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Art and Media Design
Minor in Digital Media
Summary of Requirements
Required pre-minor courses 12 credits
Students formally apply to the minor program upon completion of these courses.
This course is designed to assist the student in a visual understanding of the art of the past and present. The Western tradition is analyzed, with emphasis upon art forms such as architecture, painting, and sculpture. The course highlights the major art periods starting with prehistory and ending with the modern era. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.
Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 102 or the equivalent, and ASL 125
An introduction to the language of art and design (space, line, shape, value, texture and color) and the principle of composition for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. A series of hands-on projects will reinforce these concepts. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.
This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer system, digital camera basics, and Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Digital imaging, illustration, layout, and other digital art techniques will be introduced. This course is intended to prepare students for intermediate classes in graphic design, web design, photography, and digital art.
A foundation course in drawing. An introduction to principles and procedures of drawing in various media. Lectures and studio work. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.
Required art courses 9 credits
Choose three courses:
This course introduces the elements and principles of digital media in a variety of forms. Basic knowledge and skills using video camera equipment, digital editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and After Effects, script-writing and storyboarding are discussed within a framework of examples from the past and the present.
In this hands-on course, students will develop a range of advanced techniques in digital and electronic media art and film. Students will improve their editing skills obtained from introductory courses and focus on concept development and production techniques in the creation of digital video projects. This course also allows students to both develop and refine techniques they have used in earlier courses, while experimenting with new emergent technologies relevant to their interests and the field. Digital media and film theory and history are integral to course content.
ART 135, 140, 150, and 160
ART 135 or permission of the instructor.
This course introduces students to digital photography and digital camera operations, covering lighting, composition, exposure, and the fundamentals of traditional photographic concepts. Photographing two- and three-dimensional objects and optimizing photos for a digital workflow are skills developed in this course. The history and technology of photography will be discussed.
This course provides an introduction to designing and creating interactive experiences for the Web using a range of interactive techniques, software, and scripting. The course introduces students to HTML, Dreamweaver, and Flash (with basic ActionScript) and strengthens their speed and proficiency using imaging software. Historic and creative innovations in web design and Net Art will be discussed.
From the most advanced motion graphics techniques to immersive interactive experiences used in movies, games, multimedia web sites, smartphone apps, and interactive installations, students in this course will invent, design and implement interactive narratives with a range of 2D/3D animation, film, and interactive software. Students will use code to bring digital objects to life in open source platforms. A range of software such as Maya, After Effects, Flash, and Processing Language will be integrated in the development of projects.
ART 224, 290, and admission into major program; or permission of the department chair
The employment of Graphic Designers is expected to be a very competitive market from 2019 to 2029, with an average annual salary of $53,380. Learn more here.
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