Platt College-Los Angeles - Alhambra, CA | California Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Platt College-Los Angeles

School Summary
1000 South Fremont Avenue, A10
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 300-5444
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About Platt College-Los Angeles

Platt College Los Angeles is a technical and career college located in Alhambra, California, near Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park. Alhambra is close to all major recreational destinations in the Southland. Any nearby beach, desert or mountain resort can be reached in ninety minutes or less. The heart of Downtown Los Angeles is a scant ten minutes away. The annual Alhambra Summer Jubilee offers musical entertainment featuring well-known bands, plus food vendors, games, arts & crafts, and more. The San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year's Parade & Festival is a free annual event coinciding with the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The event features a dragon, lion dance and acrobatic martial arts, parade, carnival, children's drawing and coloring contests, ancestor worship ceremony and much more. The city's Winston Smoyer Memorial Community Garden boasts nearly one hundred individual garden sites that are tended by individual gardeners. There are also informative monthly meetings and workshops on gardening.

Platt College offers a graphic design Diploma program to be completed in approximately eleven months, and an approximately fifteen month AA degree program in graphic design as well. The core courses for the diploma program include design and color theory, typography, basic drawing, and two levels each of publishing, digital imaging, and digital media. The degree program includes the same core courses with an additional course in life drawing, plus general education courses including English, speech, psychology, math, and environmental science. For both of the Graphic Design programs, a presentation quality portfolio must be presented, reviewed, and approved by a committee, and all students must meet with Career Services and complete and sign all documentation prior to being approved for graduation.

Platt also offers a Multimedia Certificate program to be completed in approximately five months. The prerequisite for this program is an AA degree in graphic design or satisfactory completion of the core courses required for that degree. The certificate program in intended to allow students to build on existing design skills. Core courses include interactive design, digital video and motion graphics, 3D modeling and animation, and Web design. Presentation, review, and approval by a committee of a presentation quality portfolio is required for this program as well.

Finally, Platt offers a BA in visual communication degree with an emphasis in 3D animation and video to be completed in approximately 31 months. Core courses include those listed as required for the graphic design degree program. Additional core courses include interface design, digital/video motion graphics, 3D modeling and animation, Web design, story boarding, film and art direction, architectural 3D, video production, 3D character development, advanced 3D animation, camera, lighting and texturing, compositing and advanced motion graphics, motion capture, and two courses in portfolio preparation. In addition, general education requirements including two levels of English and math, speech, psychology, environmental science, ethics, and American government are also required. Again, a professional quality portfolio must be presented to and approved by a committee prior to completion of the program.

Platt College provides Financial Aid Representatives to help students with financial aid. Eligible applicants may benefit from federally sponsored programs, which provide grants, loans and federal work-study to cover portions of tuition and fees. Platt College also participates in the Imagine America scholarship program. Platt College participates in several other scholarship opportunities for academically excellent students. For additional scholarship information, students are asked to contact the admissions department.

Platt College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. The college hosts various events throughout the year for its students, including career fairs, symposiums, lecture series and museum visits. Platt College students are also committed to helping the community. Many programs at the college incorporate community service into the curriculum. Platt attempts to develop close communication between the students and Administration, stating that students should feel free to contact the administrative staff for personal, vocational and academic guidance. In addition, Platt provides career services to its students and graduates, with the goal of making sure each graduate understands the job search process. Placement begins on orientation day, stressing the importance of the student¡¦s attendance and productivity in class. During the course of training, the Career Services staff meets with each student to become familiar with his or her special skills, background and goals. Additionally, students learn and practice writing resumes and application letters, researching and contacting potential employers, interviewing skills, and portfolio preparation.

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