Front Range Community College
About Front Range Community College
Front Range Community College is a two-year institution of higher education with a campus in Westminster, Colorado. Westminster is a place focused on family living, with annual events including the Mayor's "Easter Eggstravaganza," the Mother and Daughter Tea held right before Mother's Day, and the Father and Daughter Ball in June. Art aficionados will enjoy local art shows, galleries and public art sculptures throughout Westminster. Nature and wildlife fans can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking or camping at Standley Lake Regional Park. Visitors to the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center can explore the indoor tropical rainforest, featuring nearly 1,200 live butterflies fluttering around freely. Westminster is also less than five miles from Hyland Hills Water World, one of the nation's largest water parks. The Denver Aquarium, Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Colorado State Capitol are all within a 20-minute drive.
FRCC offers a 2-year AAS degree program in architectural engineering and construction technology with a concentration in architectural engineering technology. This area of concentration is a comprehensive two-year study in architectural drafting, elementary design and engineering principles. Aside from the college's general education requirements, required core curriculum includes basic architectural drafting, residential construction drawing, construction materials and systems, construction practices and documents, commercial construction drawings, building design development, two levels of computer-aided drafting, an introduction to PC applications, and applied statistics and strengths of materials.
The college also has a two-year AAS degree program in computer-aided drafting and design. This program provides advanced CAD skills to the student seeking a career within computer aided drafting and design. Required courses aside from general education requirements include blueprint reading for CAD, two levels of basic computer-aided drafting plus custom and three-dimensional CAD, and a capstone project course. Students must also choose an elective from a list of drawing courses that includes basic architectural drafting, graphic communication, and mechanical drawing. Additional courses determined by the student's occupational interests include residential construction drawing, architectural desktop, introduction to geographic information systems, landscape graphics studio, and introduction to interior design.
In addition, FRCC offers many design-related certificate programs. Most can be completed within one calendar year. Available certificates include advanced architectural computer-aided drafting, advanced mechanical CAD, and animation and visualization CAD. The advanced architectural computer-aided drafting certificate offers advanced training in CAD for architectural engineering and construction technology graduates. Required courses include computer-aided drafting in 3D, architectural desktop, a capstone project course, and an internship or independent study work. The advanced mechanical CAD certificate prepares students to become proficient in the use of advanced mechanical computer-aided drafting with a concentration in mechanical CAD applications. Required courses include custom computer-aided drafting, solidworks/mechanical, a capstone project course, and manufacturing communication and teamwork. The animation and visualization CAD certificate prepares students to become proficient in the use of computer-aided drafting with a concentration in 3D graphics and animation and visualization applications. Required courses include two levels of basic computer-aided drafting, three-dimensional CAD, 3D Studio Max, and a capstone project course.
FRCC also offers a 2-year AAS degree in multimedia technology. This degree prepares students for entry-level positions dealing with the production of interactive CDs, medical illustration, gaming, Web animation, cartooning, and fashion illustration. Core classes focus on helping students learn industry standard software in illustration, photo manipulation, Web graphics, animation and 3D modeling, and digital video production. Students must complete all general education requirements and choose an area of concentration within the program. Within the Animation concentration, required major courses include introduction to multimedia, two levels each of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, two levels of graphic design, Web motion graphic design, digital animatics, and two levels each of 3D animation, after effects, and game design. Students also choose from a list of required electives including advanced drawing, figure drawing, Web design, and painter for digital media. A course in animation production or a capstone project course is also required for graduation. Within the Print and Presentation concentration, required courses include production design, two levels each of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, graphic design, and typography, Adobe InDesign, point of purchase package design, electronic prepress, and either graphic design production or a capstone project course. Required electives are to be chosen from a list including art history, newspaper design, E-commerce marketing, principles of advertising, and digital photography. Within the Video concentration, required courses include videography, typography, sound design, digital video editing, Web design, Web motion graphics, and a capstone project course. Required electives are chosen from a list including principles of marketing or advertising, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and digital photography. The Web media concentration includes required coursework in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Web design, Web motion graphic design, graphic design, digital video editing, and either Web design production or a capstone project course. Required electives are chosen from a list including complete Web authoring or scripting, Web database, Java programming, and implementing eCommerce.
One-year certificates in multimedia technology are also available. Students may earn certificates in animation, digital imaging, graphic design, multimedia general, multimedia print/presentation and multimedia Web. The animation certificate includes coursework in Adobe Photoshop and Illustration, digital animatics, 3D animation, Web motion graphic design, after effects, game design, and either animation production or a capstone project course. The Digital Imaging certificate includes coursework in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, introduction to visual communications, graphic design, photography, digital darkroom, an internship, and a capstone project course. The Graphic Design Technician certificate includes required coursework in drawing, visual concepts 2D design, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, typography, graphic design, photography, an internship, and a capstone project course. The multimedia general certificate requires courses including introduction to multimedia, production design, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Web design, Web motion graphic design, and graphic design production or a capstone project course. The multimedia print/presentation certificate includes courses in production design, graphic design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, typography, electronic prepress, and graphic design production or a capstone project course. The Multimedia Video certificate includes courses in videography, Adobe Photoshop, typography, motion graphic design, sound design, digital video editing, and DVD authoring. The multimedia Web certificate requires courses including introduction to multimedia, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Web design, Web motion graphic design, digital video editing, and either Web design production or a capstone project course.
Criteria for institutionally-funded scholarships at FRCC vary greatly, but may include academic achievement, program affiliation or civic involvement. The FRCC Foundation provides many scholarships to new and returning students. A few of the available scholarships include the Anna Frieda Westdahl Memorial Scholarship, the BCC Student Scholarship, the Everitt Companies Single-Mother Scholarship, several FRCC Foundation Create a Future High School scholarships, the FRCC Foundation First Generation General Scholarship, the FRCC Foundation General Scholarship, the FRCC Foundation Longmont Legacy Scholarship, and the FRCC Friends in Harmony General Scholarship.
FRCC offers extensive student services, from tutoring to career counseling. Students have access to academic advising, child care, disability services, financial aid, student employment, and Veterans services, among others. The average class size at FRCC is 17 students to one faculty member. The small size makes one-on-one attention easy and common. FRCC also has more than 30 student-run clubs and organizations including special interest, religious, academic and professional groups. The Study Abroad program at FRCC offers both international and domestic programs. In the summer of 2008 literature students will travel to Germany, business students to China, Spanish students to Mexico, and Art students to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Past trips have been to Rome, France, Scotland, and Ireland, among others.
Front Range Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.