bfa or ba?
Studies lead either to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Arts degree. Both degrees offer concentrations in graphic design, photography, television/video production and interaction design.
Bachelor of Fine Arts - 126 credits
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program offers a highly-focused and discipline-intensive visual arts degree which emphasizes professional skills and an understanding of the required industry practices for media artists. The program focus is on in¬-depth visual and media arts studio studies, concluding with a course that involves a self-directed senior project. Students take 78 credits of Media Arts coursework. This is a professional arts degree.
Bachelor of Arts - 126 credits
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program offers students an opportunity to combine coursework across media arts concentrations or other academic disciplines, for example, in pursuit of a minor that complements their career goals. Students take 54 credits of Media Arts coursework. This is a well¬-rounded and broad-¬based liberal arts degree that offers an understanding of professional practice for media artists.
The Media Arts students meet each semester with their faculty advisor who guides their course selection and academic progress to meet their degree requirements.
Upon graduation from Media Arts, students
- are professionally competent in their area of concentration(s);
- are competent in creating original work that demonstrates their personal voice and strong industry-relevant skills;
- are competent in interdisciplinary professional practices in a converged media environment;
- are able to demonstrate through their work an understanding of their discipline and its history;
- are able to demonstrate an understanding of basic professional practices common to Media Arts, including the ability to organize and track projects and work productively as a member of interdisciplinary teams;
- are able to demonstrate their understanding and ability to use tools and technologies common to the profession, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, distribution, and documentation of media;
- are able to demonstrate an ability to create and develop original and unique visual forms in response to specific communication problems. This will include an understanding of principles of visual organization, aesthetics, image composition, aesthetics of movement and sound, symbolic representation, and the construction of meaningful images in a global context;
- are able to demonstrate their ability to utilize skills of audience identification and visual problem-¬solving based on research and analysis appropriate to the discipline;
- are able to demonstrate an ability to generate alternative solutions and evaluate appropriate solutions for different contexts; and
- have experience of exhibiting, documenting, and describing their work.
Media Arts Department Goals:
- Prepare undergraduate students for professional careers as creative thinkers and problem-solvers.
- Emphasize the importance of media literacy and the development of critical thinking and media-making.
- Provide students with ample opportunities for engaged learning in their discipline.
- Emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to the use of tools and technologies.
- Offer students opportunities for global engagement, including the development of international and intercultural competency skills.
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