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11-09-2010

Clarkson University Program Named Most Innovative in the Country

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The Digital Arts & Sciences major at Clarkson University has been named the most innovative program in North America by the International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa). The organization serves educators, practitioners, scholars, and organizations with interests in digital media.idmma-2010

The 2010 Innovative Program Award was presented last week at the association’s annual conference at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Past winners of the Innovative award include University of Florida, Savannah College of Art & Design, and The University of Georgia. 

Ray L. Steele, senior executive director of iDMAa, presented the award to Clarkson, saying, "This honor comes from a broad base of potential nominees, totaling over 700 digital art and media programs across the country. It is intended to acknowledge the unusual, creative, and outstanding program where innovation is an easily recognized and ever present element of its operation. The judging process involves an experienced group of senior academics and industry individuals, many of whom are the leaders in the field of digital media and arts research."

Dave Beck, director of the Digital Arts & Sciences Program, and Peter Turner, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, accepted the award on behalf of Clarkson.

"It is fitting that our program achieved this honor, as the major was originally conceived by Dean Turner to replicate the cross-disciplinary state of the digital media industry," said Beck. "It also reflects the quality of our students and faculty. Without their support and dedication, this accomplishment would not have been possible. It is our goal to continue as one of the only programs in the country to successfully offer an innovative education that is balanced between the left and right side of the brain."

The major was created at Clarkson five years ago, as the country’s first program to combine equally the digital arts and sciences. The 50 students currently enrolled in the program focus on both the art and science of design, which is unusual in comparison to the core curriculums and missions of other programs in the field.

"Clarkson University is pleased to receive this validation of what we believe has been a very successful new program," said Turner. "Because of the balanced training in sciences and arts and our professional practice course, the program’s alumni have been finding jobs that fit perfectly with their interests and skill-sets. Their employers immediately appreciate our students cross training and extensive experience in collaborative environments."

Clarkson’s program implements a foundation in the digital arts (including areas like 3D modeling and animation, interactive design, graphic and web design, and video) as well as a foundation in the computer science and mathematics areas (such as programming for video games, virtual reality, physics, and imaging-based math courses).

For more information about Digital Arts & Sciences, visit http://www.clarkson.edu/digitalarts.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Digital Arts & Sciences major at Clarkson University has been named the most innovative program in North America by the International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa). The 2010 Innovative Program Award was presented last week at the association’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dave Beck (left), director of the Digital Arts & Sciences Program, and Peter Turner, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, accepted the award on behalf of Clarkson.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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