Virginia College-Birmingham

School Summary
65 Bagby Dr
Birmingham, AL 35209-3703
(205) 802-1200
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:
School Title:
Virginia College

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. Visitors can tour the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame or visit Rickwood Field, the world's oldest ballpark. America's largest motorcycle collection can be seen at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Annual events including the AMA Superbike Championship in April and the Grand American Rolex Series in July occur at the adjacent Barber Motorsports Park. Metropolitan Birmingham also boasts a variety of fine restaurants, exciting nightlife, museums, historic sites and shopping. Other sites of interest include the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Southern Museum of Flight, Vulcan Park, McWane Center, Alabama Adventure Theme Park and the Birmingham Zoo, the state's largest.

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 scholarship availability and the application process.

Virginia College offers small class sizes and 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 promise to 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, marketing the graduate's skills, and generating job leads. The school is confident enough in the skills training offered to provide a unique employer guarantee. The guarantee states that if a graduate begins a career and the employer does not believe him or her to be properly trained in a particular skill area, the student may return and re-take the appropriate class at no charge.

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