A BFA in Digital Media Arts provides a foundation for students seeking to develop careers in the rapidly growing areas of motion graphics, sound design, video production, and photography through a multidisciplinary approach. This comprehensive degree fosters soft skills desired by the field of digital media arts including: creativity, team building, critical thinking and symbolic communication. This program produces digital media artists and professionals ready to create, develop, produce, and promote professional quality digital content on industry standard software and hardware. With grounding in both theory and technique our graduates are prepared for jobs such as videographer, video editor, sound designer, and motion graphics designer.
Students in our Video program learn a range of skills, but specialize in these key areas:
From big-budget Hollywood blockbusters to local television commercials, editing is key to any video production. Our students learn to edit both nonfiction (documentary) and narrative material using a range of software (including Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve).
- Color Correction
Almost every professional program you see today uses color correction techniques to make the video ready for broadcast. Our students begin working with these techniques in their very first video class, then expand to working with DaVinci Resolve on calibrated monitors in our Postproduction Suite.
There is huge competitive advantage for filmmakers who can truly control the images they create. Using high-quality cameras and lenses our students are creating 4K video with cameras that are on Netflix’s approved camera list. We begin with the basics of exposure and depth of field, but in our advanced classes (like Cinema Studio) we learn how to create beautiful, professional motion pictures that apply the ideas of art. (After all, we’re an Art Department.)
For students interested in video editing, one of the best ways to break into the field is to prepare for the position of Assistant Editor. Learn to work with and organize large collections of material, learn the techniques for managing and preparing video files, and learn the best practices for creating video that matches broadcast standards. The Assistant Editor position is in-demand in Hollywood, in broadcast television, and in all types of local video production (like public relations and corporate video).
For students interested in the aesthetics of film and video, there is a huge demand for good Colorists in all areas of the field. Learn how to Color Correct video, learn to work with new video formats that provide greater dynamic range and expanded color, and learn how aesthetics and technology have merged to allow Colorists to create beautiful cinematic looks in postproduction. The Colorist position is a great direction for the student who finds inspiration in the visuals of great films.
For students who love to work hands on with lenses and cameras, developing your skill in cinematography can be valuable in a range of video production jobs. From camera operator to broadcast television crew to corporate video producer, a great cameraperson is always in demand.
University Requirement Seminar1
Students entering the Art Department will be required to pass a portfolio review before advancing into upper level courses.