WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State University is offering a new degree for aspiring filmmakers, videogame designers and sound engineers.
The Kansas Board of Regents last week approved the bachelor of applied arts in media arts degree, The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2sscHaQ ) reports. To make the degree possible, the college will take over production studios that were part of a media arts program overseen by Bethany College. The facility, called Mindfire Academy, will be renamed Shocker Studio.
Starting this fall, Wichita State students will take classes there and at the main campus. The program will merge arts, science and technology. Students can specialize in one of the university’s technical and creative tracks: animation, audio production, game design or filmmaking.
Meanwhile, Bethany College at MindFire will relocate to its main campus in Lindsborg with new labs and facilities.
“A lot of times, programs of this nature are coast-specific, and a lot of times, it’s because the industry happens on those coasts,” said Justin Rorabaugh, Wichita State’s director of educational outreach in fine arts. “There’s not a lot of these types of programs in the Midwest.”
Rorabaugh said Wichita State found a distinct need for this type of arts degree, and students have been asking for it for several years.
“One of the more unique features is it is in applied arts,” Rorabaugh said. “It has a vocational track to it, so it’s really designed to be a hands-on degree in these fields.”
The classes will be taught by current Wichita State faculty, along with new adjunct instructors who are industry professionals. The degree will include 30 hours of general education, 21 hours of media arts core courses, 54 hours of discipline-specific courses and 15 hours of guided electives.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com
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