Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg
About Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg
Harrisburg Area Community College is a two-year institution granting certificates and associate's degrees in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, has a population around 50,000. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg is home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and also hosts educational science lectures. In 2004, Harrisburg started the CowParade, a public art show, in which fiberglass cows painted by local artists were displayed all over the city. The capital city is also home to the National Civil War Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Susquehanna Art Museum.
HACC was established in 1964 to educate the community and to develop the community's work force and economic growth. The school primarily prepares students for careers or for further study at universities and professional schools.
The art department at HACC offers an art and design associate degree for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. It is suitable for those interested in fine arts, graphic design, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and art history.
Students may earn an associate's degree or certificate in graphic design. The program includes training on industry-standard equipment and graphic arts software. Students create a portfolio for job interviews. The certificate prepares students for a career in graphic arts by teaching the newest trends in digital imaging, layout, web design, and interactive media.
The art department offers a transfer program for photography students. It prepares students to go on to a professional art or photography school for further study. Coursework includes design, black and white photography, drawing, art history, color photography, and studio photography. Students can also earn a certificate or an associate's degree in photography.
Students can earn an associate's degree in contemporary crafts and marketing. This apprenticeship style program teaches students to create craft objects, design prototypes, and choose materials to create a limited production run. Students take classes in marketing, studio, and entrepreneurship and then create booths at markets to sell their crafts.
To qualify for any financial aid, students must be enrolled in a program at Keystone and must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may then be eligible for federal and state grants and loans, scholarships, private loans, or work study.
Harrisburg Area Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Department of Education authorizes the college associate's degrees.