Program Highlights

Instructor working with students in our Mac lab

Parkland offers three tracks in visual communication design:

  • AFA in Art & Design (Visual Communication Design Focus) 
    This transfer degree is designed for students who wish to earn a Bachelor's degree at a four-year institution. By special arrangement with the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, students who complete this degree at Parkland can transfer to either school as a junior majoring in graphic design. Students who wish to pursue this "2+2" arrangement should consult with the Visual Communication Design Program Director for advisement. Course work includes 32 hours in general education courses, 22 hours in foundation art studio courses, and 9 hours of graphic design courses.
  • AAS in Visual Communication Design
    This degree is recommended for students interested in producing creative visual communication for print and web. Course work includes 45 hours of graphic design, web design and related courses plus 18 hours of general education courses.
  • Print Production Certificate
    The Print Production certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of graphic arts software. Students will learn the practical side of preparing digital press-ready files for efficient output while gaining practical experience creating posters, brochures, newsletters, and other printed materials. The certificate stresses Macintosh computer proficiency and a thorough understanding of various commercial printing processes. Graduates are employed in printing facilities and in-house corporate art departments as pre-press operators, print production specialists, or production assistants.

For more information about the Visual Communication Design tracks, contact Matthew Watt, Program Director at