Digital design students gain new competitive advantage


The School of Professional Advancement’s new digital design labs are located on the Elmwood campus of Tulane University. (Photo by SoPA)

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) has opened three new digital design labs on the Elmwood campus, offering cutting-edge technology in the art of gaming, animation, and other interactive designs. Amanda Garcia, Director of the Digital Design Program, designed the labs as spaces where students collaborate and develop a technology base for innovative technology design careers.

SoPA worked with local industry leaders to identify key growth industries over the next five years and linked these findings to the specific technology needs of students pursuing these fields. The technology, particularly that of digital design, has been identified to align with workforce needs in the greater New Orleans area – an effort applauded by Grady Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of business development at Greater New Orleans Inc.

“Looking ahead, Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement has a finger on the pulse of what our New Orleans businesses need to continue to grow and prosper economically,” said Fitzpatrick.

Unlike any program in Louisiana, Tulane’s digital design program has three streams: Game Art & Animation, Graphic Design, and Interactive Design.

“It is important that our school continues to evolve as the job market changes, so that we can provide SoPA students with the education they need to be competitive in the job market,” said Suri Duitch , dean and vice-president of academic innovation at SoPA. “New digital design labs give our students a competitive edge in the electronic age. “


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