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Art & Digital Media Department

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Art & Digital Media

The programs of the Department of Art and Digital Media give students the opportunity to develop as artists, designers, digital media creators, and scholars in facilities that support both traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, and the latest developments in new media. Housed in the Steel Plant, our programs have two state-of-the-art digital labs, traditional media studios, and a professional gallery that features regional and international artists as well as the work of our students. The Department's degrees offer both a strong foundation and the opportunity to explore several specializations.

Our degree in Digital Media, which was one of the first offered in the nation, is designed for students to study, in depth, a new field that is transforming the visual arts under the guidance of recognized artists, designers, and digital media professionals. Courses in design (both print and web), animation (2D and 3D), digital photography, and multimedia authoring prepare students for an ever-evolving field.

In Studio Art, students can choose either the BA in Fine Arts: Studio or the more intensive BS in Studio Art. Both combine a broad based training in the visual arts with a traditional liberal arts education. Students can investigate a wide range of courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography, digital media, and printmaking.

The BA in Fine Arts: Art History explores the rich history of the visual arts, beginning with drawings in prehistoric caves to the pyramids of Egypt to today's global contemporary art.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an aesthetic sensibility and skill as an artist. This is demonstrated in the student's originality, inventiveness, use of visual and design elements, control of media, and craftsmanship.
  • Students will develop a sense of artistic self-identity. This is demonstrated through the student's portfolio.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate their ideas about art both verbally and aesthetically. This is demonstrated in the student's ability to discuss their work and that of others in through papers, critiques, and the portfolio.
  • Students will develop knowledge of art, artists, and art history and how it relates to their cultural context. This is demonstrated in papers, critiques, and portfolios.

Programs of Study