Five Towns College
305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, New York 11746-5871
(631) 631-2110

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$10,200 per semester
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$6,500 per semester
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$1,020 approx. per year

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Five Towns College
305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, New York 11746-5871

Five Towns College majors include audio, music, business, education,
theatre, film & video, mass communication and liberal arts.

College Description
Located at the geographic heart of Long Island, Five Towns College has been preparing students for work in all phases of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. An independent, nonsectarian, coeducational institution, Five Towns College was initially founded by a group of Long Islanders who sought to provide students with an alternative to the "large university" experience. Indeed, FTC is a small college that values the individuality of each student. Today over 900 students come to study at the College's suburban campus at Dix Hills, New York, from every corner of the globe. Students are drawn to the College because of its reputation in music and the performing arts. The contemporary music programs at FTC are easily distinguished from classical music programs offered by other institutions. Indeed, Five Towns College was the first institution in New York State to offer a jazz/commercial music curriculum, and is considered the preeminent school in the region for music business and the recording arts and sciences.

Majors and Degrees Offered
Five Towns College awards the Bachelor of Music degree in jazz/commercial music, with concentrations in audio recording technology, compositing/songwriting, music business, performing music, and musical theatre.

Five Towns College awards a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in business management, with the concentrations in audio recording technology, and music business. The college also awards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in theatre and film/video.

Two teacher education programs are offered; the Bachelor of Science (BS) in childhood education (1-6) and the Bachelor of Music (MusB) in music education (K-12).

Five Towns College awards a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mass Communication with concentrations in broadcasting and journalism.

Five Towns College also awards the AA, AS, and AAS degrees. The subject areas include business administration, business management, jazz/commercial music, and liberal arts. Business management students may select a concentration in audio recording technology or music business. Literature concentrations are available in the liberal arts program.

Academic Life
The most popular programs are music business, childhood education, music performance, music teacher education, audio recording technology, film/video arts, and theatre arts. The College is committed to "hands-on" teaching. Thus, students are expected to become actively involved in out-of-class assignments, projects, recording sessions, television productions, and performance ensembles as may be applicable, so that they may be fully engaged in the academic process and debate. The faculty is more firmly engaged in teaching than it is in research. The College has a learning center, where students may drop in at any time for tutorial assistance in any subject matter offered by the faculty.

Academic Programs
The teacher education programs include childhood education leading to a BS degree and music education leading to a Mus.B degree.

The music education program is designed for students interested in a career as a teacher of music in a public or private school (K-12). The program leads the New York State certification and prepares students for the New York State Examination for Teacher Certification. The course work provides professional training and includes a student-teaching experience in a cooperating public school district under the supervision of the music education coordinator.

The audio recording technology concentration is designed to provide students with tools needed to succeed as professional engineers and producers in the recording industry. Students receive intensive instruction in audio recording, a comprehensive music education, and the opportunity to participate in supervised internships. The College's proximity to New York City allows many students the opportunity to intern in world-class studios. The music business concentration is designed for students interested in a career in music-related business fields such as the recorded music industry. The course work covers the various aspects of this exciting and rapidly growing field, including the technical, legal, production, management, and merchandising aspects of the music business. The composition/songwriting concentration provides professional training for students who intend to pursue careers as composers, arrangers, and songwriters. Students receive intensive instruction in core technical studies that include courses such as harmony, orchestration, counterpoint, MIDI, songwriting, keyboard techniques, form and analysis, commercial arranging, and composition. The performance concentration is designed for students planning to pursue careers as professional performers. It provides a common core of technical studies and a foundation of specialized courses such as music history, harmony, counterpoint, improvisation, ensemble performance, and private instruction.

To earn a Bachelor of Music degree, a student must complete 130 credits. Music educational majors must complete 63 credits in applied music, 35 credits in liberal arts, 25 credits in music education (including 9 credits of student teaching), and 12 credits in music history. All other music majors must complete 54 credits in applied music, 32 credits in liberal arts, 24 credits in a major area of concentration, 12 credits in music history, and 8 credits of electives.

To earn a Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) degree in business management, a student must complete 122 credits, with 44 credits in liberal arts, 45 credits in business, 24 credits in a major area of concentration, and 9 credits of electives.

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in theatre, a student must complete 130 credits. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) candidate in childhood education must complete 128 credits of academic work. Whereas, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mass communication requires 122 credits of academic work. To earn an associate's degree, a student must complete 62 to 66 credits of course work. Distribution of credits varies according to degree and concentration sought.

To graduate from any degree program, students must earn a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.

Campus Life
Through the elected Student Government, the students determine which extracurricular activities will be supported. Students participate in the Audio Club, The Record (campus newspaper), Year Book and Gospel Choir.  MENC, Phi Sigma National Honor Society, Video Club, Hip Hop Club and various intramural athletic leagues. Suggestions for new clubs and activities are always welcome. The Living/Learning center is a complex of four Residence Halls located on campus. Each building is equipped with a variety of single and double rooms, high speed Internet access, optional cable TV, telephone service and other amenities.  A minimum mandatory meal plan is required.  Students interested in on-campus housing must file a separate application from the Residential life office.  The Career Center provides students with career, internship, and part-time job assistance. Students are required to complete an internship requirement in their junior and senior year. In the past, students have been placed at companies such as Sony, CBS, Capitol Cities/ABC, Warner Brothers, Polygram Records.

Facilities and Resources
Five Towns College is located in Dix Hills, New York, the geographic heart of Long Island. The physical plant is a 110,000-sq.-ft. uni-span building, with all wings being completely integrated and attached. Campus facilities and resources include The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts, an "acoustically perfect" auditorium with theatre-style seating for 600; four state-of-the-art recording studios, including an SSL fully automated 72-channel console; and a multi-formatted television studio, which emphasizes Beta Sp, DVCAM and digital formats. The Computer Center is equipped with a local area network (LAN) connecting 50 PCs each equipped with the fastest Pentium processors. Fully modernized MIDI and MAC labs provide the students with the latest technology. The campus gymnasium will include regulation basketball courts, men's and ladies' locker rooms, and an aerobics and dance center, as well as weight training equipment. At the center of the campus is the Upbeat Cafe and Courtyard, the student dining commons, where students gather between or after classes to enjoy a cup of coffee or to catch up on the day's events. The Five Towns College Library is a specialized collection, which uniquely supports the College's curricula. It consists of over 40,000 volumes, and nearly 15,000 non-print items, and subscribes to over 470 periodicals annually. The Library is assembled into a main collection, periodical collection, professional collection, and listening library. The card catalogs, as well as various other resources such as Info-Track and the World Wide Web, are accessible from nearly every PC on campus.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office at Five Towns College administered nearly $3.5 million worth of grants and loans. The College participates in all New York State, Title IV, and Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Programs. College grants and scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and/or merit. Transfer student applications are given equal consideration. Scholarships are offered in childhood education, music performance, theatre arts and mass communication.

Admission Requirements
Five Towns College seeks students who are genuinely able to benefit from the programs of study available at the College. Prospective students must submit a completed application and an official high school transcript. A campus interview is strongly recommended, and required in some cases. The SAT or ACT is required, and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must also submit official transcripts of all college-level work attempted. International applicants must present a TOEFL score of at least 70 (internet score) for undergraduates and 80 for graduates students or demonstrate command of the English language by successfully completed an ESL program approved by the College. An IELTS score of 6.5 for undergraduate and 7.0 for graduates are minimum requirements.  Applicants may apply to Five Towns College on a rolling admissions basis. For further information, call 631-656-2110 or email us at

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