Visual Media Registration

The Visual Media program is a rigorous 2-year curriculum providing the framework for a strong portfolio and guidance for career preparation, whether as an entrepreneur or as a visual communications professional. Examine concepts, ask questions, solve creative problems and push the boundaries of traditional media using the power of still and motion imagery. Expand your knowledge both individually and in small teams to craft creative solutions from aesthetic conception to final application.


  • Eligibility for English 101 (College Composition)
  • Eligibility for Math 081 (Pre-Algebra)
  • Approval of Portfolio (Requirements below)

Approved List

Because there is often more interest in this program than we can accommodate, and because it is Fall entry only, student’s names are collected throughout the year and placed on Approved List.


Admission to Seattle Central College:

  1. You must apply to the school and use a valid email address to receive a response.

  1. A Student ID number will be emailed to you a few days after you applied to the school.

Acceptance to Seattle Central College does not guarantee entrance into the Visual Media Program. To ensure the application process to the Visual Media Program is complete, you must follow all the steps below.


Academic Requirements

Students must show that they are ready to take College Composition (English 101) and Pre-Algebra (MAT 081) by either (a) taking the placement test for admissions, or (b) providing transcripts from any previously attended accredited institution(s).

A: Placement Tests

Testing is conducted in room 1106 between the hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm M-F with extended hours until 7:30pm on M & T. You will not need an appointment for testing, however it does take approximately 1 1 ⁄ 2 to 2 hours to complete. When you come in to test, please bring:

  • SID Number (which you will receive after completing the admission process)
  • Photo ID
  • $18.00 testing fee, payable to the Cashier

B: Transcripts
Obtain a copy of any previous college transcripts (unofficial is fine). Math Grades are only good for three years. After that, you will need to take the math portion of the placement test above.



Once you have been admitted to Seattle Central, contact the Program Academic Advisor, Rebecca Shropshire, Rebecca., (206) 934-3149 or Leon Lewis,, (206) 934-2052 located in room 1102. They will evaluate your test scores and open a Program File for you.

Program File

Please bring your Program File to the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division office (room 4128) at Seattle Central College Office. We will hold this file pending your portfolio passing a Portfolio Review at which point you will be put on the Approved List. You cannot be placed on the Approved List without an established program file.


***Visual Media Portfolio Requirements***

There are several remaining portfolio reviews for students wanting to start Fall 2018. We take 24 students each year and it is competitive, so the first 24 students accepted are the class. If your portfolio is not accepted you may re-work it and re-submit it. Submissions are taken the second week of each month, March 5th to 9th, April 9th to 13th, May 7th to 11th, June 4th to 8th, July 9th to 13th and August 6th to 10th. You will then be notified during the following couple of weeks.


Skill Requirements / Portfolio Review

  1. You must email this SID number to Distance Learning: also please cc:
    Please include Visual Media Portfolio in the Subject line, and your SID and name in the body of the email.
  1. You will receive an email from Distance Learning with login credentials and a link to upload your portfolio.
  2. Click the sent link and login to the site, using the credentials you received in the email.
  3. Click on “Click Here to Begin”
  4. Click the “Portfolio upload” link
  5. Double-check the specifications. Listed are the same as those that were sent to you via email before you developed your portfolio.
  6. Click “Choose File” and navigate to the file on your device
  7. For multiple files, Click “Add Another File”; and repeat this process BEFORE you hit the “Submit Assignment” button.
  8. Click “Submit Assignment” when ready
  9. When your portfolio has been reviewed, you will receive the results via email, along with additional information.

How to upload your portfolio in Canvas



Open House: We strongly recommend that you attend an Open House about this program at your earliest convenience. Open House is scheduled during the 5th week of each quarter from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Fall quarter – October 25th, 2018, Winter quarter – January 30th, 2019 and Spring quarter – May 2nd, 2019. For specific information on dates and times contact the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division Office, room BE-4128, 206.934-4164.

Enrollment Meeting: Prospective students on the Approved List will be contacted by US Mail late in Spring Quarter and notified of an Enrollment Meeting, which will occur in early June. During the Enrollment Meeting the program will be filled in the order applicants were placed on the Approved List. If the program reaches capacity before we are able to offer you a position, you will be invited to declare your wish to remain available to fill any late openings, or defer to the following year. At that time no further process will be necessary, however, you will be required to attend the enrollment meeting again the following year.

Address / Phone Number Changes: It is your responsibility to inform us if your contact information changes. Please inform the Division Office directly in writing or by email. Notice of the Spring enrollment meeting is done once by first class regular mail only. DEFERRAL: Students on the Approved List may defer entry by one year with a written or email request to the Division Office. This can be done only one time. COSTS: Students in these programs incur significant additional costs for tools and supplies. We advise prospective students to make financial plans accordingly while waiting to enter the program. More information on the Seattle Central Website.