Housatonic Community College
About Housatonic Community College
Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the state's largest city. Bridgeport is home to Gathering of the Vibes, a weekend-long arts, music and camping festival featuring some of the best names in festival talent. Bridgeport is also the home of the Black Rock Art Center, a multi-cultural center presenting performing artists from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas both at the Art Center and also in a Summer Sounds of the World concert series. The Art Center features a world music series, a cabaret series, and the Black Rock Blues Festival, plus cinema, gallery, and educational programs.
HCC serves an eleven-town area in Southwestern Connecticut. The college was founded in 1967, and is a member of the Connecticut Community-Technical College system. The Housatonic Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden are part of the teaching mission of the college. The museum offers lectures, demonstrations, and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries, plus a permanent exhibition of over 4,000 pieces. HCC is a student-centered institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Board of Governors for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.
The graphic design department of HCC offers two-year Associate of Science degrees in graphic design. Students may choose either basic graphic design or the computer graphics option. Both programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in graphic design and related fields. Students must complete general education requirements in subjects including English, mathematics, and behavioral sciences. Major course requirements in both programs include two-dimensional design, drawing, computer graphics, color theory, digital imaging, graphic design, and digital page design. Students in the basic graphic design program are required to study digital photography and illustration. Those in the computer graphics option may choose either digital or studio photography, and are required to complete a course in Web design.
Students interested in the study of graphic design but unwilling to complete the general education requirements may choose to earn a graphics certificate in graphic design. This program is designed to provide the student with the basic skills of graphic design including the development of visual arts abilities and graphic media presentations. Students must complete an English composition course, plus major coursework in computer graphics, two-dimensional design, drawing, color theory, digital imaging, graphic design, illustration, studio photography, art history, and digital page design. The certificate program is designed to be completed in two semesters, or less than one year.
Students may also choose to complete a computer information certificate in the study of Web design technology. This program is designed to provide the technical computer skills required to design business Web sites. The program may be completed in as little as one semester, though some prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Students must complete an English composition course, plus major coursework in Web graphics, Internet programming, and two levels of Web design and development.
The Housatonic Community College Foundation offers financial assistance for tuition and fees for academic achievement or financial aid as determined by the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation Board of Directors. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and community or college service. Preference is given to students in good academic standing and who have completed at least nine credits at the college. Students must also apply for federal financial aid in order to be eligible.
HCC is home to more than twenty student-run clubs and organizations, with focuses in areas including religious, ethnic, academic, and professional interests. For those with a love of the arts, there are music, multi-cultural, literary, graphic design, and art clubs already in existence. New groups are formed each year according to the needs and desires of the student body. The Office of Student Life also organizes events throughout the year intended to enhance the academic and social experience of the students.