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Penn State Will Teach Design Online in New Bachelor’s Degree

Michael Collins in his studio

Penn State will offer art and photography studio classes online for the first time as part of the new bachelor of design in digital multimedia design.

The University is currently accepting applications for the new degree, which is being offered entirely online and combines coursework in the visual arts, information technology and communications. Students will be able to work together online through open-source software technology, and they will apply their learning to create projects and applications using the latest multimedia design tools and programming languages.

“This is an exciting time to be a designer,” said Michael Collins, assistant professor of art and lead faculty member of the new degree program. “Employers recognize more and more that design is fundamentally important for success and providing value to their customers. But design isn’t only valuable for companies. Students will apply design, technology, and communication skills to become agents of change for a wide range of critical issues.”

The degree is being offered exclusively to students online through Penn State World Campus, the University’s highly ranked online campus. Courses will be taught by faculty from three academic colleges at Penn State: the Penn State School of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture; the College of Communications; and the College of Information Science and Technology.

“Design is typically taught face to face,” Collins said. “The type of collaboration you have between design students usually necessitates that you’re in the same room. We have developed an online studio that is meant to mimic a studio environment.”

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