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DIGITAL ART & MEDIA DESIGN

Eastern’s Digital Art and Media Design concentration is an exciting program that seamlessly integrates the fundamentals of art-making with design and digital media. Digital Art and Media Design students graduate with an understanding of how design and digital art are woven into our culture. Additionally, they learn about the importance of creative and critical thinking as part of the design and art-making process comprehending its challenges, joys and goals.

The Digital Art and Media Design program is flexible and dynamic offering courses focused on the field of Visual Communication Design. This field is ever expanding with Eastern’s program encompassing both print and screen design, illustration, packaging, animation, fashion design, and working with actual clients. The Digital Art and Media Design program provides students with targeted coursework, in which to build a strong portfolio. A Capstone project, during the senior year, is designed to highlight a student’s creativity, critical thinking, and technical skills.

Digital Art and Media Design graduates find design careers in a multitude of industries and regularly pursue graduate degrees to further their education.

Software and Hardware RecommendationsOur program is primarily based on utilizing Apple hardware and Adobe Creative Suite software because of its dominance in the industry. But the program remains flexible and open to students employing other platforms that allow them to creatively solve their design projects. Specific course requirements remain at the discretion of the professor.

Required Foundation Courses (26 credits)

  • ART 110 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
  • Choose one:
    • ART 111 Three-Dimensional Design - 3 credits
    • ART 207 Ceramic Sculpture - 3 credits
    • ART 217 Ceramics - 3 credits
  • ART 122 Digital Illustration & Page Layout - 3 credits
  • ART 124 Digital Imaging - 3 credits
  • ART 201 Relief Printmaking - 3 credits
  • ART 202 Drawing I - 3 credits
  • ART 211 Art History I: Pre-History to 1400 - 4 Credits
  • ART 212 Art History II: 1400 to the Present - 4 Credits

Portfolio Requirement: After completing several of the foundation courses, students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating artistic capability for admission to upper-level courses. Portfolios must be carefully prepared according to guidelines available for download on the department website or in the Art and Art History Department office. After portfolios are submitted and program admission approved, students are eligible to enroll in upper-level art courses. Portfolio Requirements

Required Concentration Courses (6 credits)

  • ART 203 Graphic Design I - 3 credits
  • ART 329 Graphic Design II - 3 credits

Concentration Electives (choose 5, 15-16 credits)

Students can pursue one or more specializations or can take electives without a specialization. See below for full list of Concentration Electives. 

Optional Specializations:

  • Animation:
    • ART 323 Introduction to 3D Modeling - 3 credits
    • ART 325 2D Animation- 3 credits
    • ART 343 Introduction to 3D Animation - 3 credits
    • ART 403 Advanced 3D Animation - 3 credits
  • Digital Art:
    • ART 332 Photo Imaging: Art and the Digital Camera - 3 credits
    • ART 337 Virtual & Augmented Reality Design- 3 credits
    • ART 342 Illustration II - 3 credits
    • ART 422 Illustration III - 3 credits
  • Graphic Design:
    • ART 330 Packaging Design - 3 credits
    • ART 327 Magazine Design - 3 credits
    • ART 335 Graphic Design III - 3 credits
    • ART 432 Eastern Design Group (as elective) - 3 credits
  • Interactive Media Design:
    • ART 213 Information Graphics - 3 credits
    • ART 310 Web Design I
    • ART 326 User Interface & Interaction Design - 3 credits
    • ART 351 Motion Graphic Design - 3 credits

Concentration Electives (full list):

  • ART 213 Information Graphics - 3 credits
  • ART 310 Web Design I - 3 credits
  • ART 323 Introduction to 3D Modeling - 3 credits
  • ART 325 2D Animation - 3 credits
  • ART 326 User Interface & Interaction Design - 3 credits
  • ART 327 Magazine Design - 3 credits
  • ART 330 Packaging Design - 3 credits
  • ART 332 Photo Imaging: Art and the Digital Camera - 3 credits
  • ART 335 Graphic Design III - 3 credits
  • ART 337 Virtual & Augmented Reality Design- 3 credits
  • ART 342 Illustration II - 3 credits
  • ART 343 Introduction to 3D Animation - 3 credits
  • ART 351 Motion Graphic Design - 3 credits
  • ART 365 Special Topics in Art (when topically appropriate) - 3 credits
  • ART 403 Advanced 3D Animation - 3 credits
  • ART 412 Web Design II - 3 credits
  • ART 421 Digital Portfolio Preparation - 3 credits
  • ART 422 Illustration III - 3 credits
  • ART 432 Eastern Design Group (as elective) - 3 credits
  • ART 470 Advanced Topics in Art (when topically appropriate) - 3 credits
  • ART 480 Independent Study - 3 credits
  • ART 490 Internship - 3 credits

(Students can choose up to 2 of the following)

  • CSC 202 Introduction to Programming and Machine Intelligence - 3 credits
  • CSC 311 Computer & Video Games Development - 3 credits
  • ENG 206 Digital Composition - 4 credits
  • MUS 372 Multimedia Composition - 3 credits
  • THE 345 Programming for Interactive Design - 3 credits

Major Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Choose one:
    • ART 432 Eastern Design Group - 3 credits
    • ART 436 Graphic Design IV Senior Project in Digital Art & Media Design - 3 credits