The Digital Communication programs offer students the opportunity to explore innovative digital media. Business and industry need skilled illustrators, photographers and technical communicators to design, photograph, write, edit, and produce a wide variety of advertising and technical materials in print and electronic media.

Degrees and Certificates - Digital Communication

Digital Communication - AAS

Digital Communication-Level I - Certificate

Digital Communication-Level II - Certificate

Digital Publishing - ESC

eLearning and Courseware Development - Enhanced skills certificate

Digital Photography

Digital Communication-Digital Photography Specialization - AAS

Digital Communication-Digital Photography Specialization-Level I Certificate

Digital Communication-Digital Photography Specialization-Level II Certificate

Digital Photography - ESC

Graphic Design Specialization

Digital Communication-Graphic Design Specialization - AAS

Digital Communication-Graphic Design Specialization-Level I Certificate

Digital Communication-Graphic Design Specialization-Level II Certificate

Digital Multimedia Specialization

Digital Communication-Digital Media Specialization - AAS

Digital Communication-Digital Media Specialization - Level I certificate

Digital Communication-Digital Media Specialization - Level II certificate

Web Publishing Specialization

Digital Communication-Web Publishing Specialization - AAS

Digital Communication-Web Publishing Specialization-Level I Certificate

Digital Communication-Web Publishing Specialization-Level II Certificate

Database Programming for the Web - ESC

Visual Effects and Motion Graphics

Digital Communication-Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Specialization - AAS

Digital Communication-Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Specialization Level I certificate

Digital Communication-Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Specialization Level II certificate

Digital Communication-Animation and Special Effects - Certificate

Program Information

General Requirements

 

The Digital Communication programs offer students the opportunity to explore innovative digital media. Business and industry need skilled illustrators, photographers and technical communicators to design, photograph, write, edit, and produce a wide variety of advertising and technical materials in print and electronic media.

Each of these programs provides students quality instruction in the rapidly evolving technologies which are utilized in regional and global careers. Photography students acquire skills in photographic techniques for illustrative, photojournalistic and portraiture presentations. Multimedia and Web students acquire skills in animation, digital video and the construction of interactive web pages. Graphic Design students acquire skills to develop their original concepts and ideas in traditional studio and digital design processes. Students in all specializations develop portfolios of their work to help prepare them for work in the industry after graduation.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Digital Communication. Students may choose from one of the following five specializations: General, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Multimedia, or Web Publishing.

THECB allows students to earn only one Certificate Level I in Digital Communication. Students may choose from one of the following five specializations: General, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Multimedia, or Web Publishing. Likewise, THECB allows students to earn only one Certificate Level II in Digital Communication. Students may choose from one of the following five specializations: General, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Multimedia, or Web Publishing.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate ability to select and apply industry standard software in design.
  • Design and demonstrate use of software and techniques in Digital Communication’s practical applications.
  • Develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates skills required for employment.
  • Present a portfolio of work that demonstrates skills required for employment.

Accreditation

HCC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Seven Art and Design Programs—Studio Art, Interior Design, Digital Communication, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Filmmaking, and Digital Gaming & Simulation for Artists—collectively represent the Art and Design Unit at HCC.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Phone: 703-437-0700
Website: nasad.arts-accredit.org

Employment

There are 4,290 Graphic Designers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 1.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 171 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $20.30 hourly, $42,000 annually