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Bachelor of Fine Arts in:

Applied Digital Arts

Applied Digital Arts is the newest and fastest growing visual art program at Kutztown University. It's a vibrant area of study with almost unbounded opportunity for students to work in digital visual fields. 

The program is built on animation principles with emphasis on digital 3-D. Technological and 3-D imaging has numerous applications, from product design, to games, virtual, augmented and mixed reality, imaging for life sciences, education, military and corporate, as well as entertainment, marketing and fine art. These emerging fields naturally require students develop leadership, problem-solving, team building and innovative approaches which are key skills needed for career success. This program is housed in the Department of Art and Art History

    Applied Digital Arts classes are taught in the Sharadin Art building, a hub of visual creative activity. Students working on Studio Art, Art Education, Communication Design, Art History and Crafts programs interact and collaborate in a recently renovated, state of the art facility.

    Applied Digital Arts (APD) is also a highly collaborative program at Kutztown. Besides their APD classes, students take courses in studio art, communication design, visual studies and computer science. With APD's wide reach into so many applications, that we are housed in a comprehensive university opens up many opportunities.

    Minors and Career Engagement

    Students could elect to take a minor; one example might be biology, then that student could intern with a medical animation company. Games for education is another great example. There are also on-campus opportunities for APD students to pair with KU faculty as paid summer research interns.

    Applied Digital Arts (APD) is also a highly collaborative program at Kutztown. Besides their APD classes, students take courses in studio art, communication design, visual studies and computer science. With APD's wide reach into so many applications, that we are housed in a comprehensive university opens up many opportunities. Students could elect to take a minor; one example might be biology, then that student could intern with a medical animation company. Games for education is another great example. There are also on-campus opportunities for APD students to pair with KU faculty as paid summer research interns.

    As part of the APD program, students have a year-long Senior Project. Students work in teams, or individually, to plan, develop, schedule, make assets, produce and finally deliver a fully finished product, be it a short film, a game, a line of 3d digital prints/products, or a VR or interactive installation. Senior Projects can become the start of a new product line, a startup production or game development company, or a pathway to working with established companies in the field.

    Extracurricular Opportunities

    The Applied Digital Arts Club and Digital Media Club provide students with the opportunity to engage with professionals in the visual arts in a variety of ways, from hosting visiting artists and arts events for the KU community to attending art openings and speakers.

    The College of Visual and Performing Arts sends buses to New York City many Saturdays during the semesters. Students can spend the day in the city for just $20 roundtrip.

    Visit the Department of Art & Art History Department Site

    Studio Art, Applied Digital Arts Admission Requirements

    In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Studio Art or Applied Digital Arts must submit a portfolio to the Art and Art History Department.

    Note: There are different requirements for freshmen and transfers.

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