We provide students with a strong foundation in good design practice in preparation for potential careers in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, department stores, in-house art departments, print publications or web design and management.


In the AGD program at CVCC, we start by teaching students how to critically and creatively think through strategies and concepts. We utilize industry standard research methods at the onset of every project to foster unique and solid student solutions.


We believe in a solid foundation; therefore, we teach students the basics of good design. Not only are students exposed to in-depth studies on the elements and principles of design, but they receive training in typography, drawing fundamentals, illustration, and the ideation process. We teach students multiple Adobe Creative Suite software programs to provide the tools to digitize and implement creations.


To learn more about CVCC's Advertising & Graphic Design program, contact Jennifer Cobb at


In today’s world, images are used more and more to communicate thoughts, ideas, events and products. Photography professionals are needed to visualize and capture these images.


CVCC’s Photographic Technology Program will teach you the basics of camera operation, lighting, photographic process and digital imaging. These basics and your imagination can lead you to a career in commercial photography, portrait photography or photojournalism.


The unique laboratory and classroom setup at CVCC maximizes the learning experience. There’s virtually no distinction from lecture to practice in the lab. Instructors work alongside students in the labs, mentoring them as they pick up new skills and fine-tune their craft.


CVCC’s Photographic Technology Program graduates can go in a lot of different directions. Some have pursued the “never a dull moment” world of photojournalism while others go into the more predictable, controlled environment of studio photography. To learn more, contact Joe Young at

Nicole Webb

Hometown: Canton, Ohio


Q: What do you specialize in?


A: I specialize in pet photography, but I want to be known for my commercial work and other aspects of photography (portraiture).




Brittany Keener

Hometown Lincolnton, NC


Q: What do you love most about photography?


A: I love that with photography you get to put your own spin on it. It’s your vision of how you see the world.



Shawna Huffman

Hometown: Anderson, IN


Q: What have you learned at CVCC?


A: I have learned that photography is a very personal profession. You have to shoot what you love and define your own style





Shelby Nicole

Hometown: Connelly Springs, NC.


Q: What are your interests outside of photography?


A: Some of my interests outside of photography are traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and food. I want to meet new people, try new things, and explore new places.



Sierra Kelso

Hometown: Bay City, TX


Q: Do you have a favorite quote or saying you live/work by?


A: “You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I rise.”

-Maya Angelou




Matthew Lee

Hometown: Taylorsville, NC


Q: Describe your work in 3 or 5 words.


A: Serious, Fun, Clean, Timeless.


Alex Lor

Hometown: Hickory, NC


Q: What is your favorite Adobe software?


A: My favorite Adobe software is Photoshop. I am fond of being able to manipulate photographs to create a visually engaging composition.



Phengkee Xiong

Hometown: Claremont, NC


Q: What is your dream job?


A: My dream job is to illustrate and print apparel designs.



Linda Chang

Hometown: Newton, NC


Q: What do you love most about graphic design?


A: I love that Graphic Design gives me an outlet to work with other highly creative people from all aspects of the world. It gives me confidence that creativity and an innovative imagination can make the world a better place.


Bethany Hilmu

Hometown: Lincolnton, NC


Q: What/who are your inspirations?


A: Harry Clarke, a stained-glass artist who also did illustration work, has been an inspiration of mine. Genndy Tartakovsky is also a long-time inspiration.



Debbie Hefner

Hometown: Rhodhiss, NC


Q: What are your goals in five years?


A: In five years, I want to be a designer that is well recognized and respected in the industry. I would love to explore entrepreneurship and open my own design business.