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Graphic Design Education at A Community College

community-collegeCommunity colleges are sometimes thought of as the forgotten stepchild of higher education. As a result, these excellent institutions of knowledge may be overlooked.

For individuals who want an education through a graphic arts school, community colleges may offer the career training you need in design, illustration, photography, and other related disciplines.

Why Go To A Community College?
Community colleges serve as public centers of learning for a college education. They focus on two-year associate degree programs, certificates, and career training.

Students attending community colleges often transfer to four-year colleges to complete their bachelor's degrees. Nearly half of all undergraduates who pursue their bachelor's degrees start their higher education at a community college.

Other benefits also include:

Cost Savings: Those who go directly to a four-year college upon graduation from high school are likely to spend much more for a full-time course load as opposed to community college students.
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Flexibility: Those who are unsure of which design field they want to go into can experiment by having the freedom in trying different classes. While this is possible at a four-year college, it will not be as costly to do this at a community college.
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Location: Many community colleges are relatively close to the homes and residences of students. This provides the convenience of attending classes and avoiding the cost of room and board by living at home.
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Smaller Class Sizes: Generally speaking, you can expect classes to be smaller at community colleges when compared to four-year universities. English classes, as an example, may have class sizes of 300 students or more at a university, while many community colleges try to keep class attendance between 20-50 students. This presents a better teacher to student ratio and personalized attention.
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Credit Transfer: Some students spend their two years at a community college with the express purpose of getting all their general education classes completed. Community college students can then transfer these credits to the four-year college of their choice.

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Who Went To A Community College?
Successful individuals in various fields started their higher education by first attending a community college.
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Some of them are:

graduates2R. Bruce Merrifield, 1984 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Colin Powell - Former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State
Eileen Collins - NASA astronaut
Jim Lehrer - News anchor PBS
George Lucas - Film director/writer/producer
Janne Kirkpatrick - Former UN ambassador
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Film actor, politician
James D. Sinegal - CEO of Costco stores
Arthur Goldberg - Supreme Court Justice
Calvin Klein - Fashion designer

thinking2Consider the Alternatives
Should you go to a traditional college, attend classes through distance learning, or go to a community college? Each one has its advantages.

But if the specific benefits of going to a community college fits your needs, it may be the perfect solution for your design education and career training.
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