Major: Digital Arts

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The work of a great choreographer re-created with hand-drawn 3-D figures, a multimedia representation of the mind of a child with learning disabilities, an electronic “concert” shaped by the artist’s own brain waves and heartbeat -- these are a few of the projects created by today’s cutting-edge digital artists. The digital arts have been described as the place where artistry and technology meet. If you are a creative person who loves technology, a major in digital arts could be the right choice for you.

You’ll learn how to use a wide variety of digital animation programs, including 2-D and 3-D graphics programs, and explore electronic music, video installation, and Web design. You’ll also study the history and theory of digital media and work on perfecting basic art skills in foundation courses such as drawing, design, and color theory.

Digital arts students use computers to create art. They work in digital photography, animation, electronic sound and music, graphic design, and other digital or interactive media.

Did You Know?

You may have to submit a portfolio to be admitted, especially to a B.F.A. (bachelor of fine arts) program.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Collaborate with other artists to create digital media presentations for theater or dance performances
  • Spend your senior year working on one project that showcases your point of view as an artist
  • Build a digital portfolio
  • Create interactive art for public display
  • Master the latest computer animation and audio software
  • Write about the impact of technology on culture
  • Learn from critiques of your art by peers and profs

It Helps To Be...

A good multitasker. Since there are so many electronic art forms available, you may be working in several different media, like sound, video, or stop-motion graphics, at the same time.

College Checklist

  • Does the program offer concentrations in specific areas like sound, animation, or interactive media?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • Does the program offer a balanced mix of art- and technology-based courses, or does it emphasize one over the other?
  • Are faculty members practicing artists who are on top of current trends?
  • Are there digital audio, video, and graphics studios on campus filled with the latest high-tech toys?
  • Are classrooms equipped with fast, powerful computers and up-to-date software?
  • Is there an online gallery of senior projects? Do you like the work that comes out of this program?
  • What are recent grads doing now?
  • Does the program offer networking opportunities with industry professionals? Internships?

Did You Know?

Many artists who work in electronic forms use technology in their art to critique the effects of technology on society.

Course Spotlight

Art that invites viewer participation is the subject of interactive media, commonly a core course for all digital arts majors. In fact, you may climb through a progression of these classes.

You'll start with an intro course in which you study the history of the computer’s use in art and learn basic programming skills. In later classes, you’ll use your growing skills in increasingly complex ways, creating Web pages, CD-ROMs, and interactive art for exhibition.