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, 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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Latest News

This Spring – Shoot a film! Up your photo skills! Build some vectors!

February 26th, 2015

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 christine.linder@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.6473.

 

Photography

Photo by Brian Wytcherle

Photography 1

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

Spend your Fridays working with amazing photographer Brian Wytcherley. Investigates digital photography stressing competent SLR camera handling. Covers exposure control, digital management, image editing, printing, and presentation. Emphasizes important photographic themes, including still life, lighting, and composition. Instructor: Brian Wytcherley

Digital Photography 2

ART 266 | 4 credits | Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30am–12:20pm

Apply the basics you learned in Digital Photography 1 (ART265) to include studio work with an emphasis on lighting. Work with VC instructor Bret Malley in this advanced class. Prerequisite: ART265. Instructor: Bret Malley

Photo by Kelly James

Documentary Photography

ART 268 | 4 credits | Thursdays 6pm-9:50pm

Learn the art of storytelling! This course covers the concepts and aesthetics of documentary photography. Prerequisite: ART265. Instructor: Kelly James

Photo by Laura Lawn

Intro to Photography

ART 142 | 3 credits | Mondays 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

Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

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

Taught by Portland filmmaker Christian Bergmans, Documentary Filmmaking students work with camcorders or DSLRs and editing software to produce their own personal mini-documentaries in this entry-level course designed to explore filmmaking and professional production. Equipment provided. Instructor: Christian Bergmans

Design Software

Photoshop 1

VC 130 | 2 credits | Mondays 6pm-8:50pm or Online

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

Adobe Illustrator 2

VC 140 | 2 credits | Tuesdays 6pm–8:50pm

Have fun, as you explore the advanced techniques of vector software.  Prerequisite: VC139. Instructor: Carson Brown

Dreamweaver 1

VC 134 | 2 credits| Online

Entry-level class for students with no previous experience in web design. Introduces the concepts and techniques of web design software. PC or Mac acceptable. Dreamweaver CS5 or higher required on your home computer. Instructor: Heidi Shamberger

Winter Creative Blast: Take a winter class that inspires!

December 12th, 2014

Explore your creativity in new mediums this winter! Work with dedicated professional designers, illustrators and photographers in small classes in our Mac lab and other facilities. For more information about these or other classes in graphic design or interactive media, contact Christine Linder at christine.linder@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.6473.

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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Get Graphic: Learn something creative this fall!

August 6th, 2014

You do not need to be a Visual Communications student to enroll in these courses, but check the catalog for any course prerequisites. Enrollment is limited so that students may have maximum hands-on experience. For questions about these or other classes, contact Christine Linder at christine.linder@chemeketa.edu. See the schedule timetable for additional information on how to register.

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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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