New design program offered at SLCC in fall

South Louisiana Community College plans to offer a new associate’s degree program in digital media design in the fall to replace its technical graphic design program, college officials announced Tuesday.

Students in the graphic design program will have the option to transfer into the new associate’s degree program or complete the technical diploma option.

The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved the SLCC program and the college is awaiting final approval from its accrediting agency.

The graphics program was revamped to align with the region’s workforce demand, said Micheal Glisson, SLCC’s vice chancellor for academic affairs in a news release.

“We are continually evaluating our program offerings to be sure they align with workforce needs in our communities. Employers are looking for qualified candidates in digital media who not only understand technical aspects, but also know how to prepare projects and develop content. This revamped program will offer all of this,” Glisson said.

The program will provide students technical skills in digital media, including courses in print and web design and digital video production. The program will offer two tracks of study: an associate of applied science and a technical diploma track. Four certificate options also will be offered in: digital printer designer, web design, digital video editor for 3-D art and 3-D artist.

The college developed the program with input from local digital media companies.

In the spring semester, college officials modified several programs to shorten training periods and more quickly connect workers to jobs.

This fall, the college launches other new degree programs in nursing, software development and business fields.