Visual Communications

Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Video, Photography, Web Design, and Illustration

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Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Web Design, Photography, and Illustration

What is VC?

Visual Communications is a program at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. We offer two degree tracks: An AAS in Graphic Design, and in Graphic Design with an Option in Interactive Media (Web design, animation, and filmmaking). Have other questions? Follow the links below:

Overview Sessions

If you are interested in more information about graphic design options at Chemeketa, we invite you to attend an overview session of the VC program.

2014-2015 Dates

  • Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
  • Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
  • Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
  • Monday, June 15th, 2015

All sessions are from 4:30–6:00PM in 4/225 on the Salem campus

We will talk about our degrees in graphic design and interactive media, show examples of student work, provide information about the application process and discuss transfer and career options. A packet of information is available online.

You are also welcome to attend our annual student portfolio show to be held Thursday June 4th, 2015 from 4–7pm in Building 4, room 225.

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Get Graphic: Learn something creative this fall!

August 6th, 2014

Filmmaking Series

Documentary Filmmaking

FLM 265 | 3 credits | Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 9:50pm

Portland filmmaker Christian Bergmans returns this year with a series of classes for everyone interested in making their own films. Documentary Filmmaking  FLM265 will be offered this fall. Students will work with camcorders and computer-based editing software to produce their own personal mini-documentaries in this entry-level course designed to explore filmmaking and professional production techniques. All levels welcome. Basic equipment provided. Tuesday evenings. Instructor: Christian Bergmans


Artwork by Allison Bruns

Intro to Illustration

ART 238 | 3 credits | Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 9:50 pm

Learn the art visual storytelling.  ART238 Intro to Illustration introduces a variety of traditional wet and dry media. Work with professional illustrator Allison Bruns and adapt some of your art skills for use in freelance illustration. Check out Allsion’s work at


Photo by Brian Wytcherle

Photography 1

ART 265 | 4 credits | Fridays 9:30 – 3:20pm

If you want to get beyond the basics in photography or if you are enrolled in the VC program, ART265  Photography 1 is the class for you. This course requires the use of a digital SLR and includes advanced techniques and extensive color correction. A lunch break is provided. Instructor: Brian Wytcherley. His work is viewable at

Photo by Laura Lawn

Intro to Photography

ART 142 | 3 credits | Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 9:50pm

Learn to get more from your digital camera and inkjet printer. Covers camera controls, exposure methods, basic image adjustments and composition. Previous computer experience required. Instructor: Laura Lawn.

Darkroom & Film Photography

ART 261 | 4 credits

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 – 11:50 am

Learn the art of traditional black and white photography from both an aesthetic and technical point of view in General Photography ART261. The class includes fundamental camera handling, exploring photographic techniques, learning proper darkroom procedure, and reviewing the history of photography through the eyes of contemporary photographers. Fully adjustable 35mm SLR film camera required. Morning and evening classes available. Instructor: Marty Giovannini.

Design Software

Photoshop 1

VC 130 | 2 credits | Mondays 6 – 9pm or Online

Take your photos to the next level. This is an entry-level class for students with no previous experience in Photoshop. Previous computer experience required. Projects Include: Photo Restoration, Color Correction, Digital Illustration, Compositing, Type Effects. Instructor: Julian Harkema

Dreamweaver 1

VC 134 | 2 credits| Online

This is an entry-level class for students with no previous experience in web design. It introduces the concepts and techniques of web design software. PC or Mac acceptable. Dreamweaver CS3-6 or CC required on your home computer. Instructor: Heidi Shamberger

VC Instructor Bret Malley Publishes Photoshop Compositing Book

August 1st, 2014

Late June saw the release of full-time VC faculty member Bret Malley’s book Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop: Bringing the Impossible to Reality. The 360-page book is full of excellent compositing techniques, artist interviews, and artwork by Bret that include his toddle son performing amazing feats. Bret will also be a presenter at the PeachPit Press booth at Photoshop World in Las Vegas in September. Congratulations to Bret on publishing his first (and certainly not last) book!

Part-time Faculty Openings in Visual Communications

June 3rd, 2014

Wanted: Design Instructors

The Visual Communications program at Chemeketa Community College has a number of part-time faculty positions open for the 2014-2015 academic year. There are openings for a Graphic Design instructor, Web Design instructor, and Illustration instructor. Teaching opportunities range from a single-term class to full-year in-depth sequences. Either way, you get to work with amazingly talented students in a newly-remodeled space.

Interested? Apply online through the Chemeketa HR Web site.

Click through for more information on each opening…

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Photography: Forming Style & Starting a Business

April 19th, 2014

Join Angela Shae on Wednesday, April 23rd from 11:30am – 12:30pm in 4/278 for a Noodle Soup titled “Photography: Forming Style & Starting a Business”. Angela is a former student and currently a professional photographer.

Spring into Creativity with Courses from VC

March 11th, 2014

Photography, filmmaking, and graphic software headline the Visual Communications late afternoon, evening, and online classes this spring.

You do not need to be a VC program student to enroll in these courses, but some do have prerequisites.

All courses listed meet for the full eleven-week term. See the schedule timetable for additional information on how to register for these classes. For questions about these or other classes, contact Christine Linder at or 503.399.6473.


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