About Prescott College
Prescott College is located in the city of Prescott, Arizona. Prescott is north of the city of Phoenix, the cultural center of the state. But Prescott itself does offer much to see and do. The area is renowned for fresh air, views, beautiful lakes, forest lands, and a small town feel. Prescott hosts annual events such as Frontier Days, The World's Oldest Rodeo, the Bluegrass Festival, Earth Day, Tsunami on the Square, art festivals, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Shakespeare Festival, Navajo Rug Auction, Worldâs Largest Gingerbread Village, Prescott Film Fest, Folk Arts Fair, parades, the Acker Music Festival, The Cowboy Poets Gathering, and the Prescott Highland Games. The historic Elks Opera House in downtown Prescott and the Yavapai College Performance Hall on the campus of Yavapai College are the main venues for arts and entertainment performances in the area.
Prescott College is an independent, liberal arts college offering small class sizes and self-directed and hands-on learning. The college was established in 1966 as Arizona's only college offering a four-year BA through the Resident Degree Program. In 1978 the college developed the Adult Degree Program, intended for working adults wishing to earn a four-year degree while maintaining their personal and professional lives. In addition to the main campus in Prescott, the college operates a branch campus in Tucson. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Within the arts and letters division, Prescott College offers a four-year BA degree in visual arts with a visual arts, studio arts, or photography emphasis. Students in the visual arts emphasis produce exhibitions of their work done in the context of their photography and fine arts courses. Works are displayed throughout the campus at the end of each quarter. In studio arts, students study the history of art and work in painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, with some specialized classes in ceramics, book making, and glass blowing. Within the photography emphasis, students learn basic skills techniques in black and white, color, and digital imaging with specialty work in alternative processes, documentary photography, and contemporary perspectives. There is also a Visual Arts Exhibitions Practicum in which students participate in the selection of visual art for the college's national literary magazine and newspaper. All emphases include coursework in photography and visual and studio arts, foundation, skills and knowledge courses, history and survey courses, additional arts courses or independent studies, a practicum requirement, and a Senior project.
Prescott College offers several merit and need-based scholarships. The Prescott College Institutional and Endowed Scholarship application is made available to currently enrolled students once a year. The Frederick and Francis Sommer Fellowship is a gift to Prescott College for a senior arts and letters student. The National and Community Service Education Award is a matching award for students who have earned National Service Education Awards. Merit scholarships include the Adult Degree Program New Student Scholarship, the Community College Transfer Scholarship, the Prescott College Environmental and Social Justice Scholarship, the John Wesley Powell Scholarship, and the Dr. Charles Franklin Parker Founder's Scholarship. All awards are renewable for up to four years.