Anne Arundel Community College
About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is located in Arnold, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. The county has more than 534 miles of coastline on the Chesapeake Bay. It forms part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Annapolis, home to the U.S. Naval Academy and state capital of Maryland, is just over five miles away from the campus. Visitors can charter boats from schooners to yachts in which to sail the Bay, enjoying typical water sports such as fishing, crabbing, water skiing and swimming. There are also two state parks, more than 70 county parks, and several nature preserves.
AACC includes a department of architecture and interior design, offering both two-year AAS degree and certificate programs in architecture or interior design. The architecture option offers the AAS degree in architecture as well as a CAD operator certificate program to be completed in two semesters and an architectural illustrator certificate to be completed in three semesters. All students study architectural design and architectural materials and methods. The illustrator certificate program also includes study in drawing and color. The AAS degree program includes computer applications and environmental systems for design, plus a fourth semester of architectural design which includes a portfolio assignment for all students. The interior design option offers the AAS degree in interior design and an interior design certificate program to be completed in two semesters. Both programs include study in interior and architectural design, plus fundamentals of design and space planning. The degree program adds study in environmental systems for design and material and methods for interior design, among other courses.
The department of visual arts at AACC offers two-year AA degree programs in visual arts, media production, interactive technologies, and graphic design. Certificate programs can be completed in a year and are available in the fields of photography, video production, graphic design, and publication design for the Internet with either a graphic design or programming option. All visual arts programs are designed to teach students the latest techniques used in the fields of gaming, photography, graphic arts, video, animation, audio and web design.
AACC offers scholarships awarded based on academic or other achievements. To apply for most AACC scholarships, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the AACC Scholarship Application. Scholarships for students enrolling full-time include the Presidential Scholarship for first-year students and the Kathy and Jerry Wood Scholarship for first-year students with financial need who recently graduated from an Anne Arundel County Public High School. Also, the athletic department as well as several academic departments offer and administer their own scholarships, and should be contacted directly for additional information.
AACC offers many student services including academic advising, campus information and visitor services, the Academic Support Center with tutoring and testing services, a career center, health and disability services, and an on-campus child care center offering care for preschool-aged children of students and faculty. The office of Student Life provides learning opportunities and co-curricular activities on campus. Co-curricular organizations include an Architecture Club, the Art Association, the Arundel Fund Investment Club, the Astronomy club, and the Campus Activities Board which plans, promotes and produces social activities for the campus community. Activities include drive-in movies, coffeehouses, concerts, an Earth Day celebration, comedians, novelty acts and more.