School and Ranking Info
The three schools in Salt Lake City, UT, that offer programs in multimedia and digital communications include a for-profit technical institute, a small, private not-for-profit college, and a large, suburban community college. The latter was chosen as the top school for multimedia and digital communications based upon its program variety and the opportunity for students to train in a brand new facility.
- Winner: Salt Lake Community College is not only the largest, but also the most diverse postsecondary school in Utah. Among the 120 fields of study available at the college is a specialized program in visual art and design that leads to an associate degree.
School Info Chart
|Category||Salt Lake Community College|
|Location||Salt Lake City, UT|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $3,342 (in-state);
|Design and Visual Communication Degree Awards Offered||Associate|
|Design and Visual Communication Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||27*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class||23%**|
|Noteworthy||According to Community College Week in 2013, Salt Lake Community College placed 16th among the top 100 associate-degree producing institutions in the U.S.|
Source: *U.S. News & World Report
Salt Lake Community College
- Facilities include the state-of-the-art Center for Arts and Media and Mass Communication Center
- Design and Web design programs include a required course or an elective in portfolio development
- Campus-based art and cultural events have included a lecture on design and visual art
- Campus-based chapter of SkillsUSA, a nonprofit career organization
Salt Lake Community College's (SLCC) serves the academic and career training needs of more than 32,000 students a year on ten campuses; it has a student-faculty ratio of 23:1. The college has an open admissions policy and offers classes both on campus and online. Through the school's Visual Art and Design Department, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Visual Art and Design with an emphasis on graphic design, multimedia or Web design; 27-36-credit certificate programs in electronic publishing, mobile publishing or Web graphic design are also available.
The 69-credit design emphasis includes 55 credits of major coursework in website animation and design, layout techniques and typography; students also train in the use of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop software. Similar coursework can be found in the 65-credit multimedia program, where students learn about digital painting and video production, 3-D modeling and advanced computer graphics. The 68-credit Web design emphasis is a relatively new program that covers topics in website management and promotion, digital media and e-commerce design. The programs are overseen by over a dozen faculty members; suggested prerequisites include an understanding of computers, drawing and imaging software.