Montreat College and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) signed a strategic articulation agreement on Thursday, February 1, to benefit students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of Visual Communication and Experience Design.

Under this agreement, Catawba Valley students who successfully earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in Advertising and Graphic Design are granted a direct pathway to transfer into Montreat College’s Visual Communication and Experience Design (VisComm) bachelor’s degree program with junior status. Students enrolled in Montreat’s comprehensive VisComm program are educated in graphic design, web UI/UX, and brand creation and management to help them engage in the experience design process to create integrated design solutions.

“We are excited to welcome Catawba Valley Community College graduates into our innovative Visual Communication and Experience Design program,” said Dr. Paul J. Maurer, president of Montreat College. “This partnership reflects our dedication to fostering educational relationships with community colleges throughout North Carolina and creating a clearer path for aspiring designers to advance their skills and prepare for a successful career with a liberal arts education.”

“This agreement exemplifies our commitment to providing our students with enhanced avenues for academic growth,” expressed Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College. “By connecting our associate’s degree program with Montreat College, we empower our students to further pursue their passion at another exceptional institution within our state.”

Since the start of the 2023-24 academic year, Montreat College has signed additional articulation agreements with Gaston College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Wake Technical Community College.

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College, and Dr. Paul J. Maurer, President of Montreat College, celebrate the signing of their articulation agreement on February 1, 2024, in Hickory, NC.