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About the Program

Visual Communications Careers (VCC), previously called Visual Communications Technologies (VCT), is the new name of the program area comprising the following degrees: 3D Modeling and Animation, Graphic Design & Production, Narrative Video Production, Photographic Careers, and Web Design.

Our industry advisors tell us that all media types are mixed in the computer these days; therefore, it is difficult to isolate the media into only one career area. That is why we give students a solid foundation in visual communications and specialty skills in our five degree areas.

If you are interested in cool visual media, read the bullet points listed below for each degree. Keep looking until you find the ones that ignite your passion.

Then click on the degree program page to learn more, and schedule a tour!

3D Modeling and Animation

The 3D Modeling and Animation AAS degree prepares students for 3D content development careers throughout a variety of industries including Game Development, Film and Visual Effects, Forensic and Medical Animation, and many others. This program provides the comprehensive skills of 3D animation, modeling, texturing, visual effects, concept art, and character rigging that can be used in a variety of applications. Emphasis is on providing the valuable technical, conceptual, and design skills necessary for those wishing to obtain a position as a 3D artist.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Unleash the power of art and technology to produce eye-catching graphics and motion to experience a heightened sense of reality
  • Develop an create a wide range oof stunning 3D content for gaming, entertainment, medical, and forensic animation
  • Work individually and in teams to bring to life your vision of how animations should look, move, and feel
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment, and further education with a professional portfolio

Interested in a career in 3D Modeling & Animation? Schedule a program tour!

Graphic Design and Production

The Graphic Design & Production Program at Century College prepares students to use a creative design process to develop ideas into clear and purposeful communication that informs, markets and promotes. Using a hands-on approach, students develop the skills and confidence to take a variety of publications from concept to finished product. Projects include corporate identity, packaging, publishing, advertising, signage, and information graphics.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Express your unique vision to design and produce marketing projects from concept to completion
  • Interpret client needs to design logos, illustrations, animations, photography, and product packaging for dynamic visual communications
  • Showcase your abilities alongside other creative individuals while creating a professional portfolio
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment, and further education with a professional portfolio

Interested in a career in Graphic Design & Production? Schedule a program tour!

Narrative Video Production

Write your own hero story. Become a video producer in the Narrative Video Production Degree program. Story guides production decisions and in this degree you will realize the value of storytelling, planning, shooting, editing, and visual effects as you create narrative films, news stories, and documentaries; as well as marketing, instructional, and promotional pieces.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Tell amazing stories by developing and producing creative films and videos for real-world clients
  • Use cutting-edge professional camera gear, hardware, and software while crafting an impressive portfolio
  • Attain hands-on expertise in visual communications working individually and with imaginative peers
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment, and further education with a professional portfolio

Interested in a career in Narrative Video Production? Schedule a program tour!

Photographic Careers

The Photographic Careers AAS degree prepares students for a career in professional photography. Course assignments ready students for event, location, and studio shooting. The program covers what professional photographers need to jump start their careers. Topics include professional equipment, editing, workflow, business and marketing practices for photographers, lighting, and portfolio development. Emphasis is on providing skills necessary for those wishing to start a career in photography.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Create and capture compelling images of people, events, fashion, products, and landscapes that thrill clients
  • Build a professional photography business including brand identity, marketing plan, online presence, social media integration, and client management
  • Bring your creative vision to life using professional techniques, high-tech equipment, and a full range of editing tools
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education

Interested in a Photographic Career? Schedule a program tour!

Web Design

The Web Design AAS Degree prepares students for careers in web design. The program places a strong emphasis on the creative design process. Students are introduced to front-end web design concepts.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Interpret client needs to design creative, eye-catching, and responsive websites and mobile applications
  • Create impactful visual communication to engage the public for clients trying to make a splash
  • Maximize search engine optimization by developing clean, modern, and intuitive websites
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment, and further education with a professional portfolio

Interested in a career in Web Design? Schedule a program tour!

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's VCT Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Transfer

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Potential Job Titles

Student working on an iMac during class.
  • Animator and Multi-media Artist *
  • Film and Video Editor *
  • Graphic Designer *
  • Photographer

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree

Salary Data

Animator and Multi-media Artist *
Average Wage: $26.17/hour
Top Earners: $37.83/hour

Film and Video Editor *
Average Wage: $23.53/hour
Top Earners: $39.93/hour

Graphic Designer *
Average Wage: $24.04/hour
Top Earners: $38.68/hour

Photographer
Average Wage: $22.34/hour
Top Earners: $39.80/hour

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu