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Applying to the visual communications program

Admission into the second year visual communications program is by special application and is based on the following factors: prerequisite completion, the number of general education and electives completed from the degree requirements, and a portfolio review.

Application deadline has been extended to: May 4, 2020
Portfolio deadline has been extended to: Submit the week of May 11-15, 2020

You must complete the following steps by the program application deadline to be considered for program acceptance:

STEP 1 – Apply to Whatcom Community College

Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification (SID) number in order to apply for the visual communications program and pay related fees.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at or by phone 360.383.3001. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2 – Obtain and complete visual communications selective application forms.

Download the visual communications application or contact the selective entry coordinator by phone at 360.383.3030 or by email at

STEP 3 – Pay application fee

Students must pay the application fee ($25) on or before the application deadline.

While in-person services are temporarily not available on Whatcom's campus, the application fee may be paid by mail. Make check payable to "Whatcom Community College" and mail to:

WCC Business Office
ATTN: Visual Communications Application Fee
Laidlaw Building
237 W. Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226

Include a completed application fee payment form (page 3 of the application packet) with your check. Note your SID number and "VisCm program" in the memo line of your check.

STEP 4 - Submit visual communications application form and supporting materials by the application deadline

Submit the completed visual communications program application. All materials must be received at the WCC registration/records office by the deadline. Your packet should include:

  • Completed application for selective entry admission
  • Completed applicant checklist
  • Official transcripts from all previous attended colleges where you earned credits that may apply to the visual communications degree. (Including transcripts in this packet is not necessary if you arranged to have them sent directly to WCC admissions.)

Incomplete files will not be considered for acceptance. Late applications will be considered only if there is space available.

STEP 5 - Submit portfolio of art/design samples in a separate packet by the portfolio deadline.

Please see the "portfolio submission" section (page 7) of the visual communications application form for specific requirements.