Mendocino College - Ukiah, CA | California Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Mendocino College

School Summary
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-3000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About Mendocino College

Mendocino College is located in Ukiah, California, serving Lake and Mendocino Counties. These counties represent some of California's most picturesque landscape, complete with scenic forests, valleys, lakes, and mountains. Recreational opportunities abound for theater, music, and dance, as the area is recognized for its vibrant arts community. Visitors will find everything from antiques and hand-made pottery to fine cuisine and local wine. The Sundays In The Park Free Concert Series is the largest community event in Mendocino County, with a series of free concerts featuring world-renowned artists as well as local talent. In addition to great entertainment, the series is a source of great civic pride, cherished by locals and visitors as a summer tradition. The city also offers local theater productions presented by both the Mendocino College Theatre and the Ukiah Players Theatre, sometimes in co-production, and is home to local light opera, symphony, and ballet companies.

Mendocino College is a public two-year community college of the Mendocino-Lake Community College District accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The main campus is located on a 127-acre permanent site approximately three miles north of downtown Ukiah, two hours north of San Francisco, and one and a half hours east of the Pacific ocean. It is a rural college that serves 4,750 students per semester in a district encompassing the greater parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. The campus is situated among the oaks on a country hillside that overlooks the Ukiah Valley. The school is committed to an open-door admission policy and a comprehensive curriculum offering two-year degrees, Certificates of Achievement, transfer programs, life-long learning classes, and community education.

Mendocino College's computer applications department offers one-year certificate programs in graphics and presentation and Web page design. Both programs require courses in Adobe PhotoShop, color and composition, UNIX operating systems, Web page design and development, and Windows applications. The graphics and presentation program requires additional courses in InDesign for desktop publishing, whereas the Web design program requires a course in developing Web applications. Both programs require completion of a cooperative work experience or internship in the chosen field of study. Students must also choose additional elective courses from a restricted list that includes business or management courses, Web page animation and authoring, database software, and additional cooperative work experience.

Mendocino College also offers two one-year certificate programs in the field of textiles. Students can earn a certificate in either clothing construction or weaving. Both programs require courses in weaving, fabric printing and dyeing, beginning clothing construction, textiles, handwoven garments, and weaving structures. The clothing construction program also requires courses in art and craft marketing, pattern drafting, and tailoring. The weaving program requires an additional course in textile design. Students then choose an additional elective course from a restricted list. For clothing construction, the list includes textile history, dye studios, and surface design techniques. For weaving, the list includes rug and tapestry weaving, weaving studios and practicum, dyeing studios and practicum, and textile history.

Mendocino College Foundation Scholarships are available to current and potential students of Mendocino College. Other scholarships are available through the generosity of private donors. Students are encouraged to attend a scholarship workshop before applying. Workshops are held at the beginning of the spring semester to help students prepare for the essay portion of the scholarship application and also identify additional information needed in the areas of extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. A few of the available scholarships include the Mendocino College Foundation Scholarship, the Evelyn R. Foote Scholarship, the Awards of Promise, and the Yvonne Sligh Book Award.

Mendocino College offers students over twenty clubs and organizations covering all interests, including religious, social, professional, ethnic, academic, and special interest groups. Several clubs are geared toward students with a love and appreciation of the arts including ceramics, dancing, humanities and film, music appreciation, recording studio, and theatrical clubs. The college is also home to the Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company. The company produces at least one concert each year, featuring choreographic works by students, faculty members and guest choreographers. The company is also known for its special children's performances, A Symphony of Movement, usually held every other year.

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