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Visual Communications
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:
68 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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$12,138.80

$9,588.00 Tuition
$1,300.80 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$1,250.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    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.

    Program Details

    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
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    Careers

    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

    Resources

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.

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    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
    Recommended Electives
  • 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.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022

    Summer 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is June 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • 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.

    Additional Notes

    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. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin 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.
    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.

    Non-Wisconsin 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 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 Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 14 10 11
      Number of Surveys Sent 14 10 11
      Number of Surveys Returned 8 3 9
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 8 3 9
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 6 2 3
      Percent of Graduates Employed 75.0% 66.7% 33.3%
      Employed in Related Occupation 2 1 1
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 33.3% 50.0% 33.3%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 1 2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 66.7% 50.0% 66.7%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 2 1 6
      Percent Seeking Employment 25.0% 33.3% 66.7%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.7 3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 3 9
      Very Satisfied (4) 3 2 0
      Percent Very Satisfied 37.5% 66.7% 0.0%
      Satisfied (3) 5 1 9
      Percent Satisfied 62.5% 33.3% 100.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 3 9
      Preparation for Getting a Job 4 1 7
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 50.0% 33.3% 77.8%
      Career Change 2 1 2
      Percent Career Change 25.0% 33.3% 22.2%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 12.5% 0.0% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 1 0
      Percent Personal Interest 12.5% 33.3% 0.0%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 5 2 3
      Before Enrollment 1 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 20.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 2 2 2
      Percent While Attending the College 40.0% 100.0% 66.7%
      After Training at the College 2 0 1
      Percent After Training at the College 40.0% 0.0% 33.3%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 6 2 3
      In College District 5 2 2
      Percent In College District 83.3% 100.0% 66.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 16.7% 0.0% 33.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 1
      Average Monthly Wage $2,894 $2,752 $3,612
      Average Hourly Wage $16.83 $16.00 $21.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 40.0 40.0 40.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $25.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      North Central Utility Videographer/Content Creator DeForest

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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