Chattahoochee Valley Community College
About Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is located in Phenix City, Alabama. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Phenix City the nation's number one Best Affordable Suburb to raise a family. The suburb is immediately west of downtown Columbus, Georgia, just across the Chattahoochee River. Columbus is home to many cultural and artistic venues. The Springer Opera House, the official State Theatre of Georgia, hosts performances year-round, including the popular Mainstage Series featuring new plays and musicals as well as timeless Broadway-style productions and the Academy Series featuring many of the area's talented student actors. The Bill Heard Theatre located in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts regularly holds performances of the Columbus Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, and the Columbus Ballet.
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college was established in 1973 by an act of the Alabama State Legislature to serve the citizens of the surrounding areas, both rural and urban. CVCC meets the varying educational needs of the people by offering University Parallel Programs, Career Programs, and Certificate Programs in a number of specific fields. The 103-acre campus consists of eight permanent buildings including classroom buildings, a learning resources center, a fine arts building, and a student center.
CVCC offers two-year AAS degree programs in visual communications. Students may choose either the multimedia or the print media option. The program prepares students for careers in graphics, multimedia, and commercial art. The multimedia option concentrates on creative and technical processes involved in multimedia production. The print media option concentrates on creative and technical processes involved in print production associated with advertising, publishing, and other print-media applications. Both options require completion of the visual communications core program, which includes courses in drawing, two-dimensional composition, digital photography, typography, graphics software applications, digital illustration, digital imaging, and graphic design. The multimedia option adds additional courses in presentation graphics software applications, Web development, and multimedia for the Web. The print media option requires additional courses in graphic reproduction processes, digital publishing, and graphic design basics. Students in both options also choose additional visual communications electives such as database management software applications, advanced graphic design, a supervised study in computer graphics, and cooperative work experience in the visual communications field.
Students interested in the visual communications field may also choose to complete a one-year certificate program in visual communications in either multimedia or print media. Credits earned may be applied toward the AAS degree programs as well. Required courses for both options include two-dimensional composition, typography, digital illustration, digital imaging, and graphic design. The multimedia option adds additional courses in computer logic and programming and Web development. The print media option includes additional courses digital publishing and graphic design basics. An English composition course, an orientation and a workplace skill development course are required for graduation as well.
CVCC offers scholarships to qualified students every year. Presidential scholarships are based on the student's academic achievements. Leadership scholarships are based on the student's community service and other criteria. Performing Arts scholarships are awarded to students with talents in music, art, and theater. Athletic scholarships are awarded in men's baseball, women's fast pitch softball, and ambassadors.