NOVA Offers New Courses

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Spring enrollment at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is now open with new course offerings. NOVA offers hundreds of course offerings in dozens of subjects and welcomes students of all ages to further their education. “There is something for everyone at NOVA, whether they are seeking a degree, planning to transfer to a four-year institution or going into the workforce. At the Woodbridge campus, there are distinctive programs, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, massage therapy, and cinema,” said Charlene Wilkins, campus and community relations specialist for the Woodbridge campus. “At the Manassas Campus, distinctive programs include early childhood education and automotive technology.”

New Cinema Program This Semester

“NOVA now offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Cinema degree. The cinema program provides dynamic and hands-on classes where students learn behind-the-scenes film production, including cinematography, camera operation and direction; pre-production work, including script-writing, planning, and pitching a story idea;  ost-production techniques, such as audio and video editing, color grading and motion graphics; acting in front of the camera; and film theory and criticism,” Wilkins said.

Classes for this program take place at the Woodbridge and Alexandria campuses. Students will learn how to make music videos, narrative short films, documentaries, promotional films, television commercials and web video content from industry professionals.

Students in this program have the opportunity to study abroad at the FAMO Film School in Pisek, Czech Republic. They will have access to renowned resources and get exposure to award-winning filmmakers.
“The cinema program prepares students to transfer to a four-year university, begin a career in film, or simply to satisfy curiosity about filmmaking,” Wilkins said.

If you would like more information about this program, contact Chris Stallings at [email protected] or 703-878-5715 or 703-878-5657.

In addition to the new cinema program, there are a few new degrees being added.

New Programs at Manassas Campus

The Manassas campus now offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in engineering technology. This program was designed in tight collaboration with leading technology employers throughout the region, including Micron Technology, BAE Systems and U.S. Army’s Night Vision Labs. The program prepares students for employment as a technician, operator and/or technologist in the fields of engineering technology, electrical technology, industrial technology, operational technology, sensor technology, automation technology, robotics and mechatronics.

The Manassas campus also has the new Associate of Science Degree in criminology and criminal justice. This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice, criminology or related fields.

Applying to NOVA

NOVA has an open-door admission policy. Any person 18 or older who holds a high school diploma or equivalent may attend and receive the academic opportunities at NOVA.

“It’s important to communicate with an academic advisor early in the enrollment process so that the admission and registration process is seamless. NOVA offers in-person counseling services and virtual, online advising; career assessments to help with the decision-making process; and a college success skills course designed to familiarize students with the challenges of higher education,” Wilkins said. New students applying for admission should visit and follow the step-by-step instructions for getting started at NOVA.

With more than 40 transfer agreements with four-year universities and various partnerships with businesses in the area, NOVA can help you get started on your academic career. NOVA also offers small class sizes and experienced faculty who are industry professionals, Fulbright scholars and best-selling authors, all ready to help you achieve your goals. For more information, call 703-323-3000.


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