Students wishing to pursue studies in the digital arts & design have numerous options for career paths available to them. The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts & Design program is geared to prepare students for successful careers in design, whether that be in print, web or multimedia. The first and foremost responsibility of the program is to pass on the knowledge, as well as nurture the technical and creative skills, that are required for graduates to secure jobs as designers. Courses cover a range of areas including desktop publishing, vector-based illustration, digital imaging, web design, and interactive multimedia, as well as 3D animation and desktop video. Students begin by learning the fundamentals of art history, drawing and illustration and then apply these long-established principles to the evolving world of graphic design. With an established plan of study that allows students to explore a range of design software and media, students are also introduced to the different paths they can pursue within the design field. Some of our students go into advertising, others to interactive web design or publishing. As students move through the program they begin to develop interests that determine which area of design they will pursue. The program includes a mandatory internship course that requires students to complete a graphic design internship before they graduate. This internship program helps to demystify the work experience and gives students an understanding of what it is like to actually work in an art department. Students in the B.F.A. in Digital Arts and Design Program have interned and gone on to work at such companies as SONY, NBC, Esquire Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Time Warner and Hearst Publications. In their senior year students are required to create both traditional and interactive portfolios of their work, as well participate in a Senior Thesis Exhibition.
Class sizes are small and students get to work in a fully networked, state of the art computer lab which is equipped with over eighty Macintosh workstations, large format color printers, and scanners. Our faculty is comprised of working professionals who practice what they preach in the classroom and continue to work outside of class as print and web designers, multimedia artists and authors.
Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above. Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students wishing to transfer into the digital art and design program must submit a portfolio containing both fine art and design-related material. A personal interview is held with the director of the digital arts and design program to evaluate the artistic skills of the applicant and to help with the transfer credit evaluation. More information on portfolio reviews may be found on the Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days website at www.liu.edu/cwpost/art or by calling the Department of Art at 516-299-2464. To apply for departmental scholarships, see the Department of Art Scholarships on the Department of Art homepage at www.liu.edu/post/art.
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as
3 - 4 credits
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.
Digital Arts and Design Major Requirements
Required Digital Arts & Design Courses
Studio Foundation I
Digital Art Freshman
Seminar Computer Layout 1
Advanced Computer Layout 2
Digital Illustration 1
Digital Graphics Production Lab
Interaction Design 1
Desktop Video 2
Digital Imaging Synthesis
3D Modeling & Animation 1
3D Modeling & Animation 2
Introduction to Graphic Design
Elective Directed Art Studio Courses
Choose three of the following
Digital Illustration 2
Interaction Design 2
Required Art History Courses
Introduction to Visual Arts
History of Visual Communications
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 41
Minimum Major Credits: 79
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.00
Minimum Major GPA: 2.00
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