NorthWest Arkansas Community College
About NorthWest Arkansas Community College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a comprehensive, public two-year college located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Downtown Bentonville is the future site of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It is currently under construction, scheduled to open in 2010. The museum complex will provide an indoor auditorium, areas for outdoor concerts and public events, gallery rooms suitable for large receptions, and sculpture gardens and walking trails. The museum gallery itself will be home to a permanent collection of signature works from American artists, with galleries dedicated to regional art and artists including Native American art. Bentonville also hosts annual events such as BalloonFest and the International Exhibition of Botanical Art and is home to historic sites including the Peel Mansion and the Veterans Wall of Honor.
NWACC offers a 2-year AAS degree in graphic design. The program is designed for students seeking an entry level position in the field of graphic design. It is structured to prepare students to be capable of creative thinking in the production of professional quality graphic solutions and knowledgeable in the means of producing this work, both traditionally and digitally. Graduates are ready to be employed in most areas of graphic design including corporate design, layout, and Web design. Employers include advertising agencies, corporations, design firms, printing companies, newspapers, educational institutions and many other businesses that have graphic communication needs. All Graphic Design courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. An internship is required for graduation. Students must participate in a minimum of 100 hours of supervised work in a graphic design related position with a local company prior to graduation. Courses of study include art appreciation and history, drawing, design, advanced graphic illustration, photography, logo and Web animation, and video production and editing.
The Financial Aid Office at NWACC processes Federal and State Aid programs as well as scholarships. There are several institutional scholarships available including the Coca-Cola Scholarship, the Village Players' Scholarship, and the RTC Post-Secondary Scholarship.
NWACC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NWACC prides itself on its quality of instruction. Its classes are taught by experts in class sizes that are small, allowing for more personalized instruction. Transfer courses are taught by instructors with a Master's degree or higher. The campus offers many clubs and organizations available to students interested in participating in the on-campus community, including a drama group, a student newspaper and a Chamber Singers choir.