The Arts & Communications programs at Virginia Western prepare students for employment or further education in visual arts or performing arts or in the field of visual communication.  This career pathway offers opportunities to transfer to four-year programs in professional art schools or programs in fine arts.  These programs also prepare students for employment in visual communication fields such as graphic design, advertising, web design, and multimedia design.       

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees

Career Studies Certificates (CSC)

student representing visual design programs

Program Types

AAS - Designed to prepare students to directly enter the workforce. Some programs may transfer to 4-year institutions.

AS & AA - Designed to transfer to a 4-year institution.

Certificate - Programs that are less than two years in length in an occupational area.

CSC - Programs that are less than one year of length in an occupational area.

Fast-track - Credit and non-credit courses for business and industry training, retraining, and certifications, as well as personal enrichment.