Visual Communications

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

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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). Have other questions? Follow the links below:

Overview Sessions

If you are interested in more information about the Visual Communication program at Chemeketa and the degrees we offer, we invite you to attend an overview session.

2015-2016 Dates

  • Thursday, February 25th, 2016
  • Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
  • Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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 must attend an overview before applying to the program.

You are also welcome to attend our annual student portfolio show to be held Thursday June 2nd, 2016 from 4–7pm in Building 4, room 225.

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Latest News

Learn Photography, Design, and Filmmaking This Winter

December 7th, 2015


Explore your creativity this winter! Work with professional designers, illustrators and photographers in small classes for lots of hands-on learning. For more information about these or other classes in graphic design or interactive media, contact Peter Hoelter at Check the schedule timetable for additional information needed for online registration. All courses listed meet on the Salem campus for the full eleven-week term.

Check the schedule timetable for additional information needed for online registration. All courses listed meet for the full ten-week term.

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Social Media Changes

October 15th, 2015

We are pleased to announce some big changes to our social media efforts.

Visual Communications now has a official Facebook page. Like us to get official updates from the program as well as photos and design work from current students. Going forward this will be the official page for announcements, news, and program updates. Like us today — we promise to not flood your Timeline with link bait.

The previous Facebook Group will continue on as before, and faculty and staff will still contribute and moderate the discussions there. However, official posts will now only come from the new page.

Visual Communications has also joined Instagram at @chemeketavc. Follow us for a more visual look at what is happening in the program.

Instant Approval Day is September 18th

September 2nd, 2015


Interested in Visual Communications? Haven’t applied for fall? We still have a limited number of positions available for Fall 2015.

Visit us anytime between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday September 18th, 2015 for our Instant Approval Day.

With your application materials in hand (completed application form, portfolio, essay, and transcripts), have your portfolio reviewed and get an answer all in one day. Download the application PDF.

If you’re a new student, take the placement tests and bring the scores with you so you’re ready to talk. Your application should include the VC application, transcripts of any previous college work, the required essay, and examples of your creative work.

This will be the last day to apply — the program will close on September 19th and no applications will be accepted after this date.

For more information about the program please read the application packet then contact VC Program Chair, Peter Hoelter at 503.399.6475 or email at

VC Application Deadline Extended

June 29th, 2015

The application deadline for applying to the Visual Communications program has been extended. There are just a few spots remaining so apply soon. All materials must be e-mailed to The program is almost bursting with new talent and energy for fall. If you are thinking about applying you have a bit more time. Come on. Do it. Must enter to win.

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Admittance Portfolio Help Sessions Scheduled

April 28th, 2015

Need help getting your application materials together?

We are here to help:

  • Friday, May 15th, 2:30–4:30pm in 4/231
  • Friday, June 12th, 2:30–4:30pm in 4/231

Bring what you have and we’ll show you how to fill out the PDF and upload your materials.

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