Victor Valley College
About Victor Valley College
Victor Valley College (VVC) is a two-year community college in Victorville, California. It is located in the High Desert region of Southern California in the Victor Valley on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains. Residents and visitors can participate in mountain skiing during ski season, water activities in several beautiful lakes, and the recreational opportunities of the desert including the Mojave Narrows. Mojave Narrows is an oasis in the Mojave Desert where visitors can fish, boat, camp, hike nature trails, and enjoy horseback riding along the ancient riverbed of the Mojave River. It is the current home of the Route 66 Museum, the San Bernardino County Fair, and the High Desert Mavericks, a championship triple A baseball team located on the city's western border in Adelanto.
VVC offers several certificate programs within the department of computer integrated design and graphics. One or more of these programs may be completed and combined with additional coursework within the department in order to complete a two-year AS degree in computer integrated design and graphics. Completion of the degree requires a minimum of eighteen units from any CIDG courses including certificate programs, plus all courses necessary to meet the general education requirements.
Students may complete the Architectural CADD Technician I Certificate within one year. The certificate requires a minimum of nine units including blueprint reading for construction and two levels of architectural computer aided design. It is also possible for a student to complete the CADD Technician I Certificate simultaneously. It requires a minimum of nine units as well, including two-dimensional AutoCAD, advanced two-dimensional AutoCAD, and solids modeling and three-dimensional CADD.
The CIDG department also offers a digital animation artist certificate. Students may choose either the animation track or the art track. The student must complete a minimum of 15 units total for either track. The art track requires one course chosen from a list including survey of art history, design, life drawing, and sculpture. Within the animation track there are two software package options as well. Students in the SoftImage XSI option complete courses including principles of animation, intermediate modeling and animation, digital character animation, and Photoshop for animators. Within the 3DS MAX option, students complete courses in 3DS MAX fundamentals, advanced modeling and materials, character animation and advanced keyframing techniques, Photoshop for animators, and an introduction to geographic information science. Students within the animation field may also choose a shorter certificate program focusing on either software option and requiring completion of only the first three required courses listed for each.
Also within the CIDG Department is a program offering the Visual Communications Certificate. The certificate is available with a focus in either graphic design or print production. The graphic design focus requires seventeen completed units including design for graphic artists, survey of computer graphic studio, computer illustration, typography and layout, and multimedia and Web design. the print production focus requires 16 units including design for graphic artists, survey of computer graphic studio, print production process, typography and layout, and page layout and design.
VVC also offers a one-year Digital Photography Certificate program. This program exposes students to portrait, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. An emphasis is placed on learning Adobe Photoshop, digital cameras and digital output devices. A minimum of 17 units are required, including beginning and intermediate photography, portraiture, introduction to Photoshop, basic photographic lighting techniques, and a portfolio design course.
The Victor Valley College District Foundation serves as the primary repository for scholarships used by students at Victor Valley College. Students can apply for all scholarships through VVC's online system available on the college Web site. Scholarships vary in criteria and size, with academic achievement, financial need, and chosen field of study being primary determiners. For more information on available scholarships, prospective students are encouraged to call or email the Office of Financial Aid at Victor Valley College.
Many activities and services are available to students who attend VVC. Clubs for students with a variety of special interests are an ongoing part of campus life. A complete listing of clubs is available from the Office of the Associated Student Body, the college's student government group. Among the clubs currently available are the Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, Black Student Union, Dance Club, Scribber's Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, French club, and the Sounds of Gospel. The school's student services include a career center, child development center, academic and personal counseling, Veterans' services, disabled student services, a student employment office for students looking for employment while attending the college, computer labs, a writing center, and a learning center.
Victor Valley College is accredited regionally by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASCJC). Victor Valley College reports that it is nationally accredited. Accreditation is by an agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education.