National Park Community College
About National Park Community College
National Park Community College is a 2-year comprehensive community college in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hot Springs is home to the first federally protected area in the nation's history, Hot Springs National Park. Visitors to the city's historic downtown area can enjoy hiking trails in the Ouachita Mountains, tour the historic Fordyce Bathhouse and Visitor's Center, or enjoy a relaxing Hot Springs spa. Outdoor and sports enthusiasts can find a variety of things to do in Hot Springs, including crystal hunting, fishing, water sports, hiking, golf, camping, sightseeing and horseback riding. The city also offers interactive museums, 210-acre botanical gardens, and Oaklawn Park for thoroughbred horse racing.
NPCC offers a 2-year AAS degree in graphic design intended to help students enter the job market upon completion of required coursework or to continue formal study at a four-year college or university. Subject areas range from design and advertising to photography. An introduction to business course is also included in the curriculum since many graphic designers operate their own shops. In addition to the required general education courses, students studying graphic design will complete courses in drawing, two levels of advertising design, desktop publishing, design, a Photoshop studio, two levels of photography, silkscreen printmaking, art direction, commercial illustration, and production and layout.
NPCC also offers a 2-year AAS degree in photography intended to prepare students to work in the portrait, photo illustration, commercial/industrial, and photojournalism fields. In addition to general education requirements, students complete coursework in design, two Photoshop studios, design for the Internet, and photography business practices. Also required are two levels of video production plus a full range of photography courses, from introductory to advanced plus digital, color, and two courses of studio photography.
NPCC has a variety of scholarships available to students, including institutional, foundation, and third-party. Students are considered for all institutional scholarships after completing the NPCC Scholarship Application available on the college Web site. Institutional scholarships include the Jim Yeargan Scholarship, the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, and the Tylenol Scholarship Opportunity. Scholarships available through the NPCC Foundation include many memorial, faculty, and departmental scholarships.
NPCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school offers personal and academic counseling, career services, tutoring and testing, and other support services to students. NPCC also offers a wide variety of available on-campus student organizations including the Cultural Diversity Awareness Club, the Student Artists Guild, and the NPCC Singers. There are also chapters of several national technical and honor societies, plus student government and leadership groups including the Student Activities Council. Students are encouraged to participate in the intramural athletic program, designed to attempt to meet the needs of all students by giving them the privilege of participating in a wide range of activities.