About Darton College
Darton College is a unit of the University System of Georgia, located in Albany, the hub of southwest Georgia. The city is situated on the banks of the Flint River. It serves as the main source of cultural activity in the area. The Albany Museum of Art is southwest Georgia's only fully accredited art museum. The Albany Symphony is southwest Georgia's only professional orchestra. The city is also home to a professional ballet troupe, an amateur theater production company, an artists guild, an area arts council, and a concert association.
Darton College is a two-year institution of higher learning accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution was founded as Albany Junior College in 1963, offering its first classes in 1966. In 1987, a committee of faculty, staff, students and community members chose the name Darton College. Today, Darton's 180-acre campus on Albany's western edge includes a 470-seat theater, state-of-the-art library, fitness center, computer labs, and sports facilities such as tennis and racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, a nature trail and ball fields. A wide range of extracurricular activities includes groups such as Book Talk and Art Students League, plus intramural athletics, league tournament athletics, community service associations and honor societies.
Darton's art department offers a wide range of art and design courses and programs, including a 2-year AA degree in art intended for transfer. Students in the art program complete the Darton core curriculum of general education requirements, and then complete at least eighteen additional credit hours chosen from a list of art and design courses. Available courses include design, art history, drawing, ceramics, Web page design, photography, computer arts, and visual design. This degree can then be used to meet the requirements of a four-year university to enter a design program in a field such as advertising, photography, or graphic, visual, or Web design and complete a four-year BA or BS degree.
In addition to this two-year transfer degree, Darton offers many one-year certificate programs in specific design fields. Darton offers a one-year graphic design certificate program structured to provide basic skills for immediate employment in the graphic design field. Students are introduced to basic, introductory level skills in the areas of drawing, two-dimensional design, digital design, photography, graphic design production, and Web page design. Darton's new one-year certificate program in video techniques and applications is set to begin in the fall of 2008. The program provides a working knowledge of the basics of the videography and digital video editing field. The program offers courses in basic and advanced digital video camera techniques, basic and advanced digital video editing techniques, computer art, two-dimensional design, and portfolio preparation and review. The one-year visual communication certificate is intended for students wishing to gain entry-level employment in the field of photography. The program includes four courses in basic photography, computer art, design, and digital photography, plus a course in photographic lighting techniques and a course entitled Professional Practices, Portfolio Preparation and Review. The one-year Web design and administration certificate program was created to provide students with a foundation of Web site creation and administration. Courses currently required in the program include Web site architecture and development, an introduction to networking, database management systems, Web server administration, and dynamic Web site development with Cold Fusion.
The Darton College Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for students attending Darton College. Darton College Foundation scholarships can be used in addition to other state and federal financial aid. All students applying for scholarships must also complete the federal financial aid application. Scholarship applications are available from the Darton College Office of Financial Aid, and applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified. Scholarships available to new students include the Foundation Half-Fee Scholarship, the Service Scholarship, the Dean¡¦s Scholar Award, the Foundation Art Scholarship, division scholarships, and memorial scholarships.