Visual Communications focuses on multimedia, video, and web page production with an emphasis on media design.
As a student in the visual communications program, you will acquire skills in:
- Pre-production and story boarding
- Video production and editing
- Location and studio lighting
- Audio production
- Motion graphics, 3D, and compositing
- Presentation design and instructional media
- Web and interaction design
- Media design
If you have a strong aptitude for problem-solving, storytelling, aesthetic judgment, and an interest in art as it interacts with technology, the Visual Communications program at Madison College is for you. Your Visual Communications instructors have knowledge and experience across this creative field and develop courses that combine traditional and new media technology.
Once admitted to the Visual Communications program, you may choose to earn an additional associate degree in Graphic Design or Web & Digital Media Design with only two more semesters of study.
Graduates of Madison College’s Visual Communication 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 Area Technical College.
Students in the Visual Communications degree program at Madison College can attend full or part-time.
Visual Communications classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
Graduates from Madison College's Visual Communications 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 Visual Communications 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
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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 Semester10-201-1023 credits10-201-1033 credits10-201-1362 credits10-201-1371 credit10-201-1813 credits10-203-1302 credits10-801-1953 creditsSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth Semester10-206-1913 credits10-206-1283 credits10-201-1622 credits10-206-1971 credit10-809-1973 credits10-809-1993 creditsElective - See below for recommended elective options2 creditsRecommended Electives10-206-1441 credit10-206-1553 credits10-206-1561 credit10-206-1923 credits10-206-1933 credits10-206-1943 credits20-801-2533 creditsRecommended electives also include the Honors Courses: 10206801 and 102069012-3 credits
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.
Summer 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is June 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023
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
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
Learn more about residency determination and program availability.
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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Wisconsin SchoolsStudent 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.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsStudents 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.
After completing the Visual Communications associate degree program at Madison Area Technical 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 Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 10 11 11 Number of Surveys Sent 10 11 11 Number of Surveys Returned 3 9 7 Percent of Surveys Returned 30.00% 81.80% 63.60% Available for Employment 3 9 6 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 85.70% Not in Labor Market 0 0 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 14.30% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 2 3 4 Percent of Graduates Employed 66.70% 33.30% 66.70% Employed in Related Occupation 1 1 3 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 50.00% 33.30% 75.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 50.00% 66.70% 25.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 6 2 Percent Seeking Employment 33.30% 66.70% 33.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3 3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 9 7 Very Satisfied (4) 2 0 1 Percent Very Satisfied 66.70% 0.00% 14.30% Satisfied (3) 1 9 5 Percent Satisfied 33.30% 100.00% 71.40% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 14.30% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 9 7 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 7 2 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 77.80% 28.60% Career Change 1 2 2 Percent Career Change 33.30% 22.20% 28.60% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 14.30% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 1 0 2 Percent Personal Interest 33.30% 0.00% 28.60% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 3 4 Before Enrollment 0 0 2 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 50.00% While Attending the College 2 2 0 Percent While Attending the College 100.00% 66.70% 0.00% After Training at the College 0 1 2 Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 33.30% 50.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 2 3 4 In College District 2 2 2 Percent In College District 100.00% 66.70% 50.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 2 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 33.30% 50.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 2 Average Monthly Wage $2,752 $3,612 $3,560 Average Hourly Wage $16.00 $21.00 $20.70 Average Work Hours per Week 40 40 43.5 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $30.00 Average Work Hours per Week 25
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Cheramy Creative Lead Graphic & Web Designer McFarland Forte Films & Stills Lead Videographer Milwaukee Menards Videographer Eau Claire
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