Northwestern Connecticut Community College
About Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is located in the small city of Winsted in Northwest Connecticut. It is considered part of the town of Winchester. The small area offers a surprisingly large variety of art galleries with displays in media including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, textiles, furniture, handcrafts, and even folkcraft musical instruments. The area is also rich in natural beauty, offering much to those wishing to explore nature via boat, car, or bicycle, or even on foot. Performance art is offered through small repertory theaters as well as large performance halls featuring Broadway shows. Fine dining is also available, with restaurants featuring varied cuisine from local organic to Venetian Italian.
NCCC is known as "the small college that does great things." The two-year public community college, a part of the Connecticut Community Colleges system, is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A commuter school with no dormitories, the college's primary service area includes twenty towns in Litchfield County. The college was founded in 1965 by Winsted residents. It began as a private institution, but the state took over funding and operation late in 1965. It was the fourth state-funded institution in Connecticut.
NCCC offers both certificate and AS degree programs in various design fields. The single-semester certificate in graphic design provides entry-level graphic design skills, with all courses applicable to the graphic design AS degree. Students study the principles and processes of graphic design, and develop a portfolio of original works of graphic design, computer illustration and desktop publishing. Program requirements include courses in photography and three levels of graphic design. In addition to these required courses, many students choose to take an additional graphic design course with a focus in computer animation. This course provides an introduction to the basics of animation, multimedia, three-dimensional modeling, and presentation software. Students may also choose to continue on to complete a two-year AS degree in fine arts with a graphic communication design option. The degree requires general education coursework, the courses required in the certificate program, and additional courses in drawing, two and three-dimensional design, figure drawing, and painting.
Students interested in advertising may wish to complete the one-semester desktop publishing certificate program at NCCC. This certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in business, public relations, advertising and publishing. Students establish basic competency in computer-assisted design and are able to produce brochures, newsletters and related materials. Program requirements include three levels of graphic design, software applications, and business communication or composition.
NCCC also offers an animation and video arts program culminating in an AS degree within two years. The curriculum blends traditional art skills with technology-based proficiency in two and three-dimensional animation and live action video. The program requires completion of general education requirements, plus fine arts program requirements including drawing, figure drawing, photography, sculpture, and design. Specialized program requirements include video and motion fundamentals, digital video postproduction, an introduction to three-dimensional animation, three-dimensional character animation, and experimental animation.
NCCC also offers certificate and AS degree programs in Webmaster and Internet design. The one-semester certificate program, the credits for which are applicable to the degree program as well, requires courses in software applications or advanced applications, the Internet, computer applications, and two levels of Web design and development. The two-year AS degree in computer systems technology with a Webmaster and Internet design option requires these courses, additional program courses in database design, programming, and operating systems, and general education requirements. Additional specialized program requirements include multimedia communications, Web construction, and computer applications in management and marketing.
NCCC has a number of scholarship opportunities available for new, continuing and graduating students intending to continue on in a four-year college or university. These scholarships are awarded to students based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, or enrollment in a specific academic program. Prospective and current students are encouraged to apply for these scholarships through a competitive application process. The NCCC Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and ultimately chooses all recipients. New student scholarships include the Barkhamsted Lions Brooks-Gowen Memorial Scholarship, the Carl F. Norden Scholarships, and NCCC honors scholarships.