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Virginia College-Huntsville

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About Virginia College-Huntsville

Virginia College is a private institution of higher learning with a campus in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville is the largest city in northern Alabama. It is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and U.S. Space Camp, the Alabama Constitution Village, and many interactive historical and art museums. Big Spring Jam is an annual three-day music festival held on the last full weekend of September in and around Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville. Other annual events include the Panoply Arts Festival, the June Black Arts Festival, and Con*Stellation, a science fiction convention.

The Huntsville campus offers a 4-year BFA degree program in animation and game design. The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of artistic design, story development, project management, digital content creation, and portfolio development. Students are trained in 3D modeling, character design, animation, and game content development. The development and exhibition of a completed portfolio of work is required for graduation. Other required courses include drawing, computer graphics, digital painting, storyboarding and cinematography, audio and video production, Photoshop, animation fundamentals, character development, game design, and level design. The senior project course involves the exhibition of the developed portfolio of work, and the required game design project course involves working as a team to develop and create an actual video game.

Virginia College's Huntsville campus offers a 2-year AAS degree program in web design and development. The program aims to prepare students for a technical career in the field of internet website design, development, and administration. Foundational courses include the learning framework, Web portfolio development, and keyboarding. General education courses in mathematics, humanities, and communications are required as well. Coursework in the area of concentration includes Photoshop, internet technology foundations, qebsite design, web visual design theory, web scripting, web animation concepts, web design project management, web certification, and website management.

The campus also offers a 2-year AAS degree program in computer-aided drafting and design. Foundational courses include a learning framework and a course in CAD portfolio development. Additional required courses include CAD drafting and fundamentals, 3D graphics, 3D visualization, architectural desktop, customization and AutoLISP, and two design and project courses in CAD design and advanced CAD design. Students are also required to complete a total of 16 credit hours in general education courses including communications, mathematics, and approved electives.

Another available 2-year program offers an AAA degree program in design visualization. This program focuses on preparing students for challenging careers in 3D computer-aided modeling, focusing on the communication of ideas through 3D visualization and presentation of design data. In addition to the foundational learning framework and portfolio presentation course, students in this program study drawing, CAD, 3D graphics, computer graphics, modeling, surfacing, and lighting effects. Completion of a design project course is required for graduation, as is completion of 16 credit hours of general education courses.

The Financial Aid department at Virginia College is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, grants, and student loans may be available to those who 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 gives them access to thousands of research sources, including books, newspapers, magazines, online sites, databases and much more. Career services include reviewing resumes, 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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