College to offer digital media studies degree

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College plans to offer an associate degree program in digital media design starting in the fall to replace its technical graphic design program.

Students in the graphic design program can transfer into the associate degree program or complete the technical diploma option, The Advocated reported (http://bit.ly/1knFKnq ).

The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved the program and the college is awaiting final approval from its accrediting agency.

The graphics program was revamped to align with the regional workforce demands, said Micheal Glisson, the college's vice chancellor for academic.

"We are continually evaluating our program offerings to be sure they align with workforce needs in our communities. Employers are looking for qualified candidates in digital media who not only understand technical aspects, but also know how to prepare projects and develop content. This revamped program will offer all of this," Glisson said.

The program will teach technical skills in digital media, including courses in print and web design and digital video production.

It will include two tracks of study: an associate of applied science and a technical diploma track. Four certificate options also will be offered in digital printer design, web design, digital video editing for 3-D art and a 3-D artist certificate.

The college developed the program with input from local digital media companies.

This fall, the college launches other new degree programs in nursing, software development and in business fields.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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