Visual Communications A.A.S.
See yourself in visual media.
Create images people remember. The two-year Visual Communications Associate of Applied Science program at Nashville State puts students in a creative environment with state-of-the-art technology to learn design principles, current imaging technology, business practices and portfolio development. Prepare for a successful career with class projects that expand and refine problem-solving skills by mimicking job situations. Choose between one of four concentrations within the Visual Communications program: Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Photography and Web Design.
Design and produce advertising, books, magazines, posters and more. The Graphic Design concentration of the Visual Communications A.A.S. puts students on classroom Mac computers to lay out pages, edit photos and create illustrations while learning the foundations of color, design and typography.
Rooted in graphic design fundamentals, the Multimedia Design concentration of the Visual Communications A.A.S. expands students’ media skillset with a variety of production and editing disciplines like scriptwriting and storyboarding. Gain technical proficiency using industry standard hardware and software tools to create desktop audio and video, digital photography and digital image manipulation. At the end of the program, you’ll be challenged to create a capstone project demonstrating your new skills by taking a multimedia production from concept to completion.
Take stunning photos as a hobby or turn your passion into a successful career. The Photography concentration of the Visual Communication A.A.S. teaches students the necessary skills of camera operation (35mm film, digital, medium and large format), lighting, portraiture, digital image editing, composition, darkroom, digital printing techniques and more.
Also available: Photography Technical Certificate
Design websites by applying the fundamentals of design to the digital world. In the Web Design concentration of the Visual Communication A.A.S., students think critically to plan the structure, usability, accessibility and navigation of a website using W3C standards. Using HTML, CSS and industry-standard web authoring software, you will get hands-on experience to prepare you for real-world application. Additionally, you can customize your program with elective courses in various digital design topics.
Beth Gorham, Program Faculty
B.F.A., Photography, University of Georgia, 1994
M.F.A., East Tennessee State University, 2011
Pam Hawkins, Program Faculty
B.S., Education, University of Tennessee, 1976
Graphic Arts Design Certificate, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1989
Skip Jackson, Program Faculty
A.A.S., Occupational Studies in Commercial Digital, Photography, Nossi College of Art, 2003
Technical Certificate, Photography, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1987
C.C.P., Certified Professional Photographer, Professional Photographic Certification Commission, 2007
Emily Naff, Program Faculty
B.S., Universal Studies in College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997
Dale Rogers, Program Faculty
M.Ed., e-Learning Technology, Jones International University, 2006
B.S., Mechanical Drafting, Alabama A&M University, 1989
David Weilmuenster, Program Faculty
B.F.A., Art, Middle Tennessee State University, 1993