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Community for Academic Progress (C.A.P.)

The 2014-15 Norco College Community for Academic Progress (C.A.P.) program is an exciting learning community designed to allow students to enroll in grouped courses that share common themes in Simulation & Gaming, Pre-Engineering, and Commercial Music: Performance.  Since the courses are linked, students take these classes as a group, allowing faculty and students to work and learn together. Students must apply and be accepted into the program which guarantees the opportunity to complete your program in just 4 semesters – securing your graduation in June 2016.

The C.A.P. program offers:

  • A convenient class schedule
  • Personal C.A.P. orientation
  • Tutoring or Supplemental Instructional (SI) Leaders
  • Opportunity for Certificate (or Pre-Engineering degree) completion in 4 semesters
  • Industry tours and field trip opportunities
  • Regular meetings with other C.A.P. students

Program Options:

Commercial Music: Performance
(we will be accepting 32 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     The Commercial Music: Performance certificate is a program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for studio recording and live performance in the commercial music industry. Courses allow students to become proficient on an instrument or voice, gain experience as an ensemble member, study the fundamentals of music including sight-reading and piano skills, become familiar with music technology and record in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Classes are taught utilizing industry-standard software and equipment in state-of-the-art facilities.

Game Art: 3D Animation
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     The Game Art: 3D Animation program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level job in the video games industry and animation industry. Courses cover fundamental artistic preparation and animation principles, as well as industry-standard production tools and techniques. Students are provided a solid foundation in traditional and digital art techniques which are then applied to 3D animation applications. Students learn to plan, set-up, execute, fine tune, and finally import character animations into a game engine. The final course of this program is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art computer studios with the latest versions of industry-standard software packages. Students will be prepared to enter the field as a Junior Character Animator, Previsualization Artist, Layout Artist, or Concept Artist.

Game Art: Character Modeling
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     The Game Art: Character Modeling program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level job in the video games industry and animation industry. Courses cover fundamental artistic skills, human and animal anatomy, character design, 3D modeling, and rigging a character for animation. The final course of this program is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art computer studios with the latest versions of industry-standard software packages. Students will be prepared to enter the field as a Character Modeler, Environment Modeler, Lighting Artist, or 3D Artist.

Game Art: Environments and Vehicles
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     The Game Art: Environments and Vehicles program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level job in the video games industry. Students completing the program will be well qualified to create large scale models including environments, props, and vehicles, as well as indoor and specialized enclosures in video game worlds. The final course of this program is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art computer studios with the latest versions of industry-standard software packages. Students will be prepared to enter the field as a 3D Environments Artist, Prop Modeler, Level Builder or Junior Modeler.

Game Audio
(we will be accepting 32 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     Game Audio CAP students will be well qualified to work in entry-level positions in audio departments for video game developers and publishers throughout the industry. Students will gain foundational skills in both the creative and technical side of game audio design as well as an overview of the game industry. The final course of this program in year 2 is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio and be prepared to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

Game Design
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     Game Design CAP students will be well qualified in the game design process, including game design documentation, standard game design techniques and tools for rapid prototyping including both nondigital and digital methods. Students will be prepared for transfer to a university game design program or to enter the field as an independent designer, assistant producer, or junior level designer. The final course of this program in year 2 is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio.

Game Programming
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: None – all students are eligible.
Program description:
     C.A.P. students completing the Game Programming certificate will be well qualified in the process of designing and coding programming logic for games, including coding game rules, mechanics and game physics to create complete modules and fun game experiences. Students will be prepared to enter the field as a gameplay programmer, game tools programmer, scripter, UI programmer or as an independent game developer specializing in game programming. The final course of this program is a capstone project where students work in an interdisciplinary team with students from the other tracks of the game development programs to create a complete, original game which is ready to publish. Students will complete the program with a polished portfolio and be prepared to enter the workforce in an independent game studio or AAA game development environment.

Pre-Engineering*
(we will be accepting 24 students into this cohort to begin fall term 2014)
Prerequisite classes needed to apply: MAT 10, and Eng-50 or 80 qualifying placement level.
Program description:
     This degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a local university to major in an Engineering related field.  Possible university engineering majors include: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to: 1) Demonstrate the standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, and the solutions to differential equations, 2) Demonstrate a working knowledge of the theories and principles of physics, and 3) Conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data collected.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Submit an Online Application to Norco College

  • Go to www.norcocollege.edu and apply on-line

Step 2: Access WebAdvisor

  • Your WebAdvisor username is your initials and Student ID Number (Example: ab1234567)
  • Your WebAdvisor password is set to your six digit date of birth (Example: 060479).

Step 3: Complete the “CAP Program Application” by June 24, 2014. 

  • After you log-in and select “Students – Click here” the CAP application link is on the left hand side
  • Select the specific program you are interested in
  • You may submit multiple C.A.P. applications, but read selection process below

Step 4: Activate you RCCD Student Email Account 

  • Learn your RCCD email address through WebAdvisor.
  • Go to www.mail.live.com to “SIGN IN” (not SIGN up) with your RCCD email address.
  • Your temporary password will be your 6-digit date of birth without the dashes (ex: 061078).

Step 5: Complete the remaining steps to prepare for your semester

  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Take your assessment tests or submit your college transcripts
  • Complete online orientation & request your one semester educational plan
  • Register for classes following future instructions provided
  • Pay enrollment fees & purchase your parking permit
  • Purchase textbooks
  • Get your Norco College ID card
  • Attend the first day of class

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS:
Submit a Norco College supplemental C.A.P. application in Webadvisor between May 1st at 12:01 am until June 24th at 11:59 pm. These days are the only window to apply to enter the program Fall 2014!

You may apply to one or more of the 8 C.A.P. programs by submitting multiple applications, but you may not submit any ranking or order of preference. If randomly selected into one program, you will automatically be ineligible for other programs. Since each program takes a unique sequence of courses, many of which have prerequisites, students may not transfer from one C.A.P. program to another.

LIMITATIONS:
Due to the college unit cap established for Kennedy Middle College High School students, KMC students seeking concurrent enrollment will not be accepted to the C.A.P. program since the required units exceed the number of college classes allowable.

ACCEPTANCE:
Prior academic coursework, financial need, location of residence, GPA, or any other merit or need factors are not considered. Students are accepted into the C.A.P. program using a random numbering process. Due to a limitation of space, the online application during the dates listed above is the only way that students will be able to apply.

CLASS SIZE LIMITATION:
We are only able to accept a certain number of students into each cohort. See C.A.P. program descriptions above.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
(4) 15-Week Sessions (approximately two years) Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring. Those being accepted into the Pre-engineering program may need to take additional classes during the winter or summer sessions. Applying during May/June and starting the program in August 2014 provides you the pathway to graduate in June 2016.

NOTIFICATION OF STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION:
You will be notified using your Norco College email address within 30 days of the close of applications.

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