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Digital Art & Design

Eastern’s Digital Art and Design concentration is an exciting program that seamlessly integrates the fundamentals of art-making with design and digital media. Digital Art and 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 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 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 Design graduates find design careers in a multitude of industries and regularly pursue graduate degrees to further their education.

Software and Hardware Recommendations

Our 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
  • ART 111 Three-Dimensional Design OR ART 207 Ceramic Sculpture OR ART 217 Ceramics
  • ART 122 Digital Illustration & Page Layout         
  • ART 124 Digital Imaging
  • ART 201 Relief Printmaking          
  • ART 202 Drawing I 
  • ART 211 Art History I: Pre-History to 1400 (4 Credits) 
  • ART 212 Art History II: 1400 to the Present (4 Credits)

*After completing several foundation courses, students are required to submit a portfolio to enroll in 300-level (or higher) studio courses. Students whose portfolios do not meet standards may be required to take supplemental courses. Portfolio Requirements

Required Concentration Courses (9 credits)

  • ART 203 Graphic Design I        
  • ART 329 Graphic Design II       
  • ART 335 Graphic Design III       

Concentration Electives (choose 4, 12 credits)

  • ART 213 Creating Information Graphics  
  • ART 310 Web Design I  
  • ART 323 Introduction to 3D Modeling
  • ART 325 2-D Animation         
  • ART 326 User Interface & Interaction Design       
  • ART 327 Magazine Design
  • ART 330 Package Design
  • ART 332 Photo Imaging: Art and the Digital Camera
  • ART 342 Illustration II
  • ART 343 Introduction to 3D Animation
  • ART 351 Motion Graphic Design      
  • ART 365 Special Topics in Art/Digital Art and Design    
  • ART 403 Advanced 3-D Animation
  • ART 412 Web Design II
  • ART 421 Digital Portfolio Preparation
  • ART 422 Illustration III
  • ART 470 Advanced Topics in Art/Digital Art and Design   
  • ART 480 Independent Study           
  • ART 490 Internship       

Capstone (choose 1, 3 credits)

  • ART 432 Eastern Design Group
  • ART 436 Graphic Design IV