About Harcum College
Harcum College is a small co-educational junior college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The school offers associate degrees and certificates or the chance to earn college credits transferable to a four-year institution. Bryn Mawr is a small town of approximately 4,400 and is just west of Philadelphia. For arts and entertainment in Bryn Mawr, there is the Film Institute, a non-profit theater that shows independent, foreign, and art films. The Main Point is a small coffee house that features live music. The American College and Bryn Mawr Campus Arboretums offer pleasant walks and places to relax.
Harcum College was established in 1915 by Edith Hatcher Harcum and her husband Marvin as a junior college for women only. The board of trustees voted to make the school co-educational on December 8, 2003. Harcum opened with only five students, but today has over 900.
Students wishing to prepare for a career in the fashion industry can major in fashion design at Harcum. The program is part of the Center for Business and Professional Studies and includes training in business practices as well as design. Students get a strong foundation in art and design and then build upon that with practical knowledge in business and retail management. Coursework includes design, textiles, drawing, apparel construction, fashion history, pattern design, math, marketing, advertising, and business.
The interior design program at Harcum offers students the opportunity to earn either a certificate or an associate's degree. With the degree, students have the best opportunity for entering the work force as a residential or commercial interior designer. After four years working in the industry, a designer can take an exam to become a licensed professional. Students may also go on to a four-year college after earning either the certificate or the associate degree at Harcum. The interior design curriculum is taught in both a lecture and studio format and gives students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment. The curriculum focuses on visual communication, technical skills, and solving problems creatively. Coursework includes color and lighting, technical drawing, history of furniture, materials, history of architecture, business practices, and portfolio, which collects and showcases a student's work.
The Harcum College financial aid department recognizes that paying for college is increasingly challenging. 92% of Harcum students receive some sort of aid. The school works together with students, parents, and federal and state programs to help students with financing their education. To be considered for aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will help determine the aid a student is eligible for. Students may be able to get federal and state grants, scholarships, or federal or private loans.
Individual programs at Harcum College are accredited by the appropriate institution.