UNCW To Launch Digital Arts Degree This Year

By Cece Nunn, posted May 25, 2017
A new bachelor’s degree in digital arts will provide students with an artistic avenue into a growing technology-centered workforce, according to a University of North Carolina Wilmington announcement Monday.

The UNC Board of Governors approved the program May 19, and the new degree is expected to launch in fall 2017, the release said. It will be the 55th baccalaureate degree offered at UNCW.

“UNCW continues to expand academic programming to fit both student interests and workforce trends,” said Chancellor Jose Sartarelli in the news release. “This new degree will position students to excel in burgeoning career fields that require professionals with artistic vision and technical savvy to succeed in a knowledge-based economy.”

With the purpose of producing well-rounded and adaptable experts, the bachelor’s program will train students extensively in all facets of digital art through integrated coursework such as calculus, creative writing, information technology, programming and design, according to the release.

Graduates will be prepared for careers as web developers, graphic designers, game artists and mobile developers, among other professional opportunities, the release said.

The UNCW Department of Computer Science and the Department of Art and Art History developed the program together.
“Our new joint major is different than others in the state,” said Laurie Patterson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, in the release. “Over the past couple of years, I have been inundated with students asking about the prospect of a digital arts major. The program has been a long time coming.” 

The university currently offers a minor in digital arts, but the new bachelor’s program will provide increased opportunities for students, including expanded career paths and more specialized experiences, according to to the release.
Ico insights



Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Burrus rob headshot 300x300

Welcome Richard J. Walsh

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington

The Importance of Establishing a Support System for your Educational Journey

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan

Trending News

Cameron Apartment Project Rezoning Request To Come Before Planning Board

Jenny Callison - May 23, 2019

New Tenants Announced For Leland Retail Center

Cece Nunn - May 23, 2019

With More Businesses Opening, South Front District Close To Full Occupancy

Johanna Cano - May 23, 2019

Reprisal Crew Readies For Action In Wilmington

Jenny Callison - May 24, 2019

Local Communications Co-op Offering Wireless Service Again

Johanna Cano - May 24, 2019

In The Current Issue

MADE: Churning Out Profits

All the company’s handcrafted sandwiches are made in Wilmington, starting with homemade cookies and small-batch ice cream....

Creating A Digital Arts Workforce

UNCW launched its digital arts program in fall 2017, hoping to prepare students in all facets of digital art through coursework that include...

Curiosity Sparks Engineer's Career

On a day in Wilmington about four decades ago, elementary school student Ron Sparks asked a pharmacist a question, then watched as the blood...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018