Career Success

The change to Visual Communication Design will be effective as of Fall 2020.

Why Visual Communication Design?

Every book, magazine, poster, advertisement, logo, website, product graphic, or exhibit design began as a creative spark in the mind of a graphic designer.

The work of today's visual communictation designers spans an exciting array of media, from conventional printing to emerging digital platforms. That dynamic landscape, combined with the timeless quality of graphic design—mixing words and images to communicate visually—assures a rewarding career of disseminating ideas, knowledge, and opinions to a global audience.

From graphic identity systems to books, magazines and newspapers; from print and television advertisements to websites and electronic publications; from sports products and package design to exhibits and museum displays, the world of possibility for well-educated and highly skilled graphic designers and digital media specialists is wide open.

Why Visual Communication Design at Champlain College?

According to a study conducted by AIGA, the professional association for design, and Adobe, the maker of digital creation tools like Photoshop, designers need a "broad understanding of issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, technological, and economic contexts for design,"  as well as "the ability to work in a global environment with undersmtanding of cultural preservation" and "an understanding of ethics in practice" among other competencies above and beyond traditional graphic design skills.

Few, if any other, institutions offering graphic design or Visual Communication Design degrees are providing the comprehensive, integrated education necessary to cultivate all of these critical competencies. Champlain's forward-thinking program absolutely does. In fact, 87% of graduates of the Class of 2017 within this major who are employed within six months of graduating are in positions relevant to their career goals. 

Champlain Visual Communication Design Graduates Are Ready

  • You'll mature as a graphic designer, mastering the basics of form, color, composition, typography, photography, layout, and motion graphics.

  • In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, each of Champlain's career-focused majors feature skill-building, hands-on learning opportunities and other major-specific programs that help our students create highly marketable résumés.

  • Receive intensive personal support from a devoted faculty that provides teaching excellence, professional knowledge, and attentive advising.

  • Our students have had opportunities to intern at leading companies in the Burlington area, including Burlington City Arts, Clutch Creative, Driven Studio, and Four Nine Design, as well as internationally at BKA Interactive in Auckland, New Zealand, and HRVST Collective in Montreal, Canada.