Arizona State University at the West Campus
About Arizona State University at the West Campus
Arizona State University at the West Campus is a 4-year university with a modern, urban campus in northwest Phoenix, Arizona. The city has a lot to offer those seeking outdoor adventure. Tens of thousands of acres of mountain and desert preserves offer everything from summit climbs to meandering valley trails on foot, mountain bike or horseback. The trails are all open year-round. Visitors seeking less physical activity can browse through some of the Valley's best local art or explore the remains of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village. Historical sites of interest include Heritage Square, the Pueblo Grande Museum, Tovrea Castle, and the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park.
ASU West offers a 4-year BS degree in applied computing with a concentration in digital media and graphic design. Students are required to meet the general education requirements common to all 4-year degree programs at ASU West. In addition, the core coursework required for applied computing include three upper level math courses and five foundational courses in applied computing, including introduction to and principles of computer science and introduction to database systems. The digital media and graphic design concentration requires additional coursework including digital editing and media literacy, two levels of digital interactivity, digital graphic technologies and applications, and a required internship. In addition, students are required to complete a 15 hour liberal arts cluster and choose additional electives required to fill the total 120 hour graduation requirement.
ASU West also offers a 4-year BA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. In addition to the general education requirements, students must complete core courses such as introduction to theatre and art history, plus foundational courses in performance techniques and composition, interdisciplinary digital media, or fundamentals of sound art. Students must also complete courses offering an introduction to and perspectives on interdisciplinary arts, plus global awareness and cultural diversity. Upper level coursework includes 20th and 21st century art, performance and media, visual representation, digital editing and media literacy, and several IAP laboratory credits. In the final term, students must complete a senior project required for graduation.
ASU West offers many institutionally funded scholarships to new and returning students. Most scholarships have separate application forms with varying criteria for award consideration. Some of the available scholarships include the ASU Alumni Association West Scholarship, ASU Parents Association Kantaben Kapadia Scholarship, ASU Registrar's Scholarship, ASU Thunderbird Pilots Endowment, ASU West Academic Endowment Scholarship, ASU West Campus Tuition Scholarship, ASU West Community Leadership Scholarship, ASU West Visionaries Scholarship, and ASU's West Academic Endowment Scholarship.
ASU provides an Office of Student Engagement, sponsoring clubs and organizations of all types to fit the interests of all students. There are academic, social, special interest, and ethnic groups, plus campus publications and fitness organizations. Some of the many groups already in existence on ASU's West campus include the American Association of University Women, the Animal Welfare Association, Colleges Against Cancer, and Teachers of the Future. The University also provides many campus amenities, including a library, cafeteria, child development center, fitness center, bookstore, credit union, computer center, lounges and meeting rooms, a residence hall and the Student Success Center with its integrated approach to writing and tutoring support. ASU's West campus is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.