HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Your high school seniors may have new options after school. Coastal Carolina University's Department of Visual Arts is working to create two new majors. It would be an expansion of the department's bachelor's degree programs in art and graphic design to provide more opportunities for creative students.
Right now, the department's staff are working to develop a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and in Visual Communication Design. The department chair of visual arts, Professor Easton Selby, said the idea is to create a more rigorous, in-depth program that includes far more than just print and web. The curriculum would have 20 percent more content than the current Bachelor of Arts, exploring areas like interactive design. Selby said there would only be a limited number of students chosen for this program and a portfolio review would be required for the application process.
He said students would have a broader range of opportunities after graduating in fields such as creative design, web design and even animation. Selby says we live in a visual culture now, and there is a demand for creatives in the industry, especially with the growth of our state.
"If you look at how Instagram is used - Snapchat - if you really look at the future of advertising and marketing, and even the arts, like just creatives and everything that we do, we live in a visual culture. And so, the idea is with both of these programs, we're creating something that is more intensive within the arts - broad-based that we're hoping that students are going to be more agile that when they graduate, they can function in a variety of capacities. We know that we're not just creating graphic designers anymore, we're not just creating painters anymore, we're crafting creatives and artists that can function across a variety of platforms," said Selby.
While the board of trustees just approved the new majors earlier this month, they still need state approval from the South Carolina Higher Education Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Selby said if everything goes well, the program would roll out for the fall 2019 semester.
If you're looking to further your education, Coastal Carolina University will launch a new doctorate program in the Spadoni College of Education next year. This new doctorate program is the Interdisciplinary Ph.D in Education, designed to build upon the university's current master's degree program.
Dean of Spadoni College of Education, Dr. Edward Jadallah, said the program will begin the semester of spring 2019. It will offer three specialization areas: education leadership, higher education administration and curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Jadallah said when you deal with education, there are a variety of factors and variables. Therefore, the program will offer multifaceted educational methods and require the application of knowledge from a variety of disciplines.
He said not only will this provide academic benefits, but economic benefits as well. Jadallah said they've conducted several surveys with regional partners and established that this is a need in our area. He noted, their regional partners hire about 75 percent of the department's graduates. Therefore, this doctorate program provides a home-based career pathway for our educators. Jadallah said this program will even allow students to apply their work beyond the classroom.
"Well what I really think it does for our particular region, again I talked about the economics and the academic development, but it also provides us the opportunity to improve what we're doing. It's a P-20 partnership. So not only do you now have individuals working with our professors to examine what works in that particular context. And that's the beauty of teaching and learning is that every school is different. So, when you learn the research and the knowledge that contributes to that particular school district, it's very valuable. They can also then work because they become experts in their specialization as policy makers. They can be experts that go travel to Columbia and help shape the policies that impact what we do in education," said Jadallah.
Dr. Jadallah said within the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see the application available for the spring 2019 semester online through the Spadoni College of Education website.
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