Arizona Western College - Yuma, AZ | Arizona Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Arizona Western College

School Summary
2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 317-6000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Arizona Western College

Arizona Western College is a public community college with a main campus located in Yuma, Arizona. Yuma offers much to the history enthusiast. The city is home to the historical Yuma Territorial Prison, the Yuma Crossing Historic Park, and a historic downtown area. For nature lovers, the Kofa Mountain Range and wildlife refuge, Martinez and Mittry Lakes, and the Algodones Dunes are all found near the city. The Colorado River runs along the north and west side of town dividing Arizona and California. Nearby is the town of Los Algodones, Baja California, a very popular spot for tourists to shop and enjoy the local cuisine.

AWC has a program in architectural technology, offering both an occupational certificate and an occupational degree. The Certificate in Architectural Technology prepares graduates for an entry-level position in the career field of drafting and pre-architecture. Courses include principals of interior design, structural design and building materials, construction graphics, building codes, environmental systems, introduction to CAD, and a design project course. The certificate can be completed in approximately one year. The degree prepares graduates for work with design. It can be completed in approximately two years. Required major courses include those required for the certificate program, plus a survey of architecture, an architectural portfolio, and more advanced coursework in computer graphics and computer aided drafting. Students must also complete an introductory course in computer information systems and several general education courses prior to graduation.

AWC also offers a program in industrial graphics - drafting/CAD with both certificate and degree options. The certificate and degree allow graduates to obtain an entry-level drafting position. The certificate can be completed in two semesters, and the AAS degree can be completed in four semesters. Required major courses for both include industrial and construction graphics drafting, two levels of CAD, CAD design and manufacturing, and plane surveying. Completion of the certificate requires only one general education course in mathematics. Additional general education courses are required for completion of the degree. The degree program also includes additional departmental requirements such as basic electricity, technical writing, and employee and occupational safety.

AWC also offers a 2-year AAS degree program in computer graphics. The program is designed to provide the graphics training needed for a wide variety of professions including graphic designers, illustrators, multimedia specialists, digital photographers, and Web designers. The program focuses on industry standard software training and design theory. Course requirements for the program include basic general education requirements, plus required major courses in graphic communications, computer illustration, digital imaging, page composition, interactivity and graphics, 3D modeling and surfacing, advanced 3D graphics, and principles of animation. A course in portfolio and career management is required for graduation.

An Occupational Certificate in Media Arts is also available at AWC. Students completing this certificate will be able to work in entry-level positions for firms or services involving photography, broadcasting, graphic arts, journalism or television. The certificate can be completed in two or three semesters. Required major courses include an introduction to broadcasting, graphic communications, mass communications, news writing, public speaking, and television production. An independent study course or an internship in art, broadcasting, graphic design, journalism, photography, or television production is required, as are at least three elective courses from among these same fields.

AWC offers various institutional funds to eligible students from the Office of Financial Aid as well as other departmental scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria dependent upon the scholarship. Some are academically based, including the Presidential Scholarship and the Honors Scholarship. Others are based upon chosen field of study, financial need, extracurricular activities, or even community involvement. Additional scholarships are available through the AWC Foundation, which offers over 30 scholarships. A few of the available Foundation scholarships include the AWC Foundation Scholarship, the Bank of America Scholarship, the TRIO Scholarship, and the First Alarm Scholarship, plus many other endowed and memorial scholarship funds.

Every student at AWC has an opportunity to become an active participant in the total college experience. The campus offers many different social, spiritual, academic, and professional groups in which students are encouraged to participate. A few of the available organizations include the Student Government Association, a weekly Bible study, Campus Crusade for Christ, Press Club, and Spirit Squad. The school also offers a wide variety of intercollegiate athletics. Students are given free admission to all athletic events. The school offers football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, and men's and women's basketball. The college also provides many student services including counseling & advising, tutoring, testing, disability support, and career and transfer services.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,