It’s all about the visual – and you already know you have an eye. The key is finding and telling a story. That’s what you’ll learn.
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Video Audio Design
Program Number: 102061
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Arts, Design and Humanities
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    Video Audio Design focuses on multimedia, video, and web page production with an emphasis on media design.

    As a student in the Video Audio Design program, you will acquire skills in:

    • Pre-production and Storyboarding 
    • Video Production for Live Events
    • Video Editing
    • Production Management
    • Location and Studio Lighting 
    • Post-production Color Correction. 
    • Audio Engineering and Recording
    • Audio Post-production Editing.
    • Motion Design and 2-D Animation.
    • Compositing and Special Effects

    If you have a strong aptitude for problem-solving, storytelling, aesthetic judgment, and an interest in art as it interacts with technology, the Video Audio Design program at Madison College is for you. Your instructors have knowledge and experience across this creative field and develop courses that combine traditional and new media technology.

    Graduates of Madison College’s Video Audio Design program will participate in our bi-annual employer-attended portfolio show and enter the job market with a professional portfolio showing prospective employers the skills and capabilities acquired at Madison College.   

    Program Details

    Students in the Video Audio Design degree program at Madison College can attend full or part-time.

    Video Audio Design classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.


    Graduates from Madison College's Video Audio Design program find work throughout several large industries, including broadcast television, state agencies, entertainment, independent production companies, health care, and education.

    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Video Audio Design graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of visual communications, including:

    • Multimedia Design
    • Interactive Design
    • Webpage Design
    • Video Production
    • Computer Animation
    • Display Design
    • Media Design/Production
    • 3-D Design


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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Recommended Electives:
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

      Spring 2024

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

      Summer 2024

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is June 15, 2024

      Fall 2024

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

      Admission Requirements

      All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

      1. Admission Application

      The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

      2. Education Completion

      Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

      • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
      • GED/HSED transcript
      • College transcript(s) showing:
        • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
        • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
          • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
          • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

      All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

      Additional Notes

      • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
      • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

      After Acceptance

      Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


      Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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    • Transfer Opportunities

      Wisconsin Private Schools

      Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
      Students who complete the visual communications program can transfer up to 64 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

      Out-of-State Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    • Career Outcomes

      After completing the Video Audio Design associate degree at Madison College, you will be able to:

      • Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services.
      • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of media software, tools and technology.
      • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion.
      • Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings.
      • Implement project management skills to meet customer and market demands.
      • Apply effective and ethical business practices.
      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        Number of Program Graduates111114
        Number of Surveys Sent111114
        Number of Surveys Returned979
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment968
        Percent Available for Employment100.00%85.70%88.90%
        Not in Labor Market
        Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%14.30%11.10%
        Available for Employment

        Graduates Employed346
        Percent of Graduates Employed33.30%66.70%75.00%
        Employed in Related Occupation135
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation33.30%75.00%83.30%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation211
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation66.70%25.00%16.70%
        Employed - No Response000
        Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Seeking Employment622
        Percent Seeking Employment66.70%33.30%25.00%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)333.6
        Number of Satisfaction Responses979
        Very Satisfied (4)015
        Percent Very Satisfied0.00%14.30%55.60%
        Satisfied (3)954
        Percent Satisfied100.00%71.40%44.40%
        Unsatisfied (2)010
        Percent Unsatisfied0.00%14.30%0.00%
        Very Unsatisfed (1)000
        Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        Number of Primary Reason Responses979
        Preparation for Getting a Job722
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job77.80%28.60%22.20%
        Career Change223
        Percent Career Change22.20%28.60%33.30%
        Improvement of Existing Skills011
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%14.30%11.10%
        Preparation for Further Education001
        Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%11.10%
        Personal Interest022
        Percent Personal Interest0.00%28.60%22.20%
        Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses346
        Before Enrollment020
        Percent Before Enrollment0.00%50.00%0.00%
        While Attending the College201
        Percent While Attending the College66.70%0.00%16.70%
        After Training at the College125
        Percent After Training at the College33.30%50.00%83.30%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        Number of Employment Location Responses225
        In College District225
        Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District000
        Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin000
        Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Employer Location Unknown000
        Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend202020212022
        Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count125
        Average Monthly Wage$3,612$3,560$3,352
        Average Hourly Wage$21.00$20.70$19.49
        Average Work Hours per Week4043.541
        Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
        Average Hourly Wage$30.00
        Average Work Hours per Week25
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
        Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
        Girl Scouts of BadgerlandMarketing & Retail Specialist
        Hiebing GroupAssociate Motion Designer & Video Editor
        La Crosse TechnologyDigital Media SpecialistLa Crosse
        Trek BicycleStudio VideographerWaterloo
        WMSN TVProduction Producer

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