East Tennessee State University and Walters State Community College announced a new articulation agreement between the digital media programs of the two schools, allowing students to advance directly to the ETSU undergraduate program as a junior after have obtained their associate degree from Walters State.
The programs of both institutions will focus on animation, game design and visual effects. Marty Fitzgerald, professor and chair of the digital media department at ETSU, said in a press release that the university is happy to partner with Walters State and bring this type of education to more areas of the state.
Walters State President Dr Tony Miksa said in the statement the idea came after students in Walters State applied for an associate’s degree that directly fed into the program of the ETSU.
“We have partnered with ETSU on many successful programs and this collaboration was created in the best interest of students in eastern Tennessee,” Miksa said in a statement. “ETSU officials have worked closely with us to establish this program and ensure that our students leave Walters State ready for the next step.”
The Walters State curriculum will include courses in the Principles of Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Principles of Game Design, Principles of Digital Animation, and Principles of Visualization, with the remaining courses being made up of instructional courses. general required by most majors.
Students seeking a graduate program have the opportunity to enter ETSU’s new Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media program, which will launch in the fall semester.
Digital media graduate students often work as animators, visual effects artists, game designers, editors, and other fields. ETSU President Dr Brian Noland said ETSU students have continued to work on projects such as “Halo” and “World of Warcraft” video games, as well as blockbuster movies. and TV shows like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Walking Dead.”
Claiming that the program allows Walters State students to “seamlessly transfer” to ETSU, Noland said these students can enter college directly, “taking advantage of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship to help reduce the cost of university attendance ”.