Sep 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Fine Arts - Visual Communication, Digital and Media Arts (VCDMA) Concentration, BS

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The Digital Media Arts concentration prepares students for careers in visual arts and exhibition, by combining digital arts and technology with traditional art making and research. Students may seek to integrate experimental design, drawing/illustration, painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation with visual communication and new media.  

This major is ideal for the student who may come from a background in painting for example, but also would like to combine this medium with digital art, new media, video, etc. This would also be ideal for a student that does not desire to enter a career in graphic design per se (print & web) but seek ways to conduct research balanced with art making, technology and exploration. The objectives of the new concentration are as to prepare graduates to enter a career as a professional visual artist, with an emphasis on digital media and gallery exhibition. 

Expected student learning outcomes;

After successful completion of coursework, portfolio reviews, exhibitions internships an senior thesis projects, students will be able to:

• Organize the advanced elements of the visual language creating harmonious and unique designs for art, advertisement and communication

• Demonstrate the organizational principles that underline the effective manipulation of the optical elements in 2D and 3D space as well as interdisciplinary research and application

• Demonstrate a full command of a variety of software packages and develop creative and effective problem-solving skills in art/technology

• Combine elements of both traditional and digital art-making into a cohesive portfolio and senior exhibition/show

• Develop sound business practices and knowledge as a professional, exhibiting artist/designer/producer

• Produce a successful portfolio and resume for the professional art industry and/or graduate school




General Education And Institutional Requirements

See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements  for all options.


English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits

Sciences (7-8 semester hours; at least one of which shall be a laboratory course)

  • ____ ___ Science Elective 3/4 Credits
  • ____ ___ Science Elective w/laboratory course 4 Credits

Mathematics (3 semester hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)

Technology (3 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ COSC 110 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 111 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 112 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 113 3 Credits

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives: 9 semester credits for Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; 12 semester credits of foreign language for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Selected courses chosen from any category within the General Education Course List. See advisor and refer to catalog for approved courses.

Total General Education Requirements: 40-41

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar/Information Literacy

Total Institutional Requirements: 6

Music Requirements Required Courses (28 semester hours)

Students who major in Fine Arts with a  concentration in Music are required to take the following courses as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement.


Fine Arts Music and Music Technology Concentration Majors. Fine Arts Music Concentration Majors are expected to participate on at least five seminars and receive a satisfactory grade. All music students are required to attend each scheduled seminar (two per semester).

Art (Studio) Requirements

Students who major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art (Studio) are required to take the following courses, as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement. Students with an Art (Studio) Concentration cannot use ART 299, Art Survey, as an art history course in any part of their curriculum.

DFPA Core Requirements

DFPA Core Requirements

Art Foundation & Art History Requirements

VCDMA Core Requirements

Also Required

Passing all VCDMA major courses enrolled, future w/grade of “C” or better

English Proficiency Exam (Pass/Fail) _____

Faculty Portfolio Review I (VCDM 219) ____

Faculty Portfolio Review II (VCDM 419) ____

Intership in Visual Communication (VCDM 491) ____ When & Where: _____

Senior Thesis/Exhibition (VCDM 498) 10-20 works of art/design, media, fashion, short films/animation, etc.

Visual Communication And Digital Media Arts Concentration (VCDMA)

Sample Program

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total: 18

Second Semester

Total: 18



Junior Year

Senior Year

Total: 15

Total: 14

Total Credits: 123

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