About Lee College
Located just half an hour from Houston, Baytown, Texas is home to Lee College. Baytown lives up to its name, as the city is situated right on the Texas gulf coast. The area is abundant in water views and wildlife. Basic shopping and dining options are available, though more can be found, along with many arts-related sites and activities, in nearby Houston. The city is home to a wide range of art museums and galleries, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Lawndale Art Center, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and the gallery at Rice University. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is an artisans-in-residence center where artists create objects in fiber, metal, glass, clay, and wood. But there are even more artistic offerings in Houston. The Menil Collection houses the world-famous collection of decorative arts and glass. The Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 53,000 artworks, from antiquity to today, and also offers one of the most comprehensive photography collections in the United States. The Blaffer Gallery, located at the University of Houston, emphasizes twentieth-century art. Houston also offers two gallery clusters, one on Montrose Street (the Barbara Davis Gallery is featured), and the Colquitt galleries in the Upper Kirby District. The latter offers the New Gallery and the Fleury, John Cleary, Dean Day, and Hooks-Epstein galleries within easy walking distance of one another. Art cafes are plentiful in these and other areas around the city. Shopping options are extensive, including art supply stores and other art-focused boutiques and shops. Dining options include cuisines from around the world, as well as the famous Tex-Mex cuisine.
Lee College was established in 1934 as a junior college to provide educational opportunity to students who could not otherwise afford it. The founders of the college were interested in providing a strong, academic curriculum and a comprehensive technical/vocational curriculum. The college currently has a student body of 9,000, a new advanced technology center, and a regionally acclaimed honors curriculum.
Lee College offers the AA, BA or BFA in graphic design. The program is part of the art department. Coursework includes beginning and advanced work in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, design, photography, and digital media. The college's nearby location to the active Houston arts community provides students ample opportunities to expand and develop their artistic interests and participate in gallery showings. The department seeks to create a friendly, nurturing atmosphere in which art students can develop their career potential, leadership qualities, intellects, talents, and skills. Study abroad, art-focused programs are also available.
Lee College offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. Lee College is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).