Collins College is a for-profit institution with locations in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, got its start in 1978. Al Collins, who successfully ran a graphic design company, in addition to having served as the art director of Esquire magazine, hoped to help other aspiring artists and designers by opening a school with his wife. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, Collins College offers both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to students upon the successful completion of their program of study.
The college features several popular programs of study, namely the School of Interactive Media, the School of Visual Arts and Design, and the School of Film, Video and Visual FX.
The School of Interactive Media offers a Bachelor’s degree in game design. This program of study prepares students for entry-level work or further education in game design. Employers who have recently hired graduates of the School of Interactive Media’s program include Eigensoft, Comedy Central, Boeing, and Intel. The campus offers students state-of-the-art studios, labs, classrooms, and digital technology.
The School of Visual Arts and Design addresses the needs of students hoping to pursue an education in the fields of Interior Design, Game Design, and Graphic Design. The School offers students an associate’s or bachelor’s degree upon the successful completion of a program of study. Hands-on career training and industry-leading software helps students find employment upon graduation in the fields of game design, game artistry, interior design, and graphic design. Employers of alumni have included Garage Games, D3 Publisher of America, Pixar, and Sony Online Entertainment. The Graphic Design Program prepares students for web or publication design, while the Interior Design Program teaches students the ins and outs of transforming spaces into modern masterpieces of design construction.
The School of Film, Video and Visual FX is the perfect place for students pursuing career training in Motion Graphics, Film and TV Production, Video Editing, and Cinematography. The campus features a model professional film studio to give students the opportunity to work in a true-to-life setting. A 2,000-square-foot screening theater with the capacity for 200 students, two sound stages, and high-quality video and audio production studios help prepare students for work in such companies as Croog Studios and Electronic Arts, both of which have hired graduates of the program.
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The financial aid office features several aid opportunities, including work-study, scholarships, grants, and loans. Standard government aid programs like the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, the Federal Work Study Program, and the Federal Perkins Loan are all available, in addition to some locally-based awards. One such award, the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), is offered to students in their third and fourth years who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing an approved area of study (including technology, computer sciences, or engineering, among others).
Both Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, are cities well-loved by their inhabitants and the thousands of people who visit them each year. The sunny city of Tempe is home to more than 160,000 residents, numerous parks, museums and monuments, and many centers of culture, academia, politics, and finance. Arizona State University is located mere blocks away, giving Tempe a true college-town feel. The Mill Avenue District of downtown is a pedestrian-friendly stretch, and real lovers of the outdoors enjoy the many activities (including pedal boats!) available at Tempe Town Lake.
Phoenix is home to 1.5 million people, and is perfect for students looking for a more “big city” experience. A diverse arts and cultural scene characterizes the city, which is home to the well-known Pueblo Grande Museum, Archaeological Park, and the Desert Botanical Gardens. The Phoenix Symphony Hall, Herberger Theater, and the Orpheum Theater are all arts venues frequented by natives and visitors alike, and sports lovers rejoice in the presence of such all-star teams as the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Rattlers. An average yearly temperature of 73 degrees and numerous outdoor recreation spots make Phoenix an ideal spot for nature lovers.
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