Outlook Magazine - Fall 2021

W-Stout is known for its cutting edge, relevant and industry-backed academic programs. That focus Moving forward in the classroom Academic programs stay current with two new and two updated majors, along with a preprogram U Fashion and retail: The revised program blends two former programs, apparel design and development; and retail merchandising and management. Students can choose from three concentrations in fashion and retail.

continued unabated during the pandemic. Two new academic programs, two updated and renamed programs, and a new preprogram are available to students. “True to our core mission as a polytechnic, we continue to evolve and innovate,” said Interim Provost Glendali Rodriguez. “The pandemic allowed us to broaden our networks with employers, program advisory committees and partners in new ways. Our 97%-plus employment rate continues and reflects the remarkable dedication of our faculty and staff to student success and our partnerships.” Arts administration and entrepreneurship: The new Bachelor of Science blends courses in the arts and management to prepare graduates to lead cultural organizations, such as museums and arts centers, and independent arts-based businesses. Students will be educated to work in a society where the arts are integrated into science, business and the community. The job market in the industry is expected to grow 11% through the decade. M.S. nutrition and dietetics: The new online graduate program, designed for working adults, includes curriculum in nutrition counseling, research, clinical nutrition, food service management and more. Beginning in 2024, the registered dietitian credentialing exam will require a master’s degree.

Graduates will be trained to work in a variety of roles within the fashion and retail sector, which has undergone major changes because of online shopping. Animation and digital media: The former entertainment design program has been renamed to focus on animation, which was a concentration. Demand for animation in big screen films, streaming programs, network TV shows, video games and more has increased 20% in recent years and surged during the pandemic. Pre-BFA: The School of Art and Design has developed a first- year experience to help students create a portfolio and decide if one of the six Bachelor of Fine Arts programs is right for them, or transition to another major. The goal is to make a fine arts degree more equitable to incoming students, regardless of prior art and design background.

Student Marilla Von Haden adjusts clothing in a UW-Stout fashion and retail lab.


Student Joe Leider discusses ideas in the Animation Production class.


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