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Mesa Community College

School Summary
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 461-7000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Large
Campus Housing:

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College is located in Mesa, Arizona, the third-largest city in the state. The city is home to the Mesa Arts Center, a large performing and visual arts complex situated in the downtown area. The complex boasts four performance venues of varying sizes, fourteen classroom studios, and the Mesa Contemporary Arts, home to five art galleries. Music concerts can also be enjoyed at the Mesa Amphitheatre, a large outdoor concert venue originally built in Mesa in 1979. Mesa is also home to several museums, including the Arizona Museum for Youth, the Mesa Historical Society and Museum, and the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Mesa Community College is the largest of the ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. MCC opened more than 40 years ago as a small junior college. Today the college offers both transfer education and workforce development at two campuses, MCC at Southern and Dobson and MCC at Red Mountain. Additional extended campus sites in the East Valley and Internet classes are also available to serve the needs of the community.

MCC offers certificates of completion in Web design and advanced Web design. Both certificates are designed to help students prepare for the Certified Internet Webmaster Associate Certification exam. The Web designer certificate can be completed in one year, and includes courses in computer information systems, Internet and Web development, and a special projects course or an internship. The advanced Web designer certificate can be completed in less than two years. The program includes the courses required for the basic designer certificate plus additional courses in Macromedia Flash, JavaScript, and E-Commerce. Students interested in this course of study also have the option of continuing studies to earn a two-year AAS degree in Web designer, which requires general education coursework in addition to the Web design core. The core requirement courses are the same as those for the advanced certificate, with additional courses in quality customer service, advanced Macromedia Flash, and project management.

MCC also offers a multimedia technology program. Students may earn a certificate of completion in multimedia technology in less than two years. Required coursework includes computer information systems, Internet Web development, computer graphics courses, digital animation, digital video editing, digital photography, two-dimensional computer design, an introduction to sound design for film and video, and electronic portfolio development. The two-year AAS degree offered is in business with a multimedia technology specialization. The degree requires completion of the general education and business cores, plus required multimedia courses in computer graphics, digital photography, Internet Web development, digital video editing, digital animation, and electronic portfolio development.

MCC also offers programs studying game technology. The certificate of completion in game technology can be completed in less than two years, requiring courses such as a survey of computer information systems, a course on the electronic game industry, beginning computer game development, animation, and three-dimensional computer design. Students may choose to study computer graphics in either Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks. Students will also learn digital animation with Flash and ActionScript and complete a course in electronic portfolio development. Students must then choose an elective from a restricted list including object-oriented programming fundamentals, two-dimensional computer design, and sound design for film and video. The two-year AAS degree in business with a game technology specialization requires completion of the same game technology courses listed above, plus completion of the required general education and business core courses.

MCC also offers programs in digital arts. Students may earn certificates of completion in Web design, digital illustration, digital photography, or graphic design, or complete an AAS degree in digital arts. The two-year degree program is designed for the student who wishes to develop multimedia skills in each area listed above. Required courses include computer graphic art, drawing, two-dimensional design, color, digital photography, computer-photographic imaging, and a portfolio course. Students then select one area on which they will focus. Students studying Web design complete courses in Internet and Web development, the art of Web site design, and animation and interactivity. Those wishing to focus on digital illustration take courses in life drawing, composition, and computer illustration. The digital photography track requires additional photography and computer photographic imaging courses. The graphic design track requires courses in computer aided graphic arts and digital prepress. Completion of the general education core curriculum is also required. The certificate of completion available in each field includes identical required coursework in that field. Students may complete these certificates in less than two years because the certificates do not require completion of the general education core coursework.

Students interested in architecture design may attend MCC to earn an AAS degree in architecture or certificates of completion in residential drafting, commercial drafting, architectural detailing, or architectural CADD Level III. The two-year AAS degree prepares students to work as technicians in the areas related to architectural design, architectural drafting, or urban development. Required courses within the program include design fundamentals, building construction methods, and additional technical mathematics courses. Students then choose one of the three tracks: architecture design, architectural drafting, or urban development. All tracks require a course on architectural volunteerism and an internship. Each certificate of completion in an area of architecture design may be completed in one year. Each program is intended to prepare students to work as architectural computer technicians within architectural firms.

MCC also offers a two-year AAS degree in fashion merchandising and design with a fashion design specialization. The degree may be completed in two years. Required courses include clothing construction and textiles, computer-assisted fashion design, tailoring, pattern design, and color. Students will also complete a portfolio development course and an internship in the fashion design industry. Students may also choose to earn a certificate of completion in costume design and production in one year. This program is designed for students with an interest in costuming. In order to complete this certificate, students must intern with college or community stage production crews. Required courses include a history of fashion, clothing construction, fashion design or illustration, textiles, tailoring, and pattern design.

Finally, MCC offers an interior design program with certificates of completion in home furnishings and materials or advanced interior design, as well as an AAS degree in interior design. The two-year degree program prepares students to work in an entry-level interior design position. The program requires both general education and interior design classes including basic design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting and computer aided design for interior design, and codes and regulations. The one-year home furnishings and materials certificate is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the residential home furnishings industry, including basic design elements and principles, color theory, historical architecture and materials used throughout the home environment. The one-year certificate of completion in advanced interior design is intended for students who have completed the AAS degree. The program is designed to prepare these students for professional status in the field of interior design. Additional interiors coursework is done in building systems including lighting and acoustics, professional practice and commercial studio. Students participate in a design internship and also develop a portfolio. This program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

MCC provides a general scholarship application to all students once per academic year. It is used to determine eligibility for many different scholarships. Some scholarships are based on need. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for additional scholarships. A few of the scholarships available from MCC include the MCC President's Scholarship, The MCC Honors Department Fee Award Scholarship, and the MCC REACH Scholarship Program. Students at Mesa are also eligible to apply for scholarships provided by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. These scholarships are funded through donations from private citizens and companies in the area.

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