February 19, 2003


UNB Press Release

Students with an interest in multimedia may be excited to learn that the faculty of arts at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton has a program in Multimedia Studies.

Designed to prepare students to work and live in a world of technological change, the program is so current, that the curriculum is continuously evolving.

“This provides students with the opportunity to create a unique and intellectually exciting program of study,” explains John Rowcroft, dean of arts. “Everything in the field of multimedia is changing so quickly, we are constantly incorporating those changes into the degree. I think this is one of its selling points.”

The degree has captured the attention of students and employers. “People from all over the country have heard about it and want to attend,” says Dr. Rowcroft. “Employers look very favourably on students from this program, because it offers the right mix of skills and creativity.”

After extensive program development, the faculty of arts believes its degree in Multimedia Studies is unlike anything else being offered. “The unique part of this degree is its emphasis on three different aspects of multimedia studies – technical expertise, creativity, and critical analysis of the social and cultural implications of media,” says Dr. Rowcroft.

Other arts courses such as film analysis, historical and sociological interpretations of technology and psychology courses dealing with perception and persuasion are combined with media courses in production, language, culture and literacy. Courses in media are carefully integrated with the faculty’s standard degree requirements. Along with classroom learning, students in media courses spend a good deal of time in workshops, developing hands on expertise and applying creative concepts.

“Students must develop the technical skills in order to be able to think critically about how multimedia works,” says Dr. Rowcroft. “Society needs multimedia graduates who have creative and design skills combined with the intellectual background to think critically about the future roles of multimedia.”

Anyone interested in information about the program can contact the faculty of arts by e-mail at arts@unb.ca or by phone at (506) 453-4655.


Centennial College Press Release

TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ – Addressing a skills shortage in computer networking, Centennial College has become the first college or university in Ontario to offer an applied degree in networking. The new Computer and Communications Networking program is designed to produce graduates who are “bilingual” – competent in both the technology and the business applications that rely on networks.

The four-year program is among the first applied-degree offerings approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a landmark move permitting community colleges to provide applied degrees in academic areas not presently addressed by universities. Despite a perception that the “dot-bomb” has wiped out jobs, Statistics Canada identifies computer-infrastructure employment as a high-growth field. And employers are keen to gain access to applied-degree graduates.

“We believe that this program serves to graduate exactly what Canada is looking for,” says John Cameron, President, Avaya Canada Corp. “We are impressed with the value of the program, the core professional networking courses and those that are related, the attention paid to enabling technologies such as wireless and broadband, and the importance placed upon network security policy development and implementation.”

Read More: http://www.newswire.ca/releases/March2002/27/c5168.html

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