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Bachelor of Fine Arts in:

Applied Digital Arts

Enrollment in this new program will begin in Fall 2016

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Digital Arts, students learn the history, theory and skills to work in the creative visual professions of game art, animation, and interactive media. By graduation, a student in this program will have expertise in two of these three tracks. Applied Digital students begin with a foundational year in drawing, design and design history in addition to the general education curriculum. In the sophomore year, the program exposes students to the introductory courses for each of the three tracks. Junior and senior years include internship opportunities, group projects and capstone courses, as well as further work with both theory and software that prepare students for careers in these creative visual professions.

This program is housed in the Department of Art and Art History

Three tracks are available to students pursuing this major:

  • Game Art
  • Interactive Media
  • Animation

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 students can augment their educations with a broad selection of minors available in the KU curriculum including

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student Clubs: The Art 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 Art Bus: 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.

Eckhaus: Eckhaus is a student run art space and gallery on Main Street in Kutztown. Eckhaus provides KU students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with curating, art handling and installing, community arts endeavors and arts events management.

Career Opportunities

Post graduations, Applied Digital Arts majors can pursue employment as working animators, game artists, or work with all forms of digital user experience. Students can work as a member of design teams in existing companies.  Students may also opt to pursue more entrepreneurial careers and start their own businesses in digital visual fields.

Visit the Department of Art & Art History Department Site
Discover College of Visual & Performing Arts.  Open House: Monday, Nov. 8, 2017

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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