ACC Highland Phase 2 adds flexible, advanced facilities for the cutting-edge, career-technical education and hands-on experience needed for today’s jobs. Totaling 415,000 square feet, phase 2 comprises the college’s IMPACT Lab — an advanced manufacturing incubator, a health sciences simulation center, multimedia art gallery, and culinary arts center with a restaurant operated by ACC faculty, staff, and students. It also includes state-of-the-art facilities for more than a dozen ACC programs, including: Computer Science and Information Technology, Game Development, Music Business Performance Technology, Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design, Radio/Television/Film, and Visual Communication. Registration is happening now for classes that begin spring 2021.
The Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design program provides technologically advanced workforce education and training leading to certificates and degrees in the fields of technical graphics and computer aided design (CAD). At Highland, students get access to advanced equipment and labs.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland: A&E CAD
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The Culinary Arts program brings cutting-edge training kitchens to the classroom. Led by a faculty of expert chefs, students learn advanced culinary skills, receive employer‐preferred training in sanitation, costs, and budgeting, and have access to the college’s newest student-run restaurant — Eatery 73.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland Phase 2 - Culinary Arts
Explore a future in dance at Highland. Students gain technical skills, and serve as company members, while enjoying the benefits of working alongside professional choreographers, performers, instructors, and designers.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland Phase 2 - Dance
The Drama program at Highland offers a vigorous training ground with professionally active and award-winning faculty & staff, and unique state-of-the-art facilities.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland Phase 2 - Drama
Study the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface in Austin Community College’s Geospatial Engineering Program. You’ll gain experience in field work, computer aided design (CAD), and survey data processing. Earning an associate degree in this field prepares you to become a surveyor-in-training.
Learn to analyze spatial data and create informative maps by studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Austin Community College. You’ll use industry software to visualize everything you want to know about a place — from its average household size to its most common vegetation.
Interested in producing albums or concerts? Consider studying music business, performance, and technology at Austin Community College. You can learn about the legal aspects of the music industry, get access to state-of-the-art recording studios, participate in an internship program, and more.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland Phase 2 - Music Business, Performance & Technology
What better place to study music or choral performance than Austin Community College? After all, we’re located in and around the Live Music Capital of the World. This program blends music theory and appreciation with private instruction to help take your art to the next level. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to transfer to a four-year college or conservatory.
Watch: Inside ACC Highland Phase 2 - Music
Learn to create compelling media by studying radio-television-film at Austin Community College. ACC’s in-house production studio offers opportunities for hands-on experience, and coursework covers screen storytelling, creative digital production, and more. The program is led by experts in the field, and RTF credits transfer to four-year universities like UT and Texas State.
Watch: Inside Highland Phase 2 - Radio TV Film Tour
Watch: Inside Highland Phase 2 - Learning at the new RTF Facilities
Watch: A Production from ACC's RTF Team
ACC adopted a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver standard for all new construction and major renovation projects. Through ACC’s recent growth, the LEED principles have enabled the district to save energy and water while providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff, and faculty.
ACC's IMPACT Lab is a manufacturing incubator for Central Texas. The lab fosters connections between manufacturers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors to ensure the region’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, lead, and reduce the cost and barriers to entry for physical product innovation.
Eatery 73 is ACC's newest student-run restaurant. Culinary Arts students create, prepare, and serve customized menus for a casual dining experience open to the community. Service is expected to begin in fall 2021.
Austin Community College District is reshaping higher education and revitalizing a community by transforming the former Highland Mall into a state-of-the art learning and training complex.
ACC's Highland Campus is a state-of-the-art campus providing flexible, advanced facilities for the cutting-edge career-technical education and hands-on experience needed for today's jobs.
Building 2000 is made possible through community and industry partnerships and by ACC District voters and includes specialized facilities designed to boost the college's capacity to train students for high-demand careers, build strong industry partnerships, and nurture local business growth.