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IU Board of Trustees approves two new degree programs, IUPUI Campus Master Plan

The IU Board of Trustees approved two undergraduate degree programs on two campuses and updates to the 2012 IU-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Master Plan , IU announced in a press release Feb. 14.

The degrees are a Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinematic arts for IU-Bloomington and a Bachelor of Science in art education for IU-Southeast. 

The 120-credit-hour cinematic arts degree will include media core classes, courses in theory, industry and production and a thesis, according to the release. This degree is intended for students looking to find careers in the film and production industry.

The board also approved a bachelor’s degree in art education for IU-Southeast. According to the release, this will be the first and only undergraduate art education degree in the southeast Indiana region. 

This degree is designed to prepare students for careers as art educators for preschool through high school. 

The board also approved an update to the 2012 IUPUI Campus Master Plan. 

The updates include repositioning the IU Health School of Medicine and Research in Indianapolis to 16th Street and Senate Avenue, sites for future increases in medical research and interdisciplinary studies and sites for additional student housing, according to an IU press release. 

According to a tweet from IU, the master plan is meant to connect campus neighborhoods, engage the city of Indianapolis, animate the campus, redefine the public realm and integrate the Academic Health Campus. 

The master plan also includes a commitment to more environmentally-friendly energy solutions. Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Thomas Morrison said at the meeting IU has been committed to LEED certificates as part of the plan, a green building certification program that means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for April 9 and 10 at IU-South Bend. 

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