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LSU Shreveport offers new degree program in Digital Arts

May 16, 2013

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is proud to announce the Department of Arts and Media will be offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Arts.  Students interested in the degree can enroll in classes beginning in the Fall 2013 semester. 

The 120 credit hour program is designed to build on the success of two existing concentrations currently offered by LSU Shreveport:  Animation/Visual Effects and Graphic Design.  Both of these areas of digital media have experienced tremendous growth over the last five years.  The BFA degree in Digital Arts will focus on the aspects of digital media and will be structured to respond quickly to the rapidly changing industry standards in the field. 

Demand for a more tightly focused digital arts curriculum is strong and the number of major digital projects in Louisiana has increased rapidly.  Existing studios in the Shreveport-Bossier region and other areas of the state have established a national and international footprint and continue to have ongoing projects which demand in-state labor.  Design firms that are major players in the field of graphic design in this area, such as Gorilla Design Studio and Gremmillion & Pou Intergrated Marketing, have frequently hired LSU Shreveport graduates.  These firms continue to mark their place in the graphic design world and have been winners of numerous ADDY awards.  There has also been growth and development in the video and film industry, and Moonbot Studios, another local employer of our students, recently received an Academy Award for Short Animated film. 

LSU Shreveport believes this degree will create a high value, economically incentivized digital media workforce in Northwest Louisiana.  "We are excited to be able to provide this program for the Shreveport-Bossier Community.  You cannot earn a BFA in Digital Arts anywhere else in the state.  We have outstanding faculty in the areas of Graphic Design, Animation and Visual Effects.  They bring industry experience that will help prepare students for the emerging digital technologies that have shaped the 21st century job market," said John S. Vassar, Interim Provost, and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU Shreveport. 

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 26 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit www.lsus.edu.

 

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