EPHRAIM — Students at Snow College will have their first four-year program to choose from this fall, after a unanimous decision by the State Board of Regents Friday.

The Regents approved a bachelor's degree in commercial music at Snow College in its bimonthly meeting held in Ephraim. The Board also approved a new four-year degree in art at Dixie State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering at Utah Valley University.

The approval of the commercial music program came after a 15-member advisory board consisting of world-class musicians and educators from across the country developed the course of study.

“It is really a cutting-edge proposal in that it encompasses entrepreneurship,” said Laurie Carter, vice president of the Juilliard School in New York. She served on the advisory group and has been part of a collaboration effort with Snow College for the past eight years. She said the program is unique in that it is not solely focused on music.

Music Department Chairman Steve Meredith said that despite the late addition of the program, the school will have students in the fall.

“We expect to have students starting in the fall as juniors,” Meredith said. “We have a lot of work to do but are very excited for the path.”

The program will have three areas of focus, including music performance, music production and songwriting/composition. All three will begin in the fall. It is expected that Snow College students and transfer students will participate in the program.

The new art program at Dixie, offered as both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, will feature a number of emphases designed to prepare students to seek opportunities in art and design, and will also promote the development of transferable skills that can be applied in other settings, including K-12 education.

“It has been so hard to see talented young artists study here for two years and want desperately to stay at Dixie, but can't because we have not had a degree,” said Del Parson, a professor in the art department. “This really is all about the students — they are the real winners with this approval. Now they can stay and get their art degree at Dixie State. This is very exciting.”

The computer engineering program at UVU will provide students with academic and technical foundations for careers in computer system development, from design to implementation and including hardware and software.

“We now have a full hand when it comes to offering baccalaureate-level programs in all the major content areas in the computer science field, which is important for students and employers alike,” said Ernest Carey, dean of UVU's College of Technology & Computing.

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