Art and Design (formerly Visual Communications)


Fall 2020 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: Blended
  • Year 2: Blended
  • Year 3: Blended

While many of our courses will be taught entirely online, some essential course components have been identified that will require a face-to-face format. For those courses, students should be prepared to attend in-person classes at the Medicine Hat campus. These courses include:

  • ARFN 231 2D Fundamentals
  • ARDR 241 Drawing I
  • ARFA 351 Painting I
  • ARFA 353 Serigraphy I
  • ARFA 372 Relief Printmaking I
  • ARFA 304 Sculpture I
  • ARFA 305 3D Design I

Prepare to Learn:

  • Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.
  • As computer lab access is not available this fall, additional hardware and software requirements will need to be factored into your budgeting and planning. Please click here for more information.
  • Additional course details will be shared before the end of July.


About the Program

The Visual Communications program is changing its name! Effective July 1, 2020, the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Communications) will be changed to Bachelor of Applied Arts (Art and Design).

Today’s art and design professionals are often required to be involved in the entire creative and technical process, from concept through production. Today’s media and art forms are no longer just two-dimensional, static, and print-based, but now include virtual space, digital media, and interactivity. This program helps prepare you to enter this dynamic and ever-changing career field.

Perhaps the most unique element of our program is a careful blending of fine art and design. Both aspects are viewed as integral parts of the field, and our program strives to integrate and interrelate the fine arts with design.

The program also integrates the most recent advances in digital technology. This combination of fine art, design and technology will help prepare graduates for the contemporary workplace.

The core program is the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Art and Design) degree. In addition, Medicine Hat College offers 2 one-year art and design certificates: the Post-Degree Certificate, available if you have already completed an art, design, or related degree; and the Post-Diploma Certificate, if you have already completed a two-year diploma in art, design, or a related field.  

Our applied degree offers a work term component, which consists of two three-month paid work placements. These placements help you hone the skills you develop in college and build a resume that will be attractive to potential employers upon graduation.

Our graduates have launched successful careers in a diverse range of art and design fields. The skills and knowledge you develop may be applied in just about every industry or location. Alternatively, many graduates choose to refine their entrepreneurial skills and develop their own businesses.

High School

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • or C or better in MHC English 30
  • or placement in post-secondary (diploma or university transfer) English as determined by the MHC Academic Assessment Test

Conditional Admission Plan (CAP)

If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Conditional Admission Plan (CAP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available. CAP is individualized to meet your needs.

Please see the calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up to date set of courses related to Bachelor of Applied Arts Visual Communications.
Visual Communications graduates have excellent success in securing employment, both in a freelance or self-employment capacity, and as employees within existing firms and industries.  Employment opportunities are available in a variety of workplace locations, including print shops, design studios, publishing houses, film studios, televisions stations, theatres, museums and art galleries, and other places involved in visual and digital production. Many Visual Communications graduates have gone on to start their own graphic design, photography, and video production businesses.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.

Have you always wanted to study abroad?

Enhance your education, share in cultural diversity and embrace new experiences. Visit the INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAM section to find out more.

The BAA (AD) program requires the completion of two, 3 to 4 month Work Terms (ARVC 395 and ARVC 495).  These Work Terms can only be completed after Academic Term IV and at lease one of the two Work Terms must be completed prior to the last academic semester (Academic Term VI).  These requirements may be adjusted in exceptional circumstances, with the permission of the Dean. 

The two applied degree Work Term courses are paid work semesters designed to extend the learning process into the work environment.  Medicine Hat College will make every effort to place students; however, work opportunities may fluctuate with a changing labour market.  Moreover, you should be aware that work placement opportunities in Medicine Hat are limited, and that you may have to relocate to complete your work term  semesters (work terms can be completed anywhere in Canada or even abroad).  You should be prepared to cover your expenses for placement and should also be prepared to receive trainee or entry-level compensation at your place of employment.

You register for two Work Term semesters in addition to your academic requirements.  Each Work Term is equivalent to 15 credits.

One on One

One on One Gallery is an integral part of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Art and Design) program at Medicine Hat College. We use our One on One Gallery as a teaching tool to enhance our student’s education by inviting professional artists and designers to showcase their work and bring contemporary and exciting ideas to our community.

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