Rio Salado College - Tempe, AZ | Arizona Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Rio Salado College

School Summary
2323 W 14th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 517-8000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College's administrative headquarters is located in the city of Tempe, Arizona. Tempe is a city known for its support of the arts. Evidence of this can be found at the Tempe Center for the Arts featuring a large performance hall as well as a small studio theater, plus a large art gallery. Local performance groups such as the Tempe Little Theatre, the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, the Tempe Community Chorus, Desert Dance and the Tempe Wind Ensemble appear on the center’s stages. The gallery features a variety of exhibitions, from contemporary art by local and international artists to themes of popular and cultural interest.

Rio Salado College was established in 1978.It was the first college in the state of Arizona to go completely online, with over 450 online courses offered. The college headquarters are in Tempe, Arizona, with ten satellite locations in the surrounding area. Rio Salado is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Rio Salado offers a one-year certificate of completion in Web design. The program prepares students to work with and design personal and professional Web pages. Courses focus on Web design and publishing, graphics design, multimedia technology, and project management. Required courses include Flash digital animation, computer graphics, project management software, multimedia technology, visual basic programming, Internet and Web development, and e-Commerce. After completion of the certificate program, students may choose to continue on to earn a two-year AAS degree in computer technology. In order to complete the degree program, students must choose at least one elective from a restricted list which includes business and personal computers courses, corporate computer technology courses, computer information systems courses, and office automation systems course. In addition, the general education requirements must be met prior to graduation.

Rio Salado also offers a one-year certificate of completion in eLearning design specialist. The program prepares students to work in the field of instructional design. Students learn to custom-design instructional programs and products including courses, curricula, training documentation, multimedia presentations, and simulations. The courses focus on design theory, environments, media and tools. The courses also prepare students to work in a team environment, organize projects including budgets and timelines, and evaluate the projects of others. A course in level 1 eLearning design is a program prerequisite. In addition, students must earn either an Associate or higher degree from an accredited institution, or complete at least sixteen hours of general education requirements at Rio Salado to apply to the program. Formal application and admission into the program is required. Required coursework includes three levels of eLearning media, an introduction to eLearning environments, and organizing and evaluating eLearning projects, and an internship.

Rio Salado offers students an online scholarship application. Students must reapply for a scholarship each semester. Priority for these scholarships is given to students already enrolled at the college. The awards are based on financial need and satisfactory academic progress. The maximum award is for six credit hours per semester. In addition to these institutionally-funded scholarships, students attending Rio Salado are eligible to apply for scholarships provided by the Maricopa Community College Fund. The Rio Salado Web site also provides links to many other area scholarships and awards for which students are encouraged to apply.

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