Tunxis Community College
About Tunxis Community College
Tunxis Community College is an institution of higher education offering certificates and associate's degrees in many subjects. It is located in Farmington, Connecticut, which was incorporated in 1645. The area was originally home to the Tunxis tribe of Native Americans, hence the name of the school. Farmington has many sites on the National Register of Historic Places including the Hill-Stead Museum, which houses an impressive art collection and the Stanley-Whitman House, now a history museum. The Day-Lewis Museum displays Native American artifacts from the area.
The state of Connecticut chartered Tunxis Community College in 1969. It was intended to serve the communities of Bristol-New Britain and the Farmington Valley. The first classes began in 1970 with 494 students. Today, the college has around 7,000 full and part time students enrolled.
Tunxis offers an associate's degree in graphic design communications. The 57-credit program teaches students technology, visual literacy, imaging, problem solving, layout, typography, publication, and computer graphics. With this degree, students are prepared to begin a career with a graphic design firm or to work towards an advanced degree in the arts.
Students can also earn a graphic design associate's degree with a focus on interactive media. Coursework for this program includes composition, drawing, design, computer graphics, art history, digital imaging, visual communication, typography, digital illustration, web design, advanced design, and studio work.
Those interested in engineering and design can earn an associate's degree in computer-aided design (CAD). The program prepares students for a career in drafting for architecture or engineering firms or for further study in either area. Students take courses in CAD, statistics, engineering, technical writing, three-dimensional CAD, materials science, and geometric design.
Students at Tunxis can also earn a certificate in either graphic design or CAD. These programs prepare students for entry level careers or for further study and include thirty credits of coursework.
The financial aid office at Tunxis Community College helps students to find the type of assistance for which they are eligible. Federal loans and grants are also available. To be considered for this type of aid, students must complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). From this form, a student's eligibility for federal grants and loans is determined. These are based upon need.
Tunxis Community College is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.