The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design prepares students for a range of creative careers. Beginning with strong foundational principles of design, students have a well-rounded course of study with photography, video, web design, and art history, and are then provided the flexibility to study in an area of their choosing. The degree is ideal for students who wish to double major or diversify their skills with additional minors and whose educational goal is a major in art and design that incorporates more substantive study in the liberal arts than the Bachelor of Fine Arts allows. Like the BFA program, the BA focuses on creativity, problem solving, project development and teamwork, and mastery of technique and craftsmanship, while providing the interdisciplinary perspective necessary to succeed in today's art and design fields.
The Art and Design (BA) is offered in both traditional and online formats.
Why Art and Design?
You will be taught by some of the most enthusiastic art and design practitioners with expertise across various fields, including web design, graphic design, photography, studio and digital art, fashion design and more. Their educational and professional backgrounds in the field will provide you with the most up-to-date strategies and approaches to various media, while the facilities you have access to will allow you to use the latest in hardware and software with our various computer labs and our new Makerspace. In these spaces you will have access to 3D printing, AR/VR equipment and software, laser cutters, CNC routers, and more. Coupled with the expertise of faculty who understand the ever-changing landscape of the industry, you will be prepared for the next step after graduation, whether that is a career in your chosen field or continuing your education in graduate studies.
This program has immersive reality technologies integrated throughout the curriculum and requires use of a virtual reality headset identified by the department and associated applications. Immersive realities, such as virtual reality, provide a fully immersive educational experience that leads to greater engagement and understanding of subjects covered in classes. Students are not only able to engage with the material, other students, and their instructor; they also can better understand the context of those relationships while immersed in the virtual environment. These experiences support the learning outcomes for the program and prepare students for use of these technologies in their professions.