Media Arts

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

B.F.A. in Computer Arts


This degree offers a comprehensive program model in Computer and Digital Arts with a high number of creative studio classes that are designed to prepare students for the competitive digital production marketplace, and to help them develop mastery of the various disciplines within the field. The program offers renowned and award winning digital and computer artists alongside practicing professionals from the field as faculty.

Studio classes take advantage of extensive state-of-the-art facilities including 3 networked graphics and animation computer labs with high-end peripherals, digital video computer labs, a multicam television studio, a 5.1 surround sound digital audio lab and recording studio, MIDI audio labs, digital and wet photography labs, and multiple screening facilities.

In addition to the intensive hands-on program, students have access to extensive production and exhibition facilities for their senior year thesis, portfolio, and demo reel production. The program also offers competitive internships and job placement in the industry.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core Curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
Humanities
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 3 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Foreign Language 3 credits
Social Sciences
History 3 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 7 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
General Requirements for a B.F.A. major in Computer Art
  • Core Curriculum 41 credits
  • BFA Foundation courses (required) 6 credits
  • Art History/Media Theory 12 credits
  • Computer Art Studio in Concentrations 36 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Studio Electives 9 credits
  • Advanced Computer Art 12 credits
  • General Electives 12 credits
  • TOTAL 128 Credits
BFA Foundation Courses:
  • ART1501 or MA 101 3 credits
  • MA 124 3 credits
  • TOTAL 6 credits
Art History/Media Theory:
  • MA 239 (required) 3 credits
  • (plus)
  • ART 101 or MUS 107 3 credits
  • ART 102 or MUS 108 3 credits
  • *Theory Elective 3 credits
  • (*Any Media Theory, Art or Music History class with permission of BFA Program Coordinator)
  • TOTAL 12 credits
Interdisciplinary Studio Electives:
  • TOTAL 12 credits

Any Media Arts, Visual Art, or Music studio/production class outside the Concentration with the permission of B.F.A.Program Coordinator.


Computer Art Studio in one of 4 concentrations:
TOTAL 36 credits
1. Graphics and Design
MA 132 Computer Graphics II 3.00
MA 125 Digital Publishing 3.00
MA 133 Digital Illustration 3.00
MA 118 Digital Photo I 3.00
MA 122 Digital Photo II 3.00
MA 1341 3-D Computer Graphics I 3.00
MA 1361 Web Publishing I 3.00
MA 275 Advanced 3d Modeling Workshop 3.00
MA 197 Independent Study 3.00
MA 199 Internship 3.00
MA 240 Computer Art Thesis I 3.00
MA 241 Computer Art Thesis II 3.00
2. Computer Animation and Special Effects
MA 132 Computer Graphics II 3.00
MA 133 Digital Illustration 3.00
MA 135 Motion Graphics I 3.00
MA 1341 3-D Computer Graphics I 3.00
MA 1342 3D Computer Animation 3.00
MA 275 Advanced 3d Modeling Workshop 3.00
MA 207 3D Logo Animation 3.00
MA 165 Portfolio Development
MA 197 Independent Study 3.00
MA 199 Internship 3.00
MA 240 Computer Art Thesis I 3.00
MA 241 Computer Art Thesis II 3.00
3. Digital Audio & Sound Design
MA 107 Digital Audio I 3.00
MA 110 Digital Audio II 3.00
MA 1012 Audio Production II 3.00
MA 147 Studio Recording for the Music Producer
MA 570 Location Sound Recording
MA 197
MA 198
Independent Study 3.00
MA 199 Internship 3.00
MA 240 Computer Art Thesis I 3.00
MA 241 Computer Art Thesis II 3.00
+ 6 credits of additional studio arts selected in consultation with the B.F.A. Program Coordinator
4. Web Design
MA 132 Computer Graphics II 3.00
MA 107 Digital Audio I 3.00
MA 118 Digital Photo I 3.00
MA 125 Digital Publishing 3.00
MA 1341 3-D Computer Graphics I 3.00
MA 133 Digital Illustration 3.00
MA 135 Motion Graphics I 3.00
MA 165 Portfolio Development
MA 197 Independent Study 3.00
MA 199 Internship 3.00
MA 240 Computer Art Thesis I 3.00
MA 241 Computer Art Thesis II 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 128
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 41
  • Minimum Major Credits: 75
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean