Students that pursue the 120-credit B.F.A. degree in Digital Art and Design have a variety of exciting career paths available to them. The program is intended to prepare students for successful careers in Graphic Design for Print, Web Design, Animation, and UX Interaction Design. The mission of the program is to impart fundamental knowledge of design and nurture the technical and creative skills necessary for graduates to secure opportunities as professional designers. Our plan of study provides students with comprehensive experience in industry standard design software and introduces them to the different career paths they can pursue in various fields of design.
Our graduates become professional designers at top advertising agencies, interactive design firms and publishing companies. As students move through the program, they develop interests that determine which area of design they might pursue. The program includes opportunities for students to be placed at internships before they graduate. The internship program helps demystify the real-world experience of actually working professionally in the field. Students in the Digital Art and Design program have interned at SONY, NBC, Esquire Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Time Warner, Disney, Marvel and Hearst Publications. Many students are hired after graduation by the companies that sponsor these Internships. Students also create both traditional printed and interactive portfolios of their design work, as well a self-branding portfolio Website to help them secure employment opportunities.
Classes are small and students work in a fully networked, state of the art suite of computer labs that are equipped with over sixty Apple Macintosh workstations, large format digital printers, digital video equipment and related peripheral technology. Our faculty is comprised of practicing professional designers and authorsin Graphic Design, Publication Design, Web Design, Digital Video, 3d Modeling & Animation and Interaction Design.
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 interested in transferring into the Digital Art and Design program should submit a digital portfolio of fine art and/or graphic design work. An interview is normally scheduled with faculty in the program to evaluate the design skills of the applicant and assist with a transfer credit evaluation.
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
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