About the Degree
General Education Requirements
CCV’s Design & Media Studies program allows students to combine their skills in creativity, communication, design, and technology to find employment in the broad area of arts and media. All students will get a firm grounding in visual and verbal communication, design software, drawing, photography, and the creation of a professional portfolio. Students will also choose one of four focus areas: Digital Media Production, Graphic Design, Media Communications, and Visual Arts. Completing one of these focus areas, and expanding on this with strategically selected electives, will connect graduates with established four-year college programs both within Vermont and elsewhere and will also prepare them for the job market.
All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.
Graduates of the Design & Media Studies program will be able to:
- demonstrate fluency with technical, conceptual, and formal visual problem-solving skills through the creation of art, design, and/or media projects;
- demonstrate effective use of digital technologies to create art, design, and/or media projects that incorporate design thinking, visual storytelling, and interactive communications;
- curate a professional portfolio of selected finished works that effectively communicates readiness for employment or further education;
- demonstrate academic knowledge required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
- explore pathways and demonstrate preparedness for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.
The Design & Media Studies program is great for you if:
- you want to turn your passion for art, design, technology and communications into a career;
- you enjoy using art, text and images to communicate visual messages;
- you are preparing for a career in advertising, publications, marketing, or media;
- you are preparing for a career in visual arts, art education, art therapy, or technology for teaching & learning.
Key information and advice for students in the Design & Media Studies program:
- Many of the courses in this program are widely available online and throughout the state and are often taught by professionals in the field.
- Transfer agreements make it possible to transfer easily to a number of four-year colleges.
- The degree provides practical experience with industry-standard computer graphic software.
- Students will learn foundational drawing, design, and technical skills that will help them to create visual solutions for their personal vision and/or potential clients.
- The required Portfolio & Project Development course provides practical experience in the workplace and can be a stepping stone to employment in the field.
- The student will create a portfolio of work that can support application into a bachelor degree program or direct employment.
- The associate degree in Design and Media Studies is the perfect balance of liberal arts courses and workplace preparation that will allow students to further their education in a four-year program, or join the workforce at an entry level.
The Design & Media Studies program prepares you for careers such as
- Graphic designer for newspaper, advertising, publishing firm or department.
- Multimedia Designer at a communications agency
- Web Publisher
- Multimedia Educational Specialist
- Illustrator for Periodicals and Newspapers
- Gallery Worker
Job outlook in Design & Media Studies in the state of Vermont:
For up to date Vermont labor market information, including salary information and growth projections, please visit the Economic and Labor Market Information at the Vermont Department of Labor Website.
The Vermont State Colleges System’s (VSCS) Direct Admissions program gives CCV students guaranteed transfer admission to Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, or Vermont Tech. Direct Admissions students follow course maps that ensure classes taken apply to both their bachelor and CCV associate degree, saving them time and money.
CCV also has transfer agreements with 4-year colleges and universities throughout Vermont. Visit our transfer page for additional information and to view all of our transfer maps on one Excel spreadsheet.