).

    Through engaging classroom critique sessions, students will develop communication and presentation skills that will strengthen their reading and writing ability. Students will be ready for prospective employers and college recruiters by compiling their work into a professional digital student portfolio. 

Course Content

    • Safety 
    • Design Elements and Principles 
    • Color Theory 
    • Typography 
    • Digital Photography
    • Creative Process and Problem Solving 
    • Mobile Design
    • Advertising Design
    • Illustration
    • Website Design
    • Animation
    • Poster Design
    • Digital Filmmaking & Editing

Significant Points

    • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average, with many new jobs associated with interactive media.
    • A Bachelor's degree in graphic design is usually required.
    • Jobseekers are expected to face keen competition; individuals with website design and animation experience will have the best opportunities.

Advisory Committee Partners

    • LexMedia
    • VistaPrint
    • Signs by Tomorrow
    • Sign Logic
    • Cricket Media
    • The Graphic Group
    • AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Boston chapter
    • Professional Designers
    • Professional Photographers

Industry Certifications

    • Adobe Certified Associate in PhotoShop
    • Adobe Certified Associate in Illustrator
    • Adobe Certified Associate in InDesign
    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
    • CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training

Possible Career Pathways

    • UX Designer
    • Graphic Designer
    • Art Director
    • Creative Director
    • Typographer
    • Multi-Media Designer
    • Graphic Designer - Sr. Level
    • Illustrator
    • Web Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Photographer
    • Packaging Designer
    • Game Designer
    • Mobile Designer
    • Animator
    • Junior Graphic Designer
    • Creative Assistant
    • Production Coordinator
    • Pre-Press Specialist

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Starting Salary

  • Earnings Vary by Speciality
    $36,500-$95,000

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

    • Bristol Community College
    • Central Maine Community College
    • Middlesex Community College
    • North Shore Community College