UConn raises student fees next year and approves new major for Stamford Campus

STORRS — The University of Connecticut on Wednesday agreed to raise student fees by $116 for the 2013-14 academic year, on top of a previously approved 5.5 percent tuition increase.

Students will now pay $2,766 in fees. When added to tuition, room and board, the annual tab for in-state students who live on campus next year will be $23,410.

Among the fee increases are a $6 boost in the fee for the Daily Campus  to $20. Last year, student editors at the paper worried the paper would run out of money if the fee was not increased.

The trustees also finalized plans to offer  two new undergraduate degrees in digital media and design.

Both majors will be offered starting this fall  at the Storrs and Stamford campuses. The initiative is jointly sponsored by the schools of fine arts, business and engineering.

According to university officials, about 135 students already have been studying digital media and design this year through the newly launched Department of Digital Media & Design.

The field involves the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business to present information in visually compelling and innovative ways, officials said.

“The program’s strong curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and research initiatives will establish UConn as a state and national leader in this evolving industry,” said Tim Hunter, director of the new Department of Digital Media & Design.

There are plans to eventually offer master’s degrees in arts and fine arts, along with four-course post-baccalaureate certificates.

A short video on UConn’s work in digital media and design is on YouTube (www.youtube.com/uconn) at http://youtu.be/OeyedBopnyU

Linda Lambeck