JMU Adding Fees to Select Courses

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- James Madison University is introducing new course fees for select classes in the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD).

Leaders at JMU said the goal is to keep up with the constantly changing technology by allowing students to work on the latest technology and be more prepared once they graduate.

The JMU Public Affairs Office said the costs increase will affect students enrolling in four mid-level SMAD courses. The change would go into effect this fall and the increase will be anywhere from $40 to $60 more per class.

Professors in the program said this will help cover the higher costs of cameras, editing software and other computer programs. Students have mixed feelings on this change. Some said this new technology will make them more competitive in the workforce.

"If I don't experience this here and I go into the field and I'm like 'I don't know what I'm doing,' that's not going to help me. Where as, if I do have the experience with the iPad and at least learning what I need to do, even if its a different system, it will definitely help ease my way into a profession," said Emily Granitzski, a student at JMU

Other students said, if they are on the fence, this could be a deal breaker; however, this isn't the only program with extra course fees. There are other programs at the school with similar fees to bring in the new changing technology. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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