About Yavapai College
Yavapai College is a public two-year institution of higher learning with a main campus in Prescott, Arizona. Prescott was once Arizona's territorial capital and still holds much of the state's early history. More than 500 buildings are on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The town is located within the ponderosa pine forests of the Prescott National Forest area. Outdoor enthusiasts can keep busy in the surrounding mountains that provide hiking and biking areas as well as rappelling opportunities. There are also five lakes, providing fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Prescott also offers many different venues for arts and entertainment, including the Yavapai College Performance Hall, a variety of small theater groups, three local museums and a wide variety of art galleries and exhibit spaces. In addition, the town is just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, 90 minutes south of Flagstaff, and 3 hours from the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Yavapai's art department offers both a two-year AAS degree program and a one-year Advanced Certificate program in graphic design. Course opportunities include two-dimensional design, color theory, graphic design, design software, magazine production, commercial and digital photography, and portfolio development. Internships are available as well. The degree program is intended to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions in the commercial art and advertising fields. Students are educated in the design principles and desktop publishing skills required for employment in these fields. The Advanced Certificate program of study should prepare students for entry-level employment in small printing and design firms. Students are taught basic layout and typography skills using desktop publishing software while applying basic design elements.
Yavapai also offers a Residential Design Certificate program intended to be completed in one year. This program is designed to give students fundamental skills in architectural planning, designing, sketching, and drawing using both the computer and the drawing board. Students are taught to recognize and identify characteristics of historical and contemporary architectural styles. The program emphasizes study of energy efficient building designs, use of building materials, and building methods and techniques. Courses include residential technology and graphics, construction drawings and documents, AutoCAD, and international residential code.
Art students at Yavapai also have the option of completing a two-year AFA degree program focusing on two-dimensional forms such as drawing or fine art photography, 3-dimensional forms such as jewelry making or furniture design, or traditional and digital photography. Recommended foundation courses for art majors are drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, color, and art history. The AFA degree is usually intended for students wishing to continue studies at a 4-year college or university. The two-year program also includes completion of general education requirements, allowing students transferring to a 4-year college to focus entirely on their chosen specializations.
Yavapai is unique in that the college offers a separate school in Sedona, Arizona called the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking. ZGI offers one-year Digital Filmmaking Certificates in documentary and narrative filmmaking, plus an Advanced Certificate in feature filmmaking program for those who have successfully completed at least one certificate program at ZGI. Courses for the documentary and narrative programs include film analysis, image and sound, camera coverage, editing, screenwriting, storytelling, and directing. Advanced program courses include visual effects, advanced cinematography, feature sound design, and feature distribution and marketing.
Yavapai College offers a variety of scholarships based on academic merit, specific career interests, athletic ability, special talents, financial need, or other criteria. Institutional scholarships include departmental, athletic, Board of Governors, Honors Program, and Public Service Scholarships. Foundation scholarships include the Arizona Community Foundation Scholarship, the Yavapai College Champions Scholarship, and many privately funded memorial and endowment scholarships.
Yavapai is one of the few community colleges with on-campus housing. Students can become part of a comfortable and safe community, living just steps away from classrooms, the library and computer labs, the dining hall, extracurricular activities, sporting events, recreation and friends. Available student services include academic advising and counseling, career services, disability resources, health and learning centers, and a Veterans Upward Bound program. There are also many campus activities and student organizations in which all students are encouraged to participate. Men's athletic teams in baseball, basketball and soccer and women's teams in basketball, volleyball and softball compete in Division I of the National Junior College Athletics Association.