Design and Digital Technologies


B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design

Students that pursue the 120-credit B.F.A. degree in Digital Art and Design have a variety of exciting career paths available to them. The program is intended to prepare students for successful careers in Graphic Design for Print, Web Design, Animation, and UX Interaction Design. The mission of the program is to impart fundamental knowledge of design and nurture the technical and creative skills necessary for graduates to secure opportunities as professional designers. Our plan of study provides students with comprehensive experience in industry standard design software and introduces them to the different career paths they can pursue in various fields of design. 

Our graduates become professional designers at top advertising agencies, interactive design firms and publishing companies. As students move through the program, they develop interests that determine which area of design they might pursue. The program includes opportunities for students to be placed at internships before they graduate. The internship program helps demystify the real-world experience of actually working professionally in the field. Students in the Digital Art and Design program have interned at SONY, NBC, Esquire Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Time Warner, Disney, Marvel and Hearst Publications. Many students are hired after graduation by the companies that sponsor these Internships. Students also create both traditional printed and interactive portfolios of their design work, as well a self-branding portfolio Website to help them secure employment opportunities.

Classes are small and students work in a fully networked, state of the art suite of computer labs that are equipped with over sixty Apple Macintosh workstations, large format digital printers, digital video equipment and related peripheral technology. Our faculty is comprised of practicing professional designers and authors in Graphic Design, Publication Design, Web Design, Digital Video, 3d Modeling & Animation and Interaction Design.

Students interested in transferring into the Digital Art and Design program should submit a digital portfolio of fine art and/or graphic design work. An interview is normally scheduled with faculty in the program to evaluate the design skills of the applicant and assist with a transfer credit evaluation.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Digital Arts & Design Courses (70 credits)
ART 6  3d Visualization 3
 CGPH 5 Computer Layout 1 3
CGPH 6 Advanced Computer Layout 2 3
CGPH 7 Digital Illustration 1 3
CGPH 8 Digital Illustration 2 3
CGPH 9  Digital Typography 3
CGPH 10 Digital Graphics Production Lab 3
CGPH 11 Interaction Design 1 3
CGPH 12 Desktop Video  3
CGPH 14 Interaction Design 2 3
CGPH 15  Desktop Video 2 3
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging  3
CGPH 18 Digital Imaging Synthesis 3
CGPH 20 3D Modeling & Animation 1 3
CGPH 21 3D Modeling & Animation 2 3
CGPH 22 Website Design 3
CGPH 24 Website Development 3
VISL 1 Introduction to Graphic Design  3
VISL 2 Publication Design  3
VISL 3 Advertising Design  3
VISL 4 Digital Industries: Student Agency  3
VISL 98  Portfolio Preparation 4
PROJ 3 Senior Project 3
Elective Directed Art Studio Courses (3 credits) 
 CGPH 97 Internship 3
Required Art History Courses (6 credits)  
ART 1  Introduction to the Visual Arts  3
CGPH 85 History of Visual Communications  3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 70
Elective Directed Art Studio Credits  3
Require Art History Credits 6
Free Elective Credits 9
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120