Digital Arts, B.F.A.
Curriculum

Discovery Core

Foundations Credits:
FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: WRIT 100 or Writing Placement Exam

A course introducing students to the fundamentals of college composition. Topics include writing process, rhetorical strategies, basics of critical reading and thinking, analytical writing, and argumentative writing. This course serves as a foundation to prepare students to succeed in other academic writing contexts. Coursework includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: FCWR 101 or WRIT 101

Further development of the academic writing, critical thinking, and analytical reading skills taught in Writing I. An introduction to academic discourse in the four core seminar areas: literature, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and philosophy. Development of library skills leading to a documented research paper.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSP 105 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process 3
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the big ideas of different scientific disciplines, and is grounded in the scientific process. The course focuses on interdisciplinary aspects, the scientific process, and it is writing intensive, interactive and relevant.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry 3
This course introduces you to the fundamentals of critical thinking. Topics include an overview of the research methods in various academic disciplines, reasoning, constructing an argument, and evaluating information. This course serves as a foundation for your continued development of critical thinking skills in other core classes, your major program coursework, and your personal and professional life.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 303 Communication for Art and Design 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take one course in each group: Group 1 (FCWR 101 or FCWR 111 or WRIT 101 or WRIT 111) and Group 2 (FCWR 151 or FCWR 161 or WRIT 151 or WRIT 161)

Building on courses taken in their majors, students will learn and apply concepts of effective written and oral communication appropriate for careers in art, design, and architecture. In addition to forms appropriate to the business world, such as memos, letters, reports, proposals, and job application materials, students will learn strategies for writing career-specific forms such as project descriptions, design briefs, and marketing correspondence. Students will engage in both primary and secondary research, work collaboratively, and deliver oral presentations using visual aids and/or presentation software. Course work includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 18 Credits
 
Seminars Credits:
ICLT 3XX Literature choice 3
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ICPH 3XX Philosophy choice 3
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ICBS 3XX Behavioral Science choice 3
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ICSS 3XX Social Science choice 3
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    Total: 12 Credits
 
Math and Science Credits:
MATH 115 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics 3
A course on selected topics in mathematics for students of the humanities, especially in communication arts. Topics include: graphs, matrices, elements of linear programming, finite probabilities, introduction to statistics. Applications to real-life situations are emphasized. The place of these topics in the history of mathematics is outlined.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Science choice 3
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    Total: 6 Credits
 

Major Requirements

Freshman Art Foundation Credits:
ARTD 102 Form and Space 3
Form and Space is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals and technical principles of working three dimensionally. Students will experiment with a number of traditional and digital methods to create, present, and reflect on form in space. Students will explore a variety of materials that may include paper, cardboard, plastilina, and 3D modeling/printing.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTD 103 Shape and Color 3
This course introduces students to the principles and theories of additive and subtractive color in two-dimensional compositions for traditional studio and digital applications. The elements of design, the psychological and symbolic uses of color, and the Gestalt theory will be covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTD 155 Time and Motion 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 251

This course provides a framework for four-dimensional design through the study of time and motion. It provides a foundation to concepts leading to further study in time-based and emerging media and teaches fundamentals and principles related to interactivity of design and the element of time. Such 4D design principles as simultaneity and juxtaposition, duration, energy dynamics, causality, musicality, and much more will be introduced and applied in projects created in this course, which will also address aspects of non-linear story telling, interactive story writing, the change of the role of the camera, and editing processes.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTW 101 Drawing I 3
An introduction to perspective and figure drawing in which a variety of techniques are used.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTW 151 Drawing II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTW 101

A continuation of ARTW 101.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
    Total: 15 Credits
 
Art History Credits:
ARTH 101 Art History I 3
A survey of history and principles of the fine and utilitarian arts from the Paleolithic era through the Renaissance.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARTH 151 Art History II 3
A continuation of Art History I from the Baroque Era through Modernism during first half of 20th Century.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARTH 201 Art History III 3
A survey history after 1945 from Abstract Expressionism through Contemporary Art into the Digital Age.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARTH 301 Aesthetics I 3
A survey of the visual arts of the present day. Comparative analysis of the visual arts and the various performing and literary arts. The study of the more notable historical contemplation on the nature of art and beauty.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 12 Credits
 
Computer Graphics Sequence* Credits:
ARTC 201 Computer Graphics I 3
This introductory course in digital image-making surveys current digital tools and techniques used in the computer graphics field. Through assigned projects, students will develop an understanding of common computer-based graphics and design workflows and will learn skills to develop their ideas into a graphic format.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 251 Computer Graphics II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARTC 201 or ADVG 210 or ARCH 340 or CSCI 420 or DGIM 110

Computer Graphics II is the subsequent course to Computer Graphics I and will continue to focus on fundamental industry applications to prepare students for artistic and commercial projects in computer graphic design. Through projects, students will expand their skills to creating master industry-standard graphic designs. A particular focus will be on creating package designs.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 301 Motion Graphics I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 251

This course is an introduction to the fundamental techniques used in creating time-based motion graphics and animations. This course assumes a fundamental understanding of digital imaging. Particular emphasis will be placed on projects using typography, image, and narrative sequence. Students will master motion graphics and animation skills step-by-step through the development process, from storyboard to the final product, emphasizing industry best practice.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 351 Digital Compositing 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 301

Digital Compositing I will introduce compositing of multimedia in one single project. This course will introduce students to the process of digital compositing to create powerful visual effects for storytelling purposes. Digital images, videos, animations, and other visual effect elements, will be layered, manipulated, and put together in one compositing project to create complex scenes, emphasizing industry best practices.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 400 Thesis Proposal 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 351

In this course, intermediate-level digital arts students create a proposal for their thesis; the thesis will be completed in the senior year. Students will prepare for the creation of their thesis project by doing research within their area of interest and creating artwork that constitutes the complete preproduction of the future thesis project. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 1-3-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 405 Thesis Production I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 400

In this course, senior digital arts students begin the creation of their thesis project as it was proposed in their thesis proposal. Typically, students complete approximately half of the project in this course. Students may work in groups or individually. The course consists of studio class time and critique. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 1-3-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 406 Thesis Production II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 405

A continuation of Thesis Production I ARTC-405. In this course, senior digital arts students complete their thesis project as it was proposed in their thesis proposal. The course consists of studio class time and critique. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 1-3-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
ARTC 410 Portfolio 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARTC 405, Corequisite: ARTC 406

In this course, students will finalize their portfolio through self-directed projects to prepare for entry-level jobs and/or graduate programs. The class will consist of research, production, workshops, and critiques. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 1-3-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
    Total: 24 Credits
* All computer graphics courses require department permission prior to registration.
 
Department Electives Credits:
Choose fine arts courses in consultation with advisor. 21
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General Electives Credits:
Choose elective courses in consultation with advisor. 12
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Total Required Credits = 120