Lawrence Technological University in Southfield will become the new home of the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.
Specs Howard’s name will be retained, according to a statement posted on the Specs Howard website.
Specs Howard, also based in Southfield, has been offering courses in radio and television broadcasting, graphic design and digital media arts since 1970 and has graduated over 15,000 alumni.
Lawrence Tech has had a relationship with Specs Howard since 2004, when an agreement allowed Specs Howard students to transfer various courses to LTU’s certificate and diploma programs in Media Communication.
Some Specs teachers should be hired as assistants at LTU to help students complete their courses. Students can use some of their Specs degree credits at LTU to pursue associate’s or bachelor’s degree studies in media, technology and design, according to a statement from LTU.
The new relationship is scheduled to begin on June 1, with current Specs Howard students completing their current program. In fall 2021, new degree-specific courses for LTU Specs students will begin. Current and new LTU Specs students will take their courses at LTU’s 107-acre campus in Southfield.
Tuition fees for Specs Howard students will drop significantly, according to the statement posted on the Specs website.
Lawrence Tech will host in-person and virtual events over the summer to provide details and answer questions from Specs students, the statement said.
Lawrence Tech has added several university buildings and two new residential buildings to the campus in recent years and has enough studios, computer spaces and related spaces to accommodate current Specs Howard students and recruit future LTU Specs students.