About Collins College
The main campus of Collins College is located in Tempe, Arizona. Tempe is home to the Tempe Festival of the Arts, held every Fall and Spring. The festival ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. Each year, artists across the country apply to participate in the festival. Members of the local art community select the top artisans in each category to participate. Participants vary, with art including woodwork, photography, ceramics, and wearable art. In addition to the art on display and for sale, the festival features a live entertainment stage, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits, and entertainment booths for visitors to enjoy.
Collins College was founded in 1978 as Al Collins Graphic Design School in Phoenix by Al and Florence Collins. The school began as a small group of students in an evening class, and quickly grew to students in both day and evening programs, The school moved to a larger campus in Tempe in 1985 and was acquired by Career Education Corporation in 1994. A second location was opened in Phoenix in 2003. Collins College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
Collins College offers both a one-year AA degree and a BA degree in graphic design that can be completed in as little as 30 months. Students develop traditional and computer-based applications necessary to work in the graphic design industry, and may choose a specialization in either graphic design or graphic design production. They learn about communication, commerce and art, and visual problem solving. Coursework includes typography, color theory, digital production, empirical design and art direction in real-world applications. Students use industry-specific hardware and software in available computer labs, photography studio labs, and photo/video labs.
Collins also offers a BA degree in interior design. Students in this program learn to combine form and function to transform spaces and experiment with the elements and principles of design including color, light, form, balance, texture, proportion and scale. The program educates students in advanced professional and general education courses concentrating on residential, commercial and institutional interior design and related technologies. Students also complete a portfolio focused on interior design. Courses include drawing for interior design, drafting, history of interiors and architecture, and textiles for interiors.
The BA in visual art with a game art major can be completed in as little as 31 months. Students learn to create characters and settings and the fundamentals of sound design, and explore workflow concepts behind the art department of a major game studio. Students also learn to visualize a concept and gain the computer skills necessary to render it three-dimensionally. Classes include creative visualizations, audio for gaming, game design project management, and three-dimensional modeling. Students have access to computer labs, traditional animation labs, photo/video labs, and a photography studio. Students also have the option of pursuing a BA in game design only, which is a similar program that can be completed in as little as 120 weeks. Students in this program receive an education in game research and planning, content development, character development and storytelling, and then learn level design, modeling, programming and project management. Students use the latest software and technology, and complete a professional portfolio to show to potential employers.
Students interested in digital video or film and video production will also want to consider Collins College. Collins offers an AA degree in digital video. The program allows students to explore live television studio production and staging techniques for live events. Students also learn to create videos from concept to final composition, including editing. Classes include cinema history, photography, audio production, digital editing, and two and three- dimensional animation. Students learn pre-production, post-production, and non-linear editing, plus lighting and audio for video and field production. In addition to the degree, students also come away with a portfolio of professional work to show future employers. Students may also choose to continue in the program to earn a BA in film and video production. Students in this program learn the process of the three phases of production as they relate to an advanced film program. Students study screenwriting, non-linear editing, studio and location lighting, and audio for studio and field production. Further education in the technical aspects of high-definition television and the formatting differences between HDTV, film, digital video, and television processes and equipment are also a part of the program. Students also study 3D animation, advanced audio production, Super16mm film, and Sony and Panasonic professional cameras. Collins also offers industry-current studios, labs and classrooms as the ideal learning environment for students wanting quality film and video training.
Collins awards over $100,000 per year in school-funded scholarships. In addition, the college provides a scholarship office located in financial aid that assists students in finding national and state scholarships.