B.S. Digital Media Arts

The Digital Media Arts program is dedicated to educating and training designers of the future. Students will be prepared to meet the high demand of the design industry using their skills in graphic design and interactive media. In addition, students will be introduced to critical design theory and analysis in preparation for graduate study.

Professional designers can work in a range of different design careers and projects including: digital design, multimedia design, type design, motion graphics (film title and/or tv graphics), exhibit design, signage design, environmental design, package design, publications systems, educational design, magazine illustration, identity design (branding), information design and design entrepreneur.

The Digital Media Arts degree mirrors the American Institute of Graphic Arts professional standards. The degree emphasizes: 1. Increasing the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems; 2. Increasing the ability to solve communication problems using the design process and beta testing implementation; and 3. Increasing the understanding of and ability to utilize tools and technology. The lower division coursework, Creative Thinking, Sign + Symbols, Fundamentals of Digital Imaging and Fundamentals of Interactive Media, introduce content associated with developing problem-solving strategies and honing technical proficiency. The upper division coursework focuses on advanced training in technology, branding, print graphic design, motion graphics, various forms of interactive media and project development.

 

Suggested Degree Program Schedule

 

First Year – Freshman (Hours)

First Semester

ARTS 1113 Design I (3)

ARTS 1153 Drawing I (3)

ARTS 2223 History of Art I (3)

ENGL 1123 Freshman Composition I (3)

MATH 1103 Contemporary College Algebra (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Second Semester

ARTS 1123 Design II (3)

ARTS 1173 Creative Thinking (3)

ARTS 2233 History of Art II (3)

ENGL 1133 Freshman Composition II (3)

PSYC 1113 General Psychology (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Second Year – Sophomore

First Semester

ARTS 2353 Color Theory (3)

DGMA 2173 Fundamentals of Digital Media (3)

ARTS 2283 African-American Art (3)

BIOL 1113 Biology (3)

HIST 1313 U.S. to 1876 (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Second Semester

ARTS 2363 Sign + Symbols (3)

DGMA 2183 Fundamentals of Interactive Media (3)

ARTS 2313 Graphic Design History (3)

PHSC 1123 Physical Science I (3)

HIST 1323 The U.S. – 1876 to Present (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Third Year – Junior

First Semester

DGMA 3123 Layout I (3)

DGMA 3323 Typography I (3)

DGMA 3343 Branding (3)

POSC 1113 American Government I (3)

ARTS 3193 Printmaking (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Second Semester

DGMA 3133 Layout II (3)

DGMA 3333 Typography II (3)

DGMA 3353 Interactive Media (3)

POSC 1123 American Government II (3)

ARTS 4103 Creative Photography (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Fourth Year – Senior

First Semester

DGMA 4143 Problems in Media Arts I (3)

DGMA 4163 Advanced Interactive Media (3)

DGMA 4183 Motion Graphics (3)

COMM 2603 Interpersonal Communication (3)

Free Art Elective (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

Second Semester

DGMA 4153 Problems in Media Arts II (3)

DGMA 4173 Social Media Design (3)

DGMA 4193 Senior Studio Thesis (3)

FINA 2103 Personal Financial Management (3)

Free Art Elective (3)

Total Hours = 15

 

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