College of the Siskiyous - Weed, CA | California Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

College of the Siskiyous

School Summary
800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
(530) 938-5555
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Town: Remote
Campus Housing:

About College of the Siskiyous

College of the Siskiyous (COS) is a public community college with one of the most beautiful campuses in California. The school is located in the city of Weed, California. The area's landscape is dominated by Mount Shasta, a large volcano which usually has snow near its peak all year round. Mount Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth highest in California. Winter visitors to Weed can rent a snowmobile or ski, snowboard or cross country ski at Mount Shasta Board & Ski Park. Hikers will want to visit the Black Butte Trail, with close up views of Black Butte and great vistas. Avid fisherman will want to try for some of the wide variety of fish available in Lake Shastina. Must-sees outside of the city include the Living Memorial Sculpture Gardens and Pluto Caves.

The Department of Art at COS offers Certificates of Achievement in both graphic design and Web design. Both certificate programs may be completed in as little as one semester when the student is taking courses fulltime. The graphic design certificate program provides students with instruction in desktop publishing, computer graphic design skills, photo-imaging skills, printing estimating and other printing operations. Students must first complete courses in computer applications and college composition before entering the program. Required courses include digital illustration, digital imaging, photography, and digital publication design. The remainder of the requirements are met when the student chooses one additional course in design, painting, or drawing.

The Web design certificate program is intended for individuals who are interested in building a solid foundation in the design and development of Internet communications. Completion of a course in computer systems and applications is required before entering the certificate program. Additional required coursework includes Web design, Web animation, Web programming, and two levels of Web publishing. Students complete the program by choosing a course in either digital illustration or digital imaging.

The Communications Media department at COS offers programs in media communications. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the broadcast television, cable television, and independent video industries. Students may either complete a 2-year program to receive an Associate of the Arts degree or a Certificate of Achievement program that may be completed in as little as one semester. The degree program requires completion of all general education requirements plus core coursework including an introduction to mass media, humanities and film, digital video production, television production, TV studio production, film and TV writing, and digital video editing. The Certificate of Achievement requires courses in digital video production, TV field production, TV studio production, TV and film writing, and digital video editing.

Scholarships at COS are financially supported by family and friends or organizations. Scholarship applications are available through the Financial Aid Office, the COS Foundation Office and online at the COS Foundation Office Web site. A few of the available scholarships include the COS Faculty Association Scholarship, the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Program, and the Supervisory/Confidential Scholarship.

COS provides many student support services, including those for special populations such as Veterans and disabled students, academic support including an academic success center and tutoring services, and other resources such as a health clinic and student clubs. There are a variety of student clubs available for students on campus including a Black Student Union, a drama club, music, vocal jazz, and community band clubs, the Native American Alliance, and the Screaming Eagles Bike Club. Athletic teams in football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball are active in the Fall, and baseball, softball, track and field, and board and ski teams are active in the spring.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,