East Tennessee State University
About East Tennessee State University
Two centuries ago Johnson City was established as a train depot. Today it is a metropolitan melting pot with invigorating music, enchanting culture, and exhilarating mountain adventure. Johnson City is also home to East Tennessee State University. The city's art community offers two fine art galleries, a potter's and arts and crafts gallery, and the Quilt Trail, which features the historic and creative aspect of American quilts and textiles. The area contains a plethora of shopping options, from malls, specialty shops, elegant boutiques, and antiques. Dining options are plentiful and diverse, ranging from popular chain restaurants, fine and casual dining, and the convenience of fast food.
Founded in 1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School,the university began awarding bachelor's degrees in 1926. In 2001 the university opened the 13,000 square foot Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center for computer graphics, product design, and animation. The university established the first research foundation for any school in Tennessee.
East Tennessee State University¡¦s Department of Technology and Geomatics offers the BS and MS in digital design. The programs lead students through problem, project, and process-based learning experiences that train students to define, design, and develop digital media content, computer graphics, and interactive media. The undergraduate and graduate programs train students to realize interdisciplinary initiatives and prepares them for the challenges in 3-D visualization, animation, interactive design, web media, product design, communication design, and digital video.
The university offers the BS in animation design, which trains for strong skills in one of several specialty areas of animation, such as character animation and special effects animation.
The BS in multimedia design gives students the background necessary to design and develop in any media/software with an emphasis on usability, interactive design, problem solving, animation and interactive programming. In addition, students are provided the background necessary to create dimensional digital models that solve visual problems and provide solutions for both the physical and virtual worlds.
Students have access to academic, career, and personal counseling at no charge. Federal, state, and University financial aid is available to students who apply and qualify. A number of state, University, and outside-sourced scholarships are also available on a needs or merit basis. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the financial aid office for more information and to apply for aid early.
East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.