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Hudson Valley Community College to Offer New Digital Media Degree Beginning Fall 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2014
Hudson Valley Community College will offer a new associate in science degree in Digital Media starting this fall.

The two-year degree will prepare students for work in the computerized graphic design and web publishing fields or the ability to directly transfer into related four-year degree programs.

Students in the program will study drawing, photography and design, video art, digital imaging, animation and interactive media. The 61-credit program also will meet many SUNY general education requirements for transfer.

“We have had a significant amount of interest in our one-year certificate program in digital media that began in 2010. Expanding the coursework to a full associate degree will provide our students with another avenue to a career or further study in the field,” said Dorothy Reynolds, Department Chairperson of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications, who will oversee the program. “Courses in this new program may also be attractive electives for students in our Fine Arts, Architectural Technology and Computer Information Systems programs.”

Only two other community colleges in the SUNY system currently offer a similar associate degree – Niagara County Community College and Tompkins Cortland Community College. It is expected that many graduates of the new program will continue their studies in graphic and media design at The Sage Colleges or in SUNY Oneonta’s computer art B.A. program. Both programs have agreed to accept qualified graduates of the new Hudson Valley program.

Applications for the fall semester are being accepted now. For more information about the program, call the Admissions office at (518) 629-7309.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.