Mercer County Community College - West Windsor, NJ | New Jersey Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Mercer County Community College

School Summary
1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor, NJ 08550
(609) 586-4800
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is located in Mercer County, within the West Windsor Township of New Jersey. Mercer County created a Cultural and Heritage Commission in 1970 in order to develop programs to promote public interest in the visual and performing arts. The commission organizes and funds community arts events such as Music in the Park, Movie in the Park, and the Teen Arts Festival, a comprehensive arts education program held annually on the MCCC campus. The area also features performing arts venues such as McCarter Theatre and the new Paul Robeson Center for the Arts that feature a variety of performances from opera and musicals to theater and dance.

MCCC is a coeducational two-year public community college with an open-door admissions policy. The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. MCCC was established in 1966. The 292-acre West Windsor Campus was opened in 1972 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. The original James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, continues to serve as an educational and cultural hub for city residents.

MCCC offers several programs that result in a certificate of proficiency designed to give students the experience and education required to begin a career at the entry level within a period of only two or three semesters. The Web design certificate program features coursework in computer art, typography, digital imaging, Web design, digital video and audio, interactive Web animation, and current topics in digital media arts. The photography certificate program includes digital imaging, introductory and intermediate photography, digital photography, studio photography or photographic journalism, and an advanced still photography course. The digital imaging certificate program includes study of basic drawing, two-dimensional design, computer art, studio and digital photography, typography, and digital imaging. The computer-aided design certificate includes courses in either engineering architectural technology graphics, computer drafting with AutoCAD, advanced computer-aided design, and architectural computer drafting. Finally, the three-dimensional animation certificate program includes courses in drawing, computer art, three-dimensional modeling, pre-production design, computer animation, and current topics in digital media arts. All certificate programs include the creation of a portfolio of work suitable for showing to future employers.

MCCC also offers many visual arts AAS degree programs intended to prepare students for either advanced study at a four-year college or entrance into a chosen career field. The degree programs are intended to be completed in two years and include some general education requirement coursework. The AAS degree in advertising design includes courses in drawing, two and three-dimensional design, computer art, typography, digital imaging, photography, Web design, illustration, and three levels of coursework in advertising design. The digital media arts program offers concentrations in either three-dimensional animation, Web design, or digital imaging. The core curriculum includes courses in drawing, two-dimensional design, computer art, three-dimensional modeling, Web design, digital imaging, digital video and audio, and current topics in digital media arts. The animation concentration includes additional coursework in pre-production design and computer animation. The Web design concentration includes courses in typography, interactive Web animation, and additional levels of Web design. The digital imaging concentration features courses in advanced digital imaging, advanced typography, and studio and digital photography. Visual arts students may also choose a degree in illustration. This program features coursework in advertising design, typography, drawing, two and three-dimensional design, computer art, painting, illustration, and digital imaging or printmaking. The AAS degree programs also include the creation of a portfolio of student work.

MCCC also offers two-year transfer degree programs intended to allow students to begin study of a design field at MCCC and then transfer to a four-year college or university for further study. Once such program is the AS in architecture. This program offers a balance of academic and design courses intended to provide students with a broad base of general knowledge while emphasizing the development of skills in architectural conceptualization. In addition to the required coursework, the program features participation in field trips and other architecture-related extracurricular activities designed to enrich the students' experience and education. Required design coursework includes architecture basic design, architecture and the environment, computers in architecture, architecture design, and construction for architecture.

Another two-year transfer degree offered by MCCC is the AFA in visual arts. Students complete a core curriculum and then focus their studies by choosing one of four concentrations, art history, ceramics and sculpture, fine arts, and photography. Design courses within the core curriculum include drawing, two-dimensional design, and several visual arts electives. Art history students then study histories of western civilizations, photography, modern architecture, and non-western art. Ceramics and sculpture students study three-dimensional design, life drawing, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. Fine arts students study three-dimensional design, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Photography students study two levels of photography, digital imaging, digital photography, and studio photography or photographic journalism.

MCCC offers an extensive scholarship program supported by civic groups, professional societies, local corporations and individuals. Consideration criteria for scholarships vary, as do application procedures. Students are encouraged to contact MCCC's financial aid office for additional information and assistance. A few of the available scholarships include the Fred Anker Memorial Award, the John P. Boorsch Memorial Scholarship, the James Colavita Scholarship, and the CYBIS Art Award. There are also scholarships and funds within most departments of study available for students within those programs. This includes scholarships in architecture and an endowed fund for students within any of the six visual arts programs at MCCC.

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