Virginia College-Birmingham - Birmingham, AL | Alabama Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Virginia College-Birmingham

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About Virginia College-Birmingham

Virginia College is a private institution of higher learning with a main campus in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, and is considered the cultural and entertainment capital of the state. Metropolitan Birmingham also boasts a variety of fine restaurants, nightlife, museums, historic sites and shopping.

Virginia College offers a 2-year AAS degree program in computer-aided drafting and design. Foundational courses include learning framework and CAD portfolio development. Additional required coursework includes CAD drafting and fundamentals, 3D graphics fundamentals, architectural desktop, and two levels of CAD design and project. The student is then required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of general education courses and 22 hours of CAD-related electives chosen after consultation with the program director.

The college also offers an extensive program in interior design. Students can choose either the 2-year AFA or the 4-year BFA degree program. Both require foundational coursework in learning framework. The AFA degree requires completion of a course in portfolio development while the BFA requires a course in portfolio presentation techniques. Both programs require additional coursework in interior sketching, architectural drafting, space planning, design fundamentals, and residential and commercial design with coordinating studio work. The BFA program requires additional study of universal design plus two semesters of a course called Senior Design Project for graduation. The total minimum quarter credit hours required for each program only differs by 50 hours.

The Financial Aid department at Virginia College is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, grants, and student loans are available to those who require assistance and qualify. Students are encouraged to contact an admissions officer for further information on the application process.

Virginia College offers flexible class schedules. The Virtual Library provided to all students at no additional cost gives them access to thousands of research sources, including books, newspapers, magazines, online sites, databases and much more. The Career Services associates can assist students in obtaining or enhancing their careers immediately after graduation and beyond. This is accomplished through assistance in the job search, including reviewing a graduate's resume, assisting in interviewing techniques, counseling for career choice, providing help in career and job-market research, and marketing the graduate's skills.

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