2012-2013 Catalog 
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Visual Communications - Photography Concentration, A.A.S.

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Visual Communications

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) with a concentration in Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Photography, Web Design
Contact Information: Program Office 615-353-3390, E-mail: vis.com@nscc.edu

The Visual Communications program provides a strong technical foundation to prepare students for visual media careers.

The Visual Communications program fosters a creative learning environment where students have access to state of the art equipment, current software, instruction, and strong technical foundations in a variety of visual media fields. They are challenged to expand and refine problem-solving skills while experiencing realistic class projects and job situations in preparation for success in the workforce.

Students learn design principles, current imaging technology, business practices, and portfolio development. The specific concentrations prepare students for careers in photography, print, web, or multimedia industries.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic knowledge required of all Nashville State Community College students including competency in writing, information literacy, verbal and visual communications, and quantitative and critical thinking.
  • Identify career options and assume a professional role in the workplace.
  • Exercise professional and ethical standards in the workplace and community.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, vendors, management, and team members.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency of hardware and software applications related to discipline.
  • Exhibit creative and conceptual visual skills and craft through creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrate time management skills by meeting deadlines.
  • Identify current issues and trends and emerging technologies.
  • Assess and develop one’s own strengths, abilities and potential.
  • Compile a portfolio of finished work that is displayed in a professional manner.

Special Requirements

Our courses are designed with the expectation that entering students possess fundamental computer skills, including the ability to:

  • Save files to specific destinations.
  • Navigate drive directories.
  • Write to a hard drive, CD, or flash drive.
  • Type effectively.
  • Edit text in a word processing program.
  • Send email with attachments.

Students without typing skills are encouraged to complete OAD 1100 .

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all COM and PHO courses to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements.


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Notice of Right to Retain Student Work

The Visual Communications program reserves the right to retain copies of selected examples of student work for teaching purposes, promotional purposes, and as a part of its permanent collection.

Photography Concentration

The Photography Concentration includes traditional and digital components, preparing photographers to work effectively in darkroom, studio and digital environments.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Convey an intended message photographically.
  • Efficiently operate a 35mm SLR, digital SLR, and large format camera.
  • Work comfortably with digital imaging computer programs.
  • Function competently in a photography lab.
  • Efficiently operate professional studio lighting equipment.
  • Approach photographic problem-solving in a creative manner.
  • Produce and present a professional quality portfolio.

Career Opportunities

  • Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Lab Technician

Course Requirements

Speech (choose one)


Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective

  • Natural Sciences Elective 3 Credits
  • Mathematics Elective 3 Credits

Social Sciences Elective

  • Social Sciences Elective 3 Credits

Technical Elective

  • Technical Elective to be chosen from any degree course with a COM or PHO prefix. 3 Credits

Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 60 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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