Calling upon the theories and artistic practices of animation, cinema, motion graphics, games and technology, students in this concentration study animation and interactive media through a combinatin of traditional media and digital tools. Advanced level courses in animation incorporate technically intensive experiences in 3-D computer animation and digital compositing, as well as explorations of emerging practices including real-time applications and interactive animation.
Delving into complex questions that absorb both the novice and the expert in the expanding arena of visual communication, the curriculum encourages a rigorous handling of thought processes and inquiries springing from the traditional through the transitional and emerging media. Faculty allows for the intellectual, intuitive, and perceptual approaches to problem solving, all balanced on the fundamental belief that effective communication, not style is the desired goal.
Engaging new forms of artistic expression through interdisciplinary explorations by mark-making and gesture with bodily, mechanical and technological tools, Print Media is built on a strong foundation of art history and theory. This provides a framework for investigation into the technical and material aspects of print-based practices. Manual, photographic, and digital print processes are explored, with an emphasis on the fluid manipulation of materials.
Providing students with the conceptual framework, historical context and technical skills necessary for the production of narrative, documentary or experimental projects in a fine-arts environment, film and video are treated as artistic media — ideas are considered as important as technique. A study of film/video history, criticism, and theory in tandem with a range of digital production and post- production tools forms the foundation for personal creative student work.
Committed to teaching students the aesthetic, critical, theoretical, technical and historical aspects of the medium, the curriculum focuses on increasing the student's visual literacy within the highly mediated environment that we inhabit, which is central to the development of creative work. Courses in basic darkroom skills, digital imaging, and camera management lay the foundation from which more advanced conceptual, technical, and aesthetic issues are formulated.