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Get Started in Visual Communications

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at Brookhaven College.


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Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Get detailed information about the courses required for degrees and certificates in Visual Communications.

Atrium Gallery Offers Student and Professional Exhibits Throughout the Year

The Visual Communications Department manages the Atrium Gallery on the Brookhaven campus. The gallery curates six exhibits a year of work by students and professionals in various visual communications fields, including graphic designers, illustrators, advertising artists and other media specialists.

The Atrium Gallery is also home to the statewide Texas 2Show, a juried student design competition for students of accredited two-year colleges and schools across Texas. The annual show is held in mid-October; work is selected by a jury of area professionals.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The Visual Communications program is recognized by the Texas Skills Standards Board, an advisory board to the governor and Legislature whose mission is to develop a system of skill standards for community and technical colleges. Brookhaven’s program is one of only two community college programs in Texas that has been awarded this prestigious recognition.  

The Visual Communications program is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting agency for art and design and design-related disciplines. 

Related Programs

Check out related programs in computer-based arts, A/V technology and communication or design.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

Brookhaven’s Visual Communications department maintains three Macintosh smart labs complete with laser and color printers and scanners.

Mac computer classes offer instruction in industry-current design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash. Students enrolled in the program have the benefit of both scheduled and open lab time in the Macintosh lab.

The Visual Communications Department also sponsors a student club, the VCom Club.

Faculty Profiles

Visual Communications faculty members have relevant academic degrees as well as experience in the industry, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of some of our Visual Communications faculty.

Transfer Information

The Visual Communications program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Related Information

See links to information about Visual Communications-related organizations, industry news and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Visual Communications program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.