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). 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, November 5th, 2015
  • Thursday, January 21st, 2016
  • More to come...

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

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.

How to Apply »

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.

Four Servings of Photo Soup

April 3rd, 2015

The Line-Up

Wedding Photography and Natural Light–with Erich McVey

Tuesday | April 7th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Welcome to a new term of photography Noodle Soups! This spring we have a lineup of four servings of top-notch professional photographers presenting on a range of topics. If you have even a slight interest in photography–or you are wanting to take you considerable skills to the next level, be sure write down these dates and attend. Oh and don’t forget to bring your lunch–plus any and all questions you may have for the pros.

The first serving of Photo Soup is with Erich McVey. Erich is a wedding, portrait and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light and incredible scenery.

Using an approach that combines documentary and fine art styles, Erich captures beautiful, honest, and timeless images.

Recently selected as film photographer of the year by Belle Lumiere Magazine, Erich’s work has been featured in top wedding publications; including Brides Magazine, Pacific Weddings Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Weddings Unveiled Magazine, Bella Lumiere Magazine, Magnolia Rouge, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Reverie Magazine, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink, Ruffled, and The Knot, as well as the LA Times, and Design Sponge.

Speed Light Mastery; how to light any situation with flash–Jayesunn Krump

Tuesday | April 14th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Jayesunn Krump is an award winning photographer based in Portland, Oregon. With his extensive experience shooting indoor and out, working with all types of people, models, children, families, celebrities, and more, Jayesunn has become known as one of Portland’s premiere photographers and lighting experts.

Some of his clients include: Jerry Seinfeld, Ice Cube, Adam Carolla, Joshua Jackson, Sam Adams, Mythbusters, KROCK New York, Rick Emerson, Alice in Chains, Danzig, Incubus, Vanilla Ice, The Oregonian, and Willamette Week.

Photojournalism and How to Capture Culture–Brian Wytcherley

Tuesday | April 21st | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Brian Wytcherley received his formal education at Brooks Institute of Photography, where he graduated with special recognition. His other education came from Pokemon Snap®, where unfortunately he lost badly to his little sister and received no special recognition.

His experience is from working in remote and troubled regions of the world. Shooting for magazines, newspapers, books, and print exhibitions, Brian’s specialty is building trust with local communities and the organizations that serve them.

RAW Power; shooting in camera RAW, editing in Photoshop–Bret Malley

Tuesday | April 28th | Building 4, 225 | 11:30am–12:30pm

Author and filmmaker Bret Malley is an award winning digital artist who lives in Portland Oregon with his wife, Erin and his toddler son, Kellen. He has an MFA in Computer Art from Syracuse University, and teaches photography, design and Photoshop among other things as a full-time faculty member at Chemeketa Community College. As a computer Artist, he is crazy about digital tools and art making of all kinds and especially working with Photoshop, his ultimate favorite of all applications.

Bret’s book, Adobe Master Class; Advanced Compositing in Photoshop is published through Adobe Press/Peachpit/Pearson and is out in all major bookstores in the US–and is currently being translated for Chinese markets as well.

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