Design and Digital Technologies

B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design

In the digital age, the artist’s palette overflows with new opportunities for creative expression in industries that barely existed a decade ago. The 129-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Design is tailored for students with strong computer and design skills who seek training in the latest technologies and the chance to transform the visual landscape of technologies yet to come.

Students learn the fundamentals of art history, drawing and illustration and apply long-established principles to the evolving aesthetics of computer-generated art and electronic media. They engage with the hottest apps, social networking programs and Web- and video-based games that are transforming the entertainment, publishing and advertising industries. Course topics include desktop publishing, vector-based drawing, visual effects, digital print making, digital graphics, 2D and 3D modeling and animation, video game creation and development, interactive media and multimedia on the Internet.

Through direct interactions with professional artists and designers in class, hands-on practice at the Campus’ state-of-the-art studios and digital labs, creation of sophisticated and interactive portfolios and professional experience in required internships, students in the B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design Program are primed for careers in magazine and Web design, TV, film and video production, animation, video game design and information technology. Students in the B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design Program have interned at such companies as SONY, Hachette Filipacchi Media, United Business Media, Time Warner and Hearst Publications.

Class sizes are small and students get to work in a fully networked, state of the art computer lab which is equipped with over eighty Macintosh workstations, large format color printers, and scanners. Our faculty is comprised of working professionals who practice what they preach in the classroom and continue to work outside of class as print and web designers, multimedia artists and authors.

Admission Requirements
  • Incoming freshmenmust have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT 19 or above and a portfolio review.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students wishing to transfer into the digital art and design program must submit a portfolio containing both fine art and design-related material. A personal interview is held with the director of the digital arts and design program to evaluate the artistic skills of the applicant and to help with the transfer credit evaluation.
  • More information on portfolio reviews may be found on the Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days website at or by calling the Department of Art at 516-299-2464.
  • To apply for departmental scholarships, see the Department of Art Scholarships on the Department of Art homepage at

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all ART courses)
History/Philosophy 6 credits(in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Digital Arts and Design Major Requirements
Required Digital Arts & Design Courses
ART 2 Studio Foundation I 9.00
ART 3 Studio Foundation II 6.00
CGPH 5 Computer Layout 1 3.00
CGPH 6 Advanced Computer Layout 2 3.00
CGPH 7 Digital Illustration 1 3.00
CGPH 10 Digital Graphics Production Lab 3.00
CGPH 11 Interaction Design 1 3.00
CGPH 12 Desktop Video 3.00
CGPH 15 Desktop Video 2 3.00
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 3.00
CGPH 18 Digital Imaging Synthesis 3.00
CGPH 20 3D Modeling & Animation 1 3.00
CGPH 21 3D Modeling & Animation 2 3.00
CGPH 22 Website Design 3.00
CGPH 24 Website Development 3.00
CGPH 97 Internship 3.00
VISL 1 Introduction to Graphic Design 3.00
VISL 2 Publication Design 3.00
VISL 3 Advertising Design 3.00
VISL 98 Portfolio Preparation 3.00
Elective Directed Art Studio Courses
Choose two of the following
CGPH 3 Intro to Computer Graphics 3.00
CGPH 8 Digital Illustration 2 3.00
CGPH 9 Digital Typography 3.00
CGPH 14 Interaction Design 2 3.00
CGPH 26 Website Design for Everyone 3.00
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 85 History of Visual Communications 3.00

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 121 (120 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 84
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.25
Minimum Major GPA: 2.25


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean