KPC awarded first digital art degree in University of Alaska system

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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved Kenai Peninsula College’s proposed associate of applied science degree program in digital art at its meeting Feb. 16 in Juneau.

The two-year degree program will be the only one like it in the state and began enrolling students this semester.

“KPC’s art faculty and staff who have put time and effort toward the realization of this new digital art degree are pleased with the good news that the program has been approved through the University of Alaska curriculum process,” said Jayne Jones, a photography instructor, who championed the proposal.

Work on the program began two years ago with a number of courses being written and investigation of similar programs being offered in the Lower 48. The approval process involved: Proposing the degree and the new courses to the KPC academ- ic review committee, through the UAA undergraduate academic board, the UAA faculty senate, UA Statewide Academic Council and to UA President Mark Hamilton and the board of regents.

“Pushing a new degree through the academic process is an arduous, patience-trying, yet rewarding effort,”said Gary Turner, KPC director. “Jones and Celia Anderson, art department chair, put in thousands of hours in bringing this degree to reality. We’re all excited that this program will be the only one of its kind in Alaska.”

Jones will turn her attention toward the implementation of the courses designed to enhance the ability of Alaskans to take advantage of the opportunities for advancement in the digital field. Jones said it is important that students realize they can enter the digital world with either a film or digital camera. “Students in film photography classes transition from the traditional, wet darkroom into the digital darkroom in the intermediate course. The class dynamics in the advanced photography and digital art courses will include a mix of students with film or digital cameras,” said Jones. “The world of photography and art is rapidly changing and the school and the University of Alaska has just positioned itself to take a leading role in those changes. I am thrilled to be a part of this progress.”

“The most exciting thing about this two-year degree is the different directions students can go with it. It can be an end in itself or transfer into a four-year degree in digital graphics and design or in photography,” said Anderson.

Jones said she welcomes the opportunity to speak to organizations wanting to know more about the program. For more information, call 262-0374 or e-mail her at

In-state tuition offered for summer session

Although the course offerings are still being finalized the administration has announced that in-state tuition rates will be offered to everyone who wants to attend classes this summer.

It is anticipated that the summer session will be staggered into two sessions or classes will be organized by combining the sessions.

The first session will be May 30 through June 30 and the second session from July 10 to Aug. 11. Classes will be taught Monday through Thursday. Instructors will have latitude in deciding when classes will meet.

A list of courses for the summer session will be posted on the school’s Web site as soon as it is available.

The Kenai Fishing Academy will hold four “educated angler” programs, two hard tackle sessions, June 11 through 16 or June 25 through 30 and two fly fishing sessions, July 9 through 14 or Aug. 6 through 11. The sessions are not offered for college credit. For more information about KFA, visit or call 262-0310.

For more information about summer programs, call student services at 262-0330 or e-mail .

ASLA contingent traveling to Italy

At KRC, the countdown to Italy has nothing to do with the Olympics and everything to do with art. Eight students from the Art Student League Association, a student club, will travel to Italy on Thursday for an eight-day tour of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi and Pompey. The students are covering their own expenses for the travel.

“We have gotten a great deal of advice on what to see and how to see it from our art professors, Celia Anderson, Jayne Jones,and from Clayton Brockel,” said Todd Marshall-Closson, a digital art major and ASLA member. “It has really helped in planning for the trip.”

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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