Upcoming Changes to UW-Stout’s Entertainment Design Major

Mackenzie Peterson-

The University of Wisconsin-Stout will be undergoing some revisions to the entertainment design major. Jenna Derivan, a freshman currently majoring in entertainment design with a concentration in animation, was able to give some insight on what exactly these revisions encompass.    

Currently, UW-Stout’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in entertainment design prepares students for careers in the fields of digital media. The curriculum includes collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects and a comprehensive program that combines art and technology. It also has a foundation in art and design.

The entertainment design program encompasses disciplines related to the entertainment and media industry, particularly, animation, digital cinema, and comics and sequential art, which are the concentrations offered. This program is one of a few art schools in the country offering a degree in comics and sequential art.    

Derivan explained that they plan on removing both the comics and sequential art and digital cinema concentrations from the major. Comics and sequential arts will be merged with the Studio Art major and digital cinema will be dissolved completely. Animation will then become its own individual major instead of being the only concentration option under the entertainment design major.

Derivan said “A lot of people, including myself, are really excited about this change because there will be new classes offered for animation in the future as an outcome.”

There are also some students that aren’t pleased with these future changes. Eli Lee, an undeclared freshman, said that he does not agree with these upcoming changes to the major. He said, “I think that animation, digital cinema, and comics and sequential art should all be equally focused on.”

Lee said that there are many people who prefer digital cinema over animation and vise versa, which is why some students believe Stout should continue to keep both options open for all students. especially those currently in the digital cinema concentration.

Even though these changes won’t affect anyone in the major now, it is still a change that will affect the major in the future.