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Bachelor's DegreeGraphic Design: Major in Visual Communications

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Online Photoshop Classes, Indesign Training, Adobe Illustrator TrainingThe visual communications industry is an exciting, innovative and creative field. The Westwood College bachelor's degree program in graphic design: major in visual communications is designed to offer you the skills you need to prepare you for jobs in print and media. Through the creation of layouts, using industry-relevant software, you'll learn the skills necessary to start your career in visual communications. You can choose to participate in this program on one of our campuses or online.

Program features include:

  • courses that help prepare you for Adobe® certificates*, such as InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, and Photoshop®
  • training in a wide range of design topics, including web design, page layout and packaging design
  • a final student portfolio in print, digital and web formats to demonstrate your skills to potential employers
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*Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

  • Course Info

    A graphic design: major in visual communications degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Print Production
    • Digital Color Theory 
    • Advanced Illustration
    • Advanced Image Editing
    • Packaging Graphic Design
    • Fundamentals of Web Design

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Create professional quality visual design compositions
    • Develop effective sequential art and interactive media
    • Use various drawing techniques to illustrate the design process
    • Validate that design projects meet ethical, copyrighted and fair use guidelines
    • Develop professional quality print and multi-media design campaigns to meet client needs

    Locations offering this degree:*

    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    DuPage Campus - Woodridge, IL
    Chicago Loop Campus - Chicago, IL
    O'Hare Airport Campus - Chicago, IL
    River Oaks Campus - Calumet City, IL

    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA
    Arlington Ballston Campus - Arlington, VA

    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Graphic Design: Major in Visual Communications degree take you?

    Our graphic design: major in visual communications program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in visual communications. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career.Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design: major in visual communications from Westwood College.*

    • Graphic design
    • Image editing
    • Print production

    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions.

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    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.
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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Graphic Design: Major in Visual Communications graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • American Apparel
    • Attraction Studio Photography
    • Boombah, Inc.
    • Chapman University
    • Coulour Marketing and Design
    • Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation
    • Indonesia Media
    • Modern Greetings
    • Oncore Marketing Media
    • Performance Media Placement
    • Tectron International
    • Veritas Document Solutions

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
  • News

    Read about the most recent happenings on Facebook, see what we've been tweeting about or check out our College and Career blog for interesting resources. Our most recent news stories are listed right here:

    Westwood College graduate is one of five students nationwide to receive APSCU’s GREAT award

    Guillermo De La Riva was selected from more than 180 nominations for the 2014 award.


    Westwood College to host major video gamers event Dec. 7

    WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, new games, tournament play and more highlight "Fighter Frenzy" opening of SuperCon 2K gamers series.


    Westwood College introduces new scholarship and reward program

    100% of Westwood College students eligible for at least one of 11 institutional scholarships or rewards.


    Members of congress welcome Westwood College during Hill Day

    Westwood students visit U.S. Capital offices and discuss the face of career colleges.


    Westwood College student designs winning logo for APSCU convention & exposition

    Sughey Abreu De Hernandez wins grand prize in logo contest for Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.


    Westwood College takes on larger role in strategic direction of private sector colleges

    Committee appointments by Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities reinforce partnership between college and trade organization


    Virginia senator Barbara Favola visits Westwood College to better understand benefits of career colleges

    Students, faculty and staff join politician in tour


    California representatives Loretta Sanchez and Ed Royce visit Westwood College and see hands-on learning in action

    Students, faculty, staff and area employer join representatives in tour.


    Colorado representative Scott Tipton visits Westwood College and sees hands-on learning in action

    Students, faculty, staff and area employer join Congressman in tour.


    Westwood College students create a path to job success in a challenging economy

    Eric Lovett named 2012 recipient of the $10,000 Platinum PATH Scholarship.


    Westwood College's fourth gathering of video game legends prepares students for employment in gaming

    Top industry pros give tips, advice and specific feedback to gaming students through pitch competition.


    Westwood College & Black Book Sessions partner to host youth art contest

    Event paired popular artists with local youth to celebrate art and inspire creativity.


    Westwood College announces graduate success stories

    Alumni recognized for completing degrees and using hands-on skills to find fulfilling careers despite personal and economic challenges.


    Westwood College suggests looking beyond the course catalog when considering colleges

    Offering hands-on experience and access to industry leaders can prove to be invaluable to a student's education and eventual job search.


    Westwood College awards BlackBook Sessions 11 art contest winner opportunity to receive scholarship

    Event paired popular artists with local youth to celebrate art and inspire creativity.


    MISLEAD art exhibit features six emerging artists from Westwood College

    Artists explore propaganda through photography, graphic design, illustration, concept and 3D art.


    Westwood College introduces Employment Pledge

    Reinforces commitment to preparing students for future careers.


    Blackbook Sessions Art Event at Westwood College Pairs Popular Artists with Local Youth to Celebrate Art and Inspire Creativity

    Westwood College was the location host of 10th Blackbook Sessions, a free and public art event and contest featuring professional artists showing off their skills and sharing inspiring stories.


    Westwood College offers tuition-free alumni retraining to graduates

    School’s mission is to encourage lifelong learning.


    2010 Inspire thru attire t-shirt design contest

    Congratulations to the winners of the Inspire Thru Attire T-shirt Design Contest. We had such a strong showing, over 250 artwork submissions; it's a 3 way tie! After five semi-finalists were chosen, online voting determined the grand prize winners. The theme was “The Power of Education”. See the winning art here...


    Westwood College Students Take Home Ten ADDY® Awards

    Students from Westwood College recently celebrated a successful award night with the Orange County Ad Club, a chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), by taking home a total of 10 ADDY® Awards for their work in graphic and creative design.


    Westwood College Helps Veterans Combat The Rising Costs Of College Tuition Through The Yellow Ribbon Program

    Program Closes the Gap between VA Benefits and the Actual Cost of Most Colleges


    Westwood College Students Take Home Home Fourteen ADDY® Awards

    Los Angeles, CA - Students from the Westwood College - Anaheim Campus and Westwood College - Inland Empire Campus recently celebrated successful award nights in Orange County and the Inland Empire, taking home a total of 14 ADDY® Awards for their work in graphics and creative design.


    Westwood College doubles number of degrees offered in Dallas and Fort Worth; Now Offers Bachelor's Degrees

    Denver, CO - Westwood College ( announced today it has doubled the amount of degree programs previously offered at its Dallas and Fort Worth campuses. As part of this, both campuses will provide two bachelor’s degree programs – a first for Westwood in Texas – and three new associate degree programs in some of the state’s most in-demand and employable industries such as network management, graphic design, hotel and restaurant management, paralegal and construction management. Classes for the new programs will begin on March 18, 2009.


    Westwood College Launches Student-Powered Online Magazine

    DENVER, CO - Westwood College Online today announced the launch of a new online magazine produced by its School of Design students and faculty. WOL | DESIGN | ONLINE | Magazine may be the first of its kind in Design Education. The 166-page publication was designed and produced by Westwood Online students and faculty during an online course symposium.


    Westwood College Graduate Receives National Award on Capitol Hill

    Denver, Colo. - Westwood College today announced that one of its graduates from the Anaheim, Calif. campus, Henry Lopez, received the Career College Association (CCA) 2008 GREAT (Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement and Talent) Award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


    Westwood College Students Selected As Finalists for the Face of Chicago at the Latino Film Festival

    Four Westwood Chicago Loop Students were selected as finalists for becoming the Face of the 23rd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.


    Westwood College Wins Six OC ADDY Awards

    Westwood College took home six awards at the Orange County Advertising Club's 2007 ADDY Awards competition on Saturday, March 31, 2007.

  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and graduation rates of students who attended this program, as well as occupations listed by the Department of Education as potential careers for this program, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.