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Scottsdale Community College

School Summary
9000 E Chaparral Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 423-6000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing:

About Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, adjacent to the city of Phoenix. Scottsdale is known for its affluent culture, boasting many luxury restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and more than 125 art galleries. Scottsdale was named by the New York Times as one of the "hippest and most happening" places. The city has dozens of bars and more than 50 clubs, four of which have earned the distinction of being named among the Top 100 Nightclubs and Bars by Nightclub and Bar Magazine. Scottsdale has also recently begun hosting the annual Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party on New Year's Eve.

Scottsdale Community College is a public two-year college established in 1969. The school is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the world. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also the only community college in the nation to reside on Native American land, through a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offering a natural setting with expansive mountain views and native plants and wildlife.

SCC offers certificate and degree programs in architectural technology for students with either specific interest in architectural drafting or a general interest in computer-aided drafting. The certificate of completion may be completed in as little as one year, with required courses in architectural drafting, architectural computer-aided drafting, print reading, methods and materials of construction, site plans and sections, structural systems, and building codes. The two-year AAS degree in architectural technology includes the same core of required courses, plus additional restricted electives in architecture, art, drafting or interior design, and general education requirements.

The computer information systems division of SCC offers a Web design program intended to prepare students to design, create and administer interactive Web sites. Students study Web page navigation, Web publishing, Web graphics preparation, database design and development, and e-commerce solutions. The program focuses on user interface technologies such as JavaScript and Flash. The certificate of completion may be earned in as little as 18 months, with required courses in database management, Internet and Web development, computer graphics, operating systems, Web scripting and programming, server administration, and e-Commerce. The two-year AAS in Web design includes the same required coursework, plus the completion of general education requirements.

The certificate of completion and AAS degree in graphic design provides students with hands-on training in fine art foundations, design principles, and computer-generated design including layout, illustrations, typeface, color principles, photographic manipulation, and prepress-ready graphic design. The certificate of completion may be earned in as little as 18 months, with required courses in two-dimensional design, two-dimensional computer design, electronic publishing design, computer graphic art, typography, color, graphic design, self promotion, digital prepress, and a portfolio development course. Restricted electives include digital photography, Web site design, and computer illustration. The two-year AAS degree program requires completion of the same core coursework, plus completion of general education requirements.

The interior design program provides comprehensive educational experience and a pathway to professional placement in the interiors industry. The curriculum consists of two-year AAS degree in interior design to provide foundational knowledge and skills, and a certificate of completion in professional level interior design that provides specialized knowledge within the interiors industry. The program is nationally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The AAS degree requires completion of general education courses, plus required courses in both manual and computer-aided architectural drafting, an introduction to interior design, historical and modern architecture and furniture, drawing and rendering, color and design, fabrics for interiors, interior materials, space planning, and presentation techniques. The certificate of completion in professional level interior design is intended for students to complete after they have earned the AAS degree in interior design. The program provides coursework in interior codes, commercial design, and professional practices. An internship provides students opportunities to develop job skills in the field. Coursework includes professional practices, interior codes and regulations, building systems, lighting design, commercial design, and the internship. Restricted electives include any art humanities, anthropology, psychology, or sociology courses.

The motion picture and television production program is designed for students who plan to enter the field of motion pictures or television production. Students receive practical training in a fine arts learning environment and may select one or more of several specializations within the two-year AAS degree. Certificates of completion in broadcast production, film production, and editing are also available. Requirements include a digital multimedia prerequisite and a program common core of courses. These courses include an introduction to cinema, fundamentals of radio and television, and pre-production, production and post-production for motion picture and television. In addition to the courses required in the areas listed above, the required courses in a specialization area and the minimum restricted elective credits must be completed to earn a certificate in a selected program track. The additional completion of general education requirements enables the student to earn the two-year AAS degree in motion picture and television production. The broadcast production track requires coursework in screenwriting, broadcast production, television production techniques, television commercial production, non-linear editing, documentaries, and advanced studio production. Restricted electives include computer-photographic imaging, computer graphic art, photography, sound design, filmmaking, professional media marketing, and advanced portfolio production. The film production track includes coursework in cinematography, motion picture directing, non-linear editing, motion picture workshops, screenplays, dvd authoring, filmmaking, advanced scheduling and budgeting, and advanced portfolio production. The editing track includes required coursework in computer-photographic imaging, non-linear editing including a portfolio, video compositing and title animation, non-linear effects and compositing, and the art of editing. Restricted electives include computer graphic art, photography, broadcast production, cinematography, television technology, sound design, filmmaking, and advanced portfolio production. All tracks also include the opportunity to complete special projects courses and co-operative education opportunities within the actual job field.

The financial aid office at Scottsdale Community College offers students a variety of resources through which they may find scholarship opportunities. The Bethel E. Ells Scholarship, for students majoring in art including drawing, painting, computer graphics, photography, and sculpture, is available to students attending SCC. SCC itself does not fund any scholarships. However, students may be eligible for grants or scholarships through the Maricopa Community College Foundation, as SCC is one of the participating schools. The school Web site also provides a list of recommended private scholarships.

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