Empire State University has launched a bachelor’s degree in digital media arts to prepare students for careers in graphic design, content creation, web design, and digital storytelling.
The program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the rapidly evolving world of digital media, officials said.
Students can enroll in the digital media arts program at SUNY Empire beginning spring of 2024.
The program is designed to be flexible, accommodating both full-time and part-time students, as well as transfer students. Employing the “learner as producer” model, students will learn by doing while receiving personalized support and guidance from mentors and faculty with expertise in the field. The duration of the degree program will vary depending on individual course load and prior credits.
The fully online BA or BS in digital media arts features a cutting-edge curriculum offering courses such as media and visual literacy, digital art and design, information design, digital painting and web publishing.
Officials said SUNY Empire’s digital media arts program comes as a result of the rise of digital consumption by the emerging generation of digital natives. According to a study published about digital skills for career progress, the number of jobs requiring digital skills is predicted to increase 12 percent by 2024. This future-focused program prepares students for careers that are in demand now and in the years to come.
Dr. Thomas P. Mackey, professor of arts and media in the School of Arts and Humanities, said, “We are excited about the launch of the innovative BA and BS program in digital media arts at Empire State University. This is a one-of-a-kind program at SUNY that is fully online and prepares students to produce their own digital media art and design projects.
“This is a transfer-friendly program for students interested in advancing their careers in a wide range of fields that involve the sophisticated and collaborative production of digital media in today’s connected world.”
Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities dr. Nicola Allain, said the school “is thrilled to offer these new bachelor’s degrees in digital media arts under the leadership of Tom Mackey. These build upon the strengths in the arts and media department and provides cutting-edge skills and knowledge in high-demand fields. Students will leave the program ready to navigate the challenges of changing technologies and evolving employment expectations.”
For more information about applying, visit www.sunyempire.edu/admissions/associate-bachelors.
Founded in 1971, Empire State University empowers learners from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. SUNY Empire’s 97,000 alumni are teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their communities and their fields. Visit www.sunyempire.edu for more information.