University of Phoenix-Online Campus
About University of Phoenix-Online Campus
The University of Phoenix is based out of Phoenix, Arizona.Phoenix is the largest and most populous city in the state. The city and its surrounding area is home to a broad range of cultural activities including the performing arts, museums, and events. The Phoenix Symphony Hall is a musical venue which hosts performances from groups such as Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. Another venue is the Orpheum Theatre, home to the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera. Several smaller theaters including Trunk Space, Space 55 and Modified Arts support regular independent musical and theater performances. In addition, Phoenix is home to several well-known museums, including the Heard Museum. Some of the signature exhibits at Heard include a full Navajo hogan, the Mareen Allen Nichols Collection of contemporary jewelry, and the Barry Goldwater Collection of historic Hopi kachina dolls.
The University of Phoenix was originally founded in 1976 by Dr. John Sperling, a Cambridge-educated economist and professor. He recognized a need to make higher education more accessible for working students. His efforts in creating the university have led to the availability of many conveniences to students, including flexible scheduling, continuous enrollment, online classes, ebooks, and computer simulations. Today, University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America, with nearly 200 convenient locations, as well as Internet delivery in most countries around the world. It is also a comprehensive university, offering more than 100 degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in many areas, from business and technology to health care and education. University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the Notice period, The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.
The University of Phoenix has several online programs available for those wishing to study visual and multimedia design including a one-year certificate, a two-year AA degree, and a four-year BS degree. The visual communication certificate program in designed to enable students to use the graphic design and technology tools available today to create visual communications for use in today's businesses. Students develop a portfolio of media to be used in Web sites, advertising, corporate reports, business presentations, instructional materials, animated movies and electronic publications. Required courses for the certificate include computers and information processing, image editing, Web design, electronic publishing, instructional design, and multimedia development.
Those wishing to go further by completing the AA degree in information technology with a visual communication concentration will focus on the business application of design elements including composition, style, and layout. Students study the proper use of color and textures, create and modify graphic images, and even learn to correct and restore photographs within the program's required courses. Students also learn to use Web authoring tools and basic HTML programming to create Web sites. Concentration courses include Internet concepts, image editing and implementation, and Web design.
The BS in information technology program at the university provides students training in core technologies including systems analysis and design, programming, database design, network architecture and administration, Web technologies and application development, implementation and maintenance. The multimedia and visual communication concentration focuses further on the application of design principles in the development of digital media. The program includes 45 credits in the required course of study and 15 credits in the concentration. In addition, students must complete general education and elective requirements prior to graduation. Required courses in the multimedia and visual communication concentration include image editing and implementation, electronic publishing, instructional design, and multimedia development.
The University of Phoenix provides several grant and scholarship programs in conjunction with various business partners, non-profit organizations and campuses. The University of Phoenix Advantage Grant is a need-based grant for students. Information on eligibility is available at local campuses. Available scholarships include the AMVETS Scholarship Program, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship Program, the First ChanceSM Scholarship Program, the Maricopa Community Colleges Scholarship available at the Phoenix campus, the Operation Comfort program for injured veterans of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Paying It ForwardSM Scholarship Program, and the University of Phoenix/Enterprise Scholarship Program. Other scholarships are available through the university's local campuses. Additional information can be found by contacting the campus' financial aid office.