College Prep

 

College Research

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I.M. College Connections Overview

College Research Curriculum

In order to prepare for colleges, students are given instruction in several aspects of the college process. This curriculum is presented during the junior year so that students can continue their research over the summer with their parents by visiting college campuses, and then begin the application process in the upcoming fall of their senior year.

Students spend time in class researching colleges that are popular for various reasons. Private art colleges, state of Ohio colleges, and affordable local community colleges are all compared and rated by students based on cost, quality of the curriculum, scholarship availability and facilities as they relate to a future in the Interactive Media and digital arts fields. At the end of this research, students understand the differences between private, state and community colleges and the advantages and disadvantages of each. They also obtain perspective in knowing how to choose the colleges they might like to try applying to.

As a final project, students will complete mock applications for each type of college. These applications will be complete with all accompanying paperwork, documents, and portfolio cd.

 

College Portfolios

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In addition to researching colleges, students will prepare the work they have completed during the school year into a digital portfolio, for submission to either a college or a prospective employer.

 

Transfer Credits

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Credit Articulation Agreements

Students earn transferable college "articulation" credits while in high school. "Articulation Agreements" are documented proof that much of the high school Interactive Media curriculum matches college level standards, and therefore transferable as earned college credit. Articulation Agreements are contract-like agreements made by the Interactive Media program administration and specific colleges stating that a college will automatically give college credit for specific college classes to the incoming Interactive Media student graduate because the high school Interactive Media program has taught the student sufficiently enough to warrant testing out of specific classes at that college. Simply put, it is an agreement that the college will give the student test out credits for certain, specific classes.

This means that the student will save tuition money by not having to pay for certain classes. It also means that the student will not have to repeat learning things that they are already proficient in. Examples of common classes that students test out of are digital imaging, introduction to the multimedia computer, web design, and video production.

Every college has a different set of rules and every contracted Articulation Agreement with the high school varies. Currently, the Mayfield Excel TECC I.M. program has three Articulation Agreements with the following colleges:

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
    Virginia Mardi College of Art and Design
    Lakeland Community College (transferable to Tri-C)

Articulation Agreements looks very much like transcripts. Therefore, if a student chooses to attend a college other than one on the list having Articulation Agreements with Mayfield Excel TECC, the student can show the document to the college admissions office, and possibly still obtain an opportunity to have a portfolio review to see about qualifying for testing out of classes. It is recommended that the student go through this process before paying the tuition to the college.

 

Scholarships

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Scholarships

Because of the extensive, high level training they receive in the IM program, graduates from the IM program often will not only be accepted to the colleges of their choice but quite often will receive scholarships based on the quality of their portfolios.

Here are a few of the colleges I.M. students have earned scholarships to:

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Art Institute of San Francisco
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Lakeland Community College

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INTERACTIVE MEDIA
EXCEL TECC
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