Lake Campus Business Technologies & Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations (LDR) offers a combined degree program leading to a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) in Graphic Design and a Master of Education (MEd) Instructional Design & Learning Technologies (IDL) degrees. The undergraduate BTAS will prepare students for careers as graphic designers in the print, multimedia, and communication fields. The graduate (MEd) will prepare students for careers as instructional designers, educational technologists, or course designers. The program allows nine credit hours of “overlap” courses, where credit is given at both the undergraduate (UG) and graduate (GR) levels, facilitating both BTAS and MEd.
Only exceptionally well-prepared students are admitted to the program. At the end of their junior year, students that wish to pursue a combined BTAS Graphic Design and an M.Ed. Instructional Design & Learning Technologies degree should complete an application that includes the signature of the undergraduate academic advisor and the M.Ed. IDL program director. Students should then submit an application to the Wright State graduate school for the combined degree program. Students admitted to a combined degree program will be admitted as provisional graduate students to the Graduate School, pending completion of the requirements for their bachelor’s degree. Students admitted into an approved combined degree program do not have to formally apply to the master’s program in question. If students have studies in progress at the time they apply to a combined degree program, any approval of the application is provisional and may be revoked if the student fails to meet all required standards at the end of the term. Students enrolled in this combined program must follow the guidelines of the Wright State policy 5330.1 Combined Degree Programs.
In addition to filling out the Wright State graduate application, students must include all academic transcripts. Students will also include a short entrance essay (under 1,000 words) explaining why they wish to become an instructional designer or take the IDL courses and examples describing their educational, multimedia, or other technology experiences. Qualified applicants must have senior standing for the semester they start the combined degree program. In addition, students must have the following:
- 3.2 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State.
- Undergraduate advisor’s approval for admission to the combined degree program and mandatory advising during each semester the student is taking graduate credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
- Approval of the graduate program director.
- Approval of the LDR chair.
Program Learning Outcomes
The BTAS Graphic Design will prepare students for employment as graphic designers in the print, multimedia, and communication fields. Students will gain industry skills for both print and multimedia areas, including branding, promotional and advertising design, color theory, publication and layout, packaging design, technical illustration, design and science photography, video production, photo editing, graphic animation, motion graphics, and front end web design, HTML/CSS, 3D printing and visualization design. In addition, a variety of applied business courses are introduced to students to strengthen their knowledge of the business environment, service marketing, and leadership strategies to use in the communication field.
Graduates of the undergraduate Bachelors of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective written, oral, and digital communication skills
- Apply skills to solve problems and deal with challenging situations in an organizational setting.
- Demonstrate competencies associated with ethics and social responsibility.
Graduates of the master’s degree (MEd) program will be able to:
- Use educational technologies such as a learning management system, web conferencing, video editors, and image editors.
- Implement educational technologies and processes using effective pedagogies, frameworks, and learning theories.
- Facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments.
- Design, develop, implement, and evaluate a technology-rich learning environment within a community of practice.
- Explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve learning performance.
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