Northland Pioneer College - Holbrook, AZ | Arizona Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Northland Pioneer College

School Summary
2251 E. Navajo Blvd.
Holbrook, AZ 86025
(800) 266-7845
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About Northland Pioneer College

Northland Pioneer College is located in the city of Holbrook, Arizona. Holbrook serves as a home base for touring of Navajo, Hopi and Apache country. The town is just 28 miles from the Petrified Forest National Park, less than four hours west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and three hours north of Phoenix, Arizona. Holbrook hosts the Southwest Quilt Festival, an annual Parade of Lights Festival, and performances by Native American dancers all summer long at the Navajo County Historic Courthouse. The lakes and mountains in the area provide opportunity for outdoor recreation, and the desert mesas offer wide-open landscapes.

Northland Pioneer College is a regionally accredited, publicly supported, comprehensive community college serving a diverse area in Navajo County, Arizona. It is located in the heart of the Southwest, where the Colorado Plateau meets the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona. NPC offers classes at four campuses and six centers across Navajo and Apache counties. The service area includes the tribal homelands of the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache peoples.

The photography technician program at NPC prepares graduates to apply technical skills and aesthetics in photography. The two-year AAS degree requires completion of general education requirements, plus core courses including beginning, intermediate and advanced photography, pictorial journalism, color photography, view camera photography, photography as an art medium, and a portfolio course. In addition, at least five additional courses must be chosen from a list of restricted electives including basic design, an internship, and small business management. Students may also choose to complete a one-year certificate of proficiency program in black and white or color photography or photography marketing. Black and white photography includes the beginning, intermediate and advanced photography courses, pictorial journalism, and view camera photography, plus a photography practicum. Color photography includes beginning and intermediate photography, two levels of color photography, photography desktop publishing, a workshop, and a special problems course. Photography marketing includes beginning and intermediate photography, color photography, a photography portfolio, photography desktop publishing, and freelance and stock photography.

The construction technology program trains graduates to become drafting technicians, among other things. Additionally, a certificates of proficiency offering concentrated study in a specific trade is available for architectural drafting. To complete an AAS degree in construction technology, a student must complete the general education requirements, select an area of specialization and complete additional electives from a specific list. One available area of emphasis is that of drafting technician, which requires major coursework including technical drafting, architectural drafting, civil drafting, AutoCAD, applied drafting and design, and AutoCAD productivity. The restricted list of electives includes building exteriors, furniture making, blueprint reading, construction codes, and cabinetmaking. The architectural drafting certificate requires courses in technical drafting, architectural drafting, AutoCAD, and applied drafting and design.

The computer information systems program at NPC provides graduates with knowledge and skills in the areas of computer programming languages, graphics in multimedia, and information systems. Students may use this training to enter the field of advertising at an entry level. The two-year AAS degree program includes a computer graphics area of emphasis, requiring completion of general education requirements, core courses within that emphasis, and completion of several elective courses from a restricted list. Core courses include business grammar, proofreading, desktop publishing, basic design, computer photographic imaging, two-dimensional computer design, Web page design, multimedia, photography desktop publishing, and a portfolio course. Available electives include small business management, fundamentals of design and development, computer presentation graphics, an internship, a workshop, and a special projects course. Students may instead choose to complete a certificate of proficiency in commercial graphics fundamentals, which can be completed in as little as one semester. Courses for this program include graphic communication technology, computer graphic imaging, two-dimensional computer design, and computer illustration.

NPC offers many institutionally and privately funded scholarships to new and returning students. Scholarship application procedures and requirements vary. A few of the available scholarships include the NPC Continuing Education Scholarship, the NPC First-time Attending Scholarship, the NPC Foundation General Support Scholarship, and NPC donor scholarships. The foundation also provides need-based scholarships, awards created specifically to cover textbook or housing costs, and a Teacher's Pet Award.

NPC supports a varied program of student activities and organizations. Students with vocal or instrumental music interest may be interested in joining the NPC Master Chorale, NPC Band, White Mountain Symphony Orchestra, High Country Barbershop Chorus or White Mountain Big Band. The choirs and bands perform at many college and community functions throughout the year. The theatre program at NPC sponsors productions for students and the community. Auditions for the shows are conducted at the beginning of each semester and are open to all students. Student produced plays and other smaller productions, are offered throughout the year as well.

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