The presidents of Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University today announced an articulation agreement between each college’s digital media programs. This agreement allows students to progress from Walters State’s new digital media major directly to its undergraduate counterpart at ETSU with an advanced level.
Students who wish to pursue graduate studies have the option of obtaining the new MFA Diploma in Digital Media from ETSU.
âDigital media skills are in demand both locally and nationally, and our students want to meet that demand. This degree came about after students applied for an associate’s program that would lead to the ETSU’s digital media program, âsaid Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.
âWe have partnered with ETSU on many successful programs and this collaboration was created in the best interest of students in East Tennessee. 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 and ETSU digital media programs will focus on animation, game design and visual effects.
“This partnership brings animation, game design, visual effects and visualization education to more areas of Tennessee,” said Marty Fitzgerald, professor and chair of the digital media department at the College of Business and Technology. of ETSU. âWe are happy to partner with Walters. State to develop the course.
The following courses will constitute the Digital Media Major at Walters State: Principles of Visual Effects and Motion Graphics; game design principles; principles of digital animation; and the principles of visualization. The remaining classes are general education courses required by most majors.
ETSU offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in the same four fields.
Students who earn a digital media degree often work as animators, visual effects artists, level designers, environmental artists, modelers, game designers, editors, composers, and many other fields including public relations, marketing and business.