SUNY Canton Adds Graphic and Multimedia Design Degree

Student with cameraSUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree focuses on new and emerging media and the ever-changing methods of communication.

Graphic and Multimedia Design has been approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Students can apply immediately for the four-year program which will begin next fall.

“The goal of this program is to produce work-ready graduates who know how to utilize the newest digital and interactive delivery methods,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline.

The new program will further promote college-wide expansion into fine, performance, and digital arts according to Program Director and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney.

Sweeney and several other humanities instructors have already been offering specific courses for the major, including photography, film, theater, literature, and design classes. “This program is designed for students who want to be creative and who want to maximize their marketability after graduation,” said Sweeney.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that multimedia design careers will grow by approximately 15 to 30 percent by 2012.

The assistant professor pointed out several cutting-edge forms of communication, including podcasts, blogs, and sophisticated content driven websites. “We were barely beginning to have access to this technology ten years ago,” he said. “Twenty years ago, most were unheard of or even undreamed of. Through this program, students will use the current forms of communication and also prepare for the next ground-breaking advances within the digital realm.”

Program instructors also mentioned that the Graphic and Multimedia Design curriculum is designed for those who have an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, web design, video game design and production, and the fine arts. “By integrating many facets of communications careers, we will create well-rounded graduates ready to integrate into tomorrow’s high-tech creative positions,” Sweeney said.

Some of the program specific program courses include:

  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Web Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Documentary Video
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Journalism

Similar to the college’s other four-year programs, the Graphic and Multimedia Design major integrates a senior-level internship within a related field at an established business. Internships have given graduates a leg-up on their post-graduate careers and have often directly led to full time employment. Students can also opt to present their own individual or team multimedia products to launch as a cumulative focus of their studies.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.


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