Los Angeles Pierce College
About Los Angeles Pierce College
Pierce College is a two-year public institution in Woodland Hills, California, providing occupational training and transfer education. Woodland Hills is a district of the city of Los Angeles, located in the southwestern area of the San Fernando Valley. In April of every year, the Foundation for Pierce College hosts a Farmwalk, an outdoor festival to benefit the Pierce College Equestrian Center featuring animals, activities, displays, games and music, plus face-painting, a petting zoo, and hayrides for children. The Valley Cultural Center presents free Concerts in the Park every summer. Other regular summer events at the Center include Movies in the Park and Monday Morning Concerts for Children, plus the annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza. At Christmastime, an eight square-block area in the city is transformed into Candy Cane Lane, complete with lights, figures and artificial snow. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to drive through the area and experience the magic.
Pierce features an architecture technology program designed to prepare students interested in entry-level positions as architectural technicians, or those interested in transferring to schools of architecture to pursue higher degrees. Students can complete either the three semester certificate program or the four semester AA degree program. Both programs require coursework including an introduction to architecture, three levels of architectural drawing, elements of architecture, freehand drawing, architectural rendering, methods and materials of construction, equipment of buildings, computer aided design and drafting, technical mathematics, and two levels of basic architectural design. The degree program adds additional coursework including an additional level of architectural drawing, art and architectural electives, and general education requirements.
Pierce also offers a program in graphic design. This program is planned for students who wish to enter the fields of advertising art or graphic design. Students may choose either the one year occupational certificate program or the two year AA degree program. Both require coursework including drawing, two and three dimensional design, intermediate design, three levels of graphic design, three levels of graphic communications, two levels of illustration, animation for the Web, and illustration for the graphic designer. The degree program includes additional courses such as art appreciation and art electives plus general education requirements. The school also offers a one semester program to complete a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design for the Web. This certificate is planned for students who expect to start a career in graphic design with a specialty in Web design. Courses to complete the program include beginning two-dimensional design, two levels of graphic design, graphic design for the World Wide Web, and animation for the Web.
Pierce also offers certificate programs in Website construction and maintenance or Website development. Both Certificates of Achievement can be completed in two semesters or less. Students studying construction and maintenance learn how to use and apply Web site authoring tools and also acquire knowledge and skill in applying graphic design principles. Core courses include graphic design, microcomputer office applications, Web design for the office, and presentation design for the office. Capstone courses include Web multimedia for the office, introduction to Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat for the Office and the Web. Students in the Website development program learn how to create and administer Web sites using various server side programming languages. Courses include operating systems, Web page development, server-side programming for the World Wide Web, and introduction to digital imaging using Photoshop.
Students at Pierce may also choose to pursue an Associate in Arts degree in photojournalism, which is an option under Journalism. In this two year program, students complete required coursework in fundamentals of radio and television broadcasting, collecting and writing news, beginning and advanced photography, color photography, news photography, and beginning photojournalism. Students then choose at least three electives from a list including introduction to design, history of motion pictures and television, public relations, a publication lab, and cooperative work experience. Students must also complete the basic general education requirements prior to graduation.
Pierce receives information on scholarship opportunities throughout the year. The focus of each scholarship varies, with criteria from strong academic performance to financial need. Some are based on chosen field of study as well. The campus Financial Aid Office has a listing of current scholarship offerings. Interested students are urged to go to the Financial Aid Office for information and assistance.
The Pierce College campus is located on 426 acres, combining state-of-the-art technology and learning with the beauty of its rolling hills. The campus is set among 2,200 trees, thousands of rose bushes, a nature preserve, botanical garden and a forest area boasting giant redwoods. In addition to its natural beauty, the campus also offers students many opportunities to experience college outside of the classroom. The Associated Students Organization governs many clubs and organizations to appeal to all students, including academic, honors and professional organizations, plus religious and special interest groups. The ASO also sponsors many campus events including blood and toy drives, movie nights, and even speed dating events. The school itself offers many student services, including counseling and advising, a health center, a job center, transfer assistance, a learning center providing free tutoring and a writing lab, computer and multimedia labs, and a child development center.