Cedar Valley College
About Cedar Valley College
Cedar Valley College is located in Lancaster, Texas, just fifteen minutes from downtown Dallas. Within downtown Dallas is the city's arts district, home to several arts venues including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Dallas Children's Theatre. East of the downtown area is Deep Ellum, a prime jazz and blues hotspot in the South. The Cedars neighborhood to the south of the downtown area boasts a growing population of studio artists and an increase in entertainment venues. Current attractions include Gilley's Dallas and Poor David's Pub. In addition, Dallas maintains a cultural affairs office as a department of the city government. The office is responsible for six cultural centers located throughout the city, funding for local artists and theaters, and initiating public art projects.
Cedar Valley College is one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District. The District was formed in May 1965. Cedar Valley College opened in 1977 as the fifth college in the district. Cedar Valley's architecture and landscaping have given the college a reputation for being one of the most scenic business sites in the Dallas area. The campus includes a gazebo and a pedestrian walk along two sides of a 17-acre lake. The campus also features a 350-seat performance hall, gymnasium, and baseball field. Cedar Valley College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Cedar Valley offers a two-semester program to receive a computer graphics specialist certificate. This program is designed for students who wish to choose a particular art concentration within the computer graphics field. Emphasis options include print graphics, Web graphics, and animation graphics. The curriculum is designed to familiarize students with art and technical concepts, skills, tools, and computer software. Required courses include drawing, digital imaging, and portfolio development for graphic design. Students then choose from electives within one area of emphasis. The print emphasis offers courses in two-dimensional design, computer illustration, and digital publishing. The Web emphasis features courses in Web design, visual design for new media, and two-dimensional animation. The animation emphasis offers courses in three-dimensional modeling and rendering, basic animation, and three-dimensional animation.
Cedar Valley also features a three-semester certificate program in computer graphics. This program provides students the basic knowledge and skills to work in positions such as a computer graphics specialist. All courses taken in the certificate apply to the available computer graphics AAS degree. Courses include two-dimensional design, computer illustration, digital imaging, two-dimensional animation, drawing, digital publishing, three-dimensional modeling and rendering, basic animation, computer graphics, and portfolio development for graphic design. Students also choose from a list of electives including three-dimensional animation, visual design for new media, and Web design.
Finally, Cedar Valley offers a two-year AAS degree in computer graphics. This degree is designed to allow students to gain skills in using industry standard equipment and software and will stress the role of motion graphics in designing and producing professional graphics for the Web, animation, and video games. Coursework includes two-dimensional design, drawing, computer illustration, digital imaging, two-dimensional animation, Web design, three-dimensional animation, and the portfolio development course. Students within the degree program must also complete all general education requirements and take elective courses in art history, advanced design, printmaking, or photography.
Cedar Valley offers many institutionally-funded scholarships. Available scholarships include the Bill J. Priest Scholarship, the Carole Rolnick Shlipak Scholarship, the Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Scholarship in Visual Arts, early foundation scholarships, the John J. Etheredge Scholarship, and the Foundation Emergency Need Scholarship Fund. Criteria for scholarships varies. Awards may be based on financial need, academic performance, or leadership abilities.