About Amarillo College
Located in the panhandle of Texas, Amarillo is closer to Oklahoma City than to Dallas. However, Dallas is not much farther (a six-hour drive). The proximity to two major cities is enough to attract students interested in the creative arts, but Amarillo itself has quite a lot to recommend it, including the Panhandle Art Center and the Amarillo Museum of Art, which focuses on 20th century American and European art as well as Asian art. The Galleries at Sunset Center is a new artist colony of working art studios with about 35 working art studios representing more than 100 artists. Every second Saturday of the month features live entertainment and special guest artists. One of the largest artists' co-ops in the state, this is a great place to sample work of the area's top artists. Fine paintings in all media and sizes; unusual sculpture and pottery; workshops and classes. Amarillo is also home to the unique artistic expression at the Cadillac Ranch, where ten Cadillac cars are buried nose down in a field at the same angle as the Egyptian Cheops Pyramid. Amarillo offers ample shopping, including art supply stores and other art-themed boutiques. Dining options are abundant as well, featuring cuisines from around the world, as well as art cafes. Amarillo is located on the famous U.S. Route 66.
Amarillo College is a junior college institution that was founded in 1929. Even during it's earliest decades, the college focused on vocational training as well as general education courses. Seventy-five percent of the faculty have a master's degree or above, with sixteen percent holding a terminal or doctoral degree. Small class size (20 students on average) offers the advantage of more individual attention. Classes are offered during morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours, as well as television, distance learning, and Web-based courses.
Amarillo College offers the AAS and a certificate in graphic design. The program offers a foundation of art courses coordinated with options in print media, multimedia, or animation and prepares students to be graphic designers. Courses include digital imaging, typography, computer illustration, design, drawing, and Web page design.
Amarillo College also offers the AAS and certificate in interior design. The program provides a balance of technical, creative, and business training necessary for a career in the interior design profession. The program is designed to allow students to easily matriculate into a baccalaureate program in the discipline. Coursework includes technical drawing, commercial design, history of interiors, textiles, residential design, lighting, and professional practices. Amarillo College offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. Amarillo College is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).