West Liberty State College
About West Liberty State College
West Liberty State College is located in West Liberty, West Virginia. The town is found in the northern panhandle of the state, just a half hour from the city Wheeling, West Virginia. Wheeling is the home of an old-style theater known as the Capitol Music Hall. It has been the music venue of the area, originally opening in 1928 and serving as host to radio programs, popular arts, and musical performances of all types. It was also the performance hall of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Wheeling is home to numerous festivals, concerts, movie nights, celebrations, and a regatta. Located within an hour's drive from West Liberty, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is home to many attractions, including the United States' most comprehensive single-artist museum. Pittsburgh is also the home of the country's National Aviary. Another major attraction is Lord Venkateswara temple, one of the biggest Hindu temples in the country.
West Liberty is a four-year public coeducational college. It was established in 1837 as West Liberty Academy, a private school. It became a state institution in 1870, the West Liberty State Normal School. It was renamed West Liberty State Teachers College in 1931. Its mission grew to encompass more than teacher education, and the final name change came in 1943. It was approved to become a university by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in 2008, and now offers a variety of degrees. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers students small classes, individualized attention, a predominately full-time faculty and a beautiful and safe campus.
The department of arts and communication at WLSC offers four-year BS degree programs in graphic design and digital media design. The graphic design focus requires courses in drawing, design, computer graphics, graphic design history, art appreciation, digital imaging, graphic design, photography, typography, digital illustration, Web design, illustration, three-dimensional graphic design, a senior project, and a senior comprehensive exhibition. Available electives within the program include watercolor painting, ceramics, oil painting, printmaking, silk screen production, sculpture, photography, animation, interface design. The digital media design program is an interdisciplinary concentration combining art and digital media. It provides students with skills in communication, presentation, writing and technology through lectures, workshops, tutorials, and project work. Opportunities for independent learning and internships are also available. Core courses include digital media design, a sophomore portfolio review, radio production, television field production, non-linear editing, computer applications, E-commerce, design, computer graphics, digital illustration, photography, typography, Web design, digital imaging, animation for the Web, and a senior project.
Scholarships at WLSC are awarded on the basis of academic competence and/or special abilities. Scholarships are awarded by the financial aid office to incoming freshmen on the basis of national test scores and high school grade point averages. Limited scholarships are awarded to transfer students based on college grade point averages. Additionally, some scholarships are awarded by various departments of the college on the basis of students' majors or special abilities. More detailed information is available to students through the WLSC financial aid office.