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Degree in Web and Interactive Media to Be Available in Fall 2011

Beginning this fall, a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media an innovative melding of information technology and the visual arts will be available at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The new major, to be offered within the college’s School of Business and Computer Technologies, will integrate overlapping areas of the broad range of interactive media: animation, e-commerce, website development, audio and video production all with an artistic designer’s eye toward a variety of interactive platforms, from tablet PCs to cellphones, from multimedia kiosks to “enhanced TV” programming.

The explosion of the Internet most recently through the phenomenal growth of social-networking sites bodes well for careers within that catch-all category, as students will be exposed to the skills needed to create interactive, user-defined products and services in a rapidly evolving field.

The new major will be taught by Pat Coulter and Denise S. Leete, associate professors of computer science; and John J. Messer, assistant professor of computer science and computer information course coordinator. It is the second consecutive year for a responsive major in an industry that is extremely fluid; during the Fall 2010 semester, the school added an online degree in web design and multimedia.

Because the degree is interdisciplinary, faculty from web design, graphic design, mass communications and graphic communications all within the college’s School of Integrated Studies will collaborate to offer classes.

Career options for the new degree range from design and production of media components to interactive web programming, with a number of specialty niches that combine visual design with technical proficiency.

For more information about the web and interactive media degree, visit on the Web or call 570-327-4517.

For more about Penn College, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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