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Visual Communications program to change its name

Visual communications students work in the print making lab at MHC.
March 27, 2020

The Visual Communications program at Medicine Hat College (MHC) is changing its name to Art and Design, effective Jul. 1, 2020.

The change aims to clearly communicate the nature of the program, improve searchability for prospective students, and serve as an opportunity for a program refresh.

Clint Lawrence, visual communications coordinator at MHC, says “Our philosophy of combining fine art and design makes our program unique in Alberta, and the applied degree includes paid work terms in either fine art or design fields (or both). The new name better reflects this blend of disciplines.”

Lawrence adds that the focus on delivering exceptional education in a world class facility will remain unchanged under the new name. The program will continue as a dynamic blend of fine art and design offered in a three-year applied degree format, complemented by two work terms.

“We have the opportunity to refresh and reinvigorate our program through recent curriculum mapping. We feel this clean, clear new name can reflect the lively mood and energy of our program, as well as broaden our visibility to prospective students and employers,” says Lawrence.

Students enrolled in the program in the 2020/2021 academic year will now earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts – Art and Design upon graduation. Additional information on the Art and Design program at MHC can be found here.