BFA Digital Media Design
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program are immersed in an educational environment that prepares them for becoming design professionals. They will join a community of established, progressive designers who will mentor and guide them through their studies. During their studies design students will be introduced to media companies, non-profit organizations, design studios, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond.
This 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses of study within the realm of digital media design. With experienced, professional designers as faculty and mentors, students are taught current design industry practices and will engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture, and business, culminating in a two-semester thesis project in the senior year.
Digital Media Design students focus on developing skills in motion design, including digital 2-D and 3-D animation, motion graphics, digital video and live-action production. Professional faculty members—professional 3-D animators and motion designers—teach students skills in designing and producing kinetic sequences for TV and film. Projects for TV and film include network-identity packages, live-action production sequences, movie and TV title credits, commercial motion graphics, sound design, 3-D modeling, 3-D animation, and character design.
In addition, Digital Media Design students learn technical skill sets and project workflow such as concept ideation, storyboarding, style frames, narrative structure, digital animation, rendering, and production. By the end of the program, students develop professional presentation skills, a strong portfolio and a resume. Intimate classroom settings and detailed critical feedback provide students with conceptual, technological and communication tools to excel as working professionals in the fast-paced and competitive TV and film industry. View the Digital Media Design students' animation and motion graphics reel.