WCJC adds Digital Media Degree
Beginning this fall Wharton County Junior College is offering a new degree: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science-Digital Media. The two-year degree is designed to prepare students to work in industries that provide graphic arts, printing, publishing and electronic imaging services and to continue their education at a four-year university.
The digital media program gives students the opportunity to become proficient in using Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe Muse® software programs. Students will have the option to specialize in technical services or web design. Students will also gain PC troubleshooting skills as business owners have indicated this is a skill they would like employees to possess.
The Texas Workforce Commission reports that entry-level graphic designers can expect to earn $27,784 while an experienced worker can expect to earn $52,968. Employment in this occupation is expected to grow by 13 percent in the 10-year period ending 2020 according to the U.S. government.
Upon completion of WCJC’s new AAS degree in digital media, which is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, WCJC program graduates are eligible to transfer to the University of Houston to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media.
Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science-Digital Media will be offered primarily at the Sugar Land campus. When specialized equipment is needed, the courses will be taught at the Richmond campus. To learn more about the new AAS degree, contact Donna Schilling, computer science department head, at 979.532.6401.
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