John C Calhoun State Community College - Tanner, AL | Alabama Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

John C Calhoun State Community College

School Summary
6250 U S Highway 31 N
Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 306-2500
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About John C Calhoun State Community College

John C. Calhoun State Community College is located in Decatur, Alabama, a city on the banks of the Tennessee River. Decatur is one of the region's oldest cities, making it rich in heritage. The Carnegie Visual Arts Center is Decatur¡¦s art museum. The Carnegie hosts local, regional, national and international art exhibits. The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts has been a north Alabama landmark for more than a century. The Professional Series brings national touring arts events from Broadway musicals to major concert artists and family events. Local performing groups also find a home on the Princess stage, presenting children's theater, choral concerts, musicals and theater. Residents of the area also have the advantage of enjoying attractions in Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee, both located less than a two hour drive from Decatur.

Calhoun Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees and Certificates. It is the largest of the 27 two-year institutions that make up the Alabama Community College System, and is an open-admission, community-based, state-supported, coeducational, comprehensive community college. Named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States, the college has been serving its four-county area for 59 years.

Calhoun provides a computer graphics program designed to teach the practical application of artistic skills in business and industry. A good foundation is offered in drawing, design and art history. The program offers three separate two-year AAS degree options from which students may choose. All three options require a formal review of a professional quality portfolio of the student's work upon completion of the program. The first option is graphic design. Courses in graphic design, advertising, computer graphics and technical illustration are emphasized. Additional major coursework includes two-dimensional composition, photography, printmaking, typography, and supervised studies in studio art. The second degree option is in computer graphics and electronic imaging. Courses in graphic design, advertising, computer graphics, technical illustration, and multimedia production are emphasized in this program. Other required courses include regular and digital photography, typography, digital design, and multimedia production. The third option is in graphic animation and electronic imaging, a new program for the Fall of 2008. Required coursework includes drawing, two-dimensional composition, computer graphics, graphic design, three-dimensional graphics and animation, technical illustration, digital photography, digital design, multimedia production, and graphic animation. General education course requirements must also be met for graduation from any of these AAS degree programs.

The photography and film communications program at Calhoun is designed to meet the needs of students seeking preparation for a career in photography, filmmaking, television production or multimedia audio and video materials development, including Web-based news media. The program offers students a variety of related courses and provides the flexibility for specialization in either still imaging or motion picture imaging techniques. The two-year program leads to an AAS degree. Required courses include filmmaking, color photography, audio-visual techniques, photography film and media, studio photography, and a portfolio development course. Formal review of the resulting professional quality portfolio of the student's work is required upon completion of the program.

The Student Financial Services office at Calhoun offers students financial counseling and assistance to help them pursue their educational goals. Financial aid is available in a variety of forms. Only one application form is required to be considered for all awards offered by Calhoun. All applicants are required to submit a brief essay with their applications. All scholarship applicants must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for a scholarship award. Fine Art scholarships in theater, jazz band, chorale, and graphic or fine arts require the submission of a portfolio or a personal audition or interview. In addition to 87 Perpetual Scholarships funded by individuals and companies in the area, the College Foundation provides other scholarships which are funded annually in support of specific areas of the college.

Calhoun offers many student activities and clubs which may be of interest to those interested in further development of skills or enjoyment of the arts. The Photography Club meets monthly and features activities for students with an interest in analog and digital photography. The club hosts special exhibits, seminars and gallery visits. The Student Artists Club provides a creative environment for all students who wish to pursue, develop and utilize their artistic abilities. 2CTV¡VCalhoun Campus Television is a campus-only television station that provides news, sports, weather, entertainment, announcements and other programs of interest to Calhoun¡¦s students, staff, faculty and administrators. The station is operated by and serves as a real world laboratory for students in television production, filmmaking and mass communications classes.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,