RDC announces new four-year applied degree in School of Creative Arts

Date posted: 
Wed, 05/09/2018
RDC announces new applied degree

Red Deer College leaders, faculty, staff and guests joined Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, for an important announcement today, as the College has been given approval to launch a new four-year degree, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects, starting in September 2018.

“We want to ensure that Albertans all across the province have access to a high-quality education that helps them get careers in dynamic, engaging fields,” says Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education. “By focusing its first applied degree program in the emerging field of animation and visual effects, Red Deer College has shown that it’s ready to provide students with exciting, creative jobs in a diverse economy.”

RDC President & CEO Joel Ward shared the impact that this announcement will have on the College and its learners. “This is a historic day for our College, as this is the first four-year degree that we fully offer at RDC, and it’s a tremendous step in our journey to becoming a university,” he says. “Students will stay at RDC to complete all four years of this degree, which fills a gap in current programming across the province and provides them with innovative and applied learning that will allow them to excel in their future careers.”

The new degree was developed over several years, with input and collaboration from professionals across the nation. “Throughout the planning stages, it was very important for us learn what other post-secondary institutions were offering and to develop a program that would achieve the right mix of creativity and technology, as well as theory and applied learning to ensure students receive a well-rounded education,” says Jason Frizzell, Dean of RDC’s School of Creative Arts. “This degree achieves everything we were hoping for, and it is a wonderful complement to the future of our School.”

As part of the future planning for the School of Creative Arts, RDC has also submitted a proposal to offer a four-year degree in Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment. RDC representatives are currently working with the Government of Alberta and Campus Alberta Quality Council through the approval process, and the College looks forward to sharing updates, as they are able.

While this is taking place, Frizzell and the RDC team are establishing a solid foundation for the School of Creative Arts to transform and grow. “In support of our new direction and in anticipation of future growth, we’ve expanded the number of Visual Arts courses offered,” he says. “In addition, two new Visual Arts courses have been developed, focusing on Contemporary 2D Strategies and Technologies, and these courses will be offered starting in 2019.”

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