About Oakwood College
Oakwood University is situated on approximately 1,000 acres in Huntsville, nestled in the beautiful Tennessee Valley at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Huntsville is home to the Marshall Space Center, and is recognized as being one of the most progressive cities in America. Big Spring Jam is an annual three-day music festival held on the last full weekend of September in and around Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville. Other annual events include the Panoply Arts Festival, the June Black Arts Festival, and a large science fiction convention known as Con*Stellation.
Oakwood offers a 4-year BA degree in Communication with concentrations in Electronic Media or Photo Journalism. Both concentrations require completion of the school's general education requirements. Communication major requirements include public speaking, mass communication, journalism and media writing, mass media law, communication theory, and desktop publishing for graphic design. The electronic media concentration requires a practicum course or an internship in communications, while the photo journalism concentration requires the practicum or internship to be in the field of art and photography. Additional electronic media requirements include video production, production management, fiction and dramatic screen production, and broadcast advertising. Additional photo journalism requirements include basic design, at least three photography courses, Photoshop, and publishing layout and design.
In addition, Oakwood offers 2-year ASA degree programs in Photography and Commercial Art. Both require completion of the general education courses necessary to complete an Associate degree. In addition, photography students study basic design, desktop publishing for graphic design, art appreciation, and Photoshop, plus complete at least three levels of coursework in photography and a portfolio development course. Commercial art students also study basic design, desktop publishing, art appreciation, Photoshop, and fundamentals of photography, plus a course in fundamentals of drawing. Completion of a portfolio development course is required for graduation as well.
Institutional scholarships are available to incoming students for high academic achievements and demonstrated leadership abilities. In addition, state and federal aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment.
Oakwood University provides a balance between quality of services rendered and cost. Academic excellence is offered without the student having to worry about paying an exorbitant price for tuition and living expenses. What the university has to offer is well worth the student's time, money, and effort. A faculty with over 60% holding earned doctorates is responsible for Oakwood's ability to meet students' academic needs. Many student services are also available, including career services, a Center for Academic Success, health and counseling services, a Spiritual Life office, and student activities. The Student Activities Office is the primary co-curricular programming organization on campus. Each year the office provides over 75 individual activities for the University community. The office also serves in an advisory capacity to the United Student Movement and over 30 student clubs and organizations currently in existence on campus.