By: Stephanie Reitz
The University of Connecticut has finalized plans to offer two new undergraduate degrees in digital media and design, a cross-disciplinary program intended to give students a competitive edge for career success in that rapidly growing job market.
The majors, approved Wednesday by the UConn Board of Trustees, will be offered starting in the fall semester at the Storrs and Stamford campuses. They are jointly sponsored by the schools of fine arts, business, and engineering.
About 135 students already have been studying digital media and design this year through the newly launched Department of Digital Media & Design, which will offer the degrees as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The field involves the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology, and business to present information in visually compelling and innovative ways. It constitutes a set of skills and tools that are increasingly in demand in the corporate world, entertainment industry, science and technology realms, mass media, and numerous other fields.
It’s also an area in which many Connecticut businesses are investing resources and seeking to recruit talented workers, so UConn’s work to provide highly trained graduates for those jobs will both benefit the students and support the state’s economic development efforts.
“The program’s strong curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and research initiatives will establish UConn as a state and national leader in this evolving industry,” says Tim Hunter, director of the new Department of Digital Media & Design.