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Stritch and WCTC finalize credit transfer agreement in digital media

March 26, 2014

A new credit transfer agreement between Cardinal Stritch University and Waukesha County Technical College will allow WCTC graduates the ability to continue their studies in Stritch’s innovative new bachelor of arts in digital media program.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from WCTC as of May 2014 may transfer up to 69 credits toward a B.A. in Digital Media at Cardinal Stritch University. WCTC courses, including common general education offerings, can apply to the B.A. degree.

This articulation agreement establishes a cooperative relationship between Stritch and WCTC that will assist both schools in better serving the educational needs of transfer students.

Stritch’s College of Arts and Sciences launched the B.A. in Digital Media degree program last fall. The new major prepares students for careers in the ever-evolving fields of media and digital arts, including social media, website design and print design.

The program was developed when the University saw an opportunity for the department to address the changing needs of social, digital and interactive media while maintaining a strong focus on design and visual arts. Through the integration of studio art, graphic design, communication arts, and computer science, the program emphasizes the creative process and technical skills required to succeed in a media-centric profession.

The program encourages students to connect with other academic programs. All students who major in digital media are required to choose a minor in a different field of study. Options include communication arts, business, computer science, and photography.

“The digital media program prepares students for successful careers in a variety of emerging fields,” said Dr. Dan Scholz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are thrilled that this new relationship with Waukesha County Technical College will allow its graduates the ability to further hone and develop their skills in our new bachelor’s program.”

“Our students are showing increasing interest in transfer opportunities to four-year universities so they can continue their education and climb their career ladder,” said Denine Rood, WCTC vice president of Learning. “We’re committed to providing them with seamless credit transfer to premier partner institutions like Stritch.”

For more information about the program, visit www.stritch.edu/academics.

About Stritch | Cardinal Stritch University, a fully accredited Catholic institution based in Milwaukee, provides transformative, value-centered education to more than 4,400 men and women of all faiths and ages in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Leadership, Business and Management, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate and other training programs. Founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Stritch is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America, with classroom sites across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.

About Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 130 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu.

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