The B.F.A. in Media Arts offers opportunities to explore the expanding world of media and expression. Emphases include creative inquiry, collaboration and adaptation to emerging technologies. Courses include image processing, animation, video and new media. The program requires 60 credit hours in visual, performing or interdisciplinary-related coursework. Students begin with introductory courses intended to increase their familiarity with artistic and theoretical concepts associated with media and art. As students progress through the program, they are required to take more specialized courses Seniors are required to create a B.F.A. thesis exhibition for public display. Once admitted into the B.F.A. program via their B.F.A. review, students must achieve grades of B- or higher in all ART and ARH courses.
This program includes lectures, lab hours, collaborative projects and public presentations. Students are immersed in the Media Arts Research Studio (MARS), which houses state-of-the-art hardware, software and printing services. Admission to the program (generally in the sophomore or junior year) must be followed by a minimum of three semesters of studio work before the thesis exhibition. A student is admitted into the program only upon recommendation by the studio arts faculty and approval by the chairperson, following a successful portfolio review. Once admitted into the B.F.A. program via their B.F.A. review, students must achieve grades of B- or higher in all ART and ARH courses. All majors must participate in the monthly B.F.A. critiques held in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.
Each candidate for the B.F.A. must present a senior thesis and talk during the final year of study. This thesis is prepared under the guidance and supervision of the art faculty and must demonstrate proficiency in the chosen area of concentration.
Graduating students should be able to:
- Develop language and techniques for creating and critiquing media.
- Learn how to use computers and software for creative purposes.
- Learn a variety of conceptual, design and experimental art-based principles.
- Introduce the history and criticism surrounding new media.
- Discover more about themselves and methods of self-expression through art and media.