University Catalog 2023-2024

Art and Design (Bachelor)

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The Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology awards the Bachelor of Art and Design degree. The Bachelor of Art and Design degree is a broadly based, multidisciplinary undergraduate experience that fully utilizes a diverse faculty and bridges media arts, design, and technology. Students work closely with faculty in a well-planned sequence of progressively complex and in-depth studios leading to concentrations in one of three areas: Animation (2D + 3D), Gaming + Interaction Design, or Fibers + Soft Construction. Students are advised through learning paths designed to produce optimal outcomes. This degree program provides a sound, well-rounded visual design education with a focus on providing students skills that allow them to perform and succeed in a wide variety of art and design professions after graduation.

Students selecting the Bachelor of Art and Design degree may wish to use it as a foundation for graduate study in a specific art or design discipline. The goal of the curriculum is to provide structure for the creation of a new model of art and design professionals. These individual artistic and practical talents are developed as different expressions of one potentiality.

The concentration in Fibers + Soft construction is NOT fashion based. The Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology does NOT have a fashion design program. Instead we work with soft materials in ways that are meant to be expressive and aesthetically driven in use cases both on and off the body. Students wishing to study fashion design should pursue the degree offerings in the Wilson College of Textiles.


Plan Requirements

ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
Advanced Writing3
Mathematical Science
MA 111Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry3
Design Studios
D 100Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes 13
D 104First Year Studio I 16
D 105First Year Studio II 16
ADN 202Design Studio: Art & Design in Context 16
ADN 204Art + Design Sophomore Studio Spring 16
Sophomore Studio V-VIII 118
Design Cores
ADN 219Digital Imaging I 13
ADN 281Drawing I 13
Digital Media Elective3
Select one of the following: 13
Drawing II
Art History or Design History3
ADN 418Contemporary Issues in Art and Design 13
ADN 493Art and Design Senior Lecture 13
Design Advised Core9
International Experience/Advised Electives
ADN 490Art and Design International Studio 16
General Education Program (GEP) Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences6
GEP Mathematical Sciences3
GEP Natural Sciences7
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt) 22
Total Hours120

A grade of C- or higher is required.


Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement.

Advanced Writing

ENG 287Explorations in Creative Writing3
ENG 288Fiction Writing3
ENG 292Writing About Film3
ENG 316Introduction to News and Article Writing3
ENG 323Writing in Rhetorical Traditions3
ENG 325Spoken and Written Traditions of American English Dialects3

Sophomore Studio V-VIII

Design Studios
ADN 460Creative Technology Studio II6
ADN 470Fibers and Surface Design Studio6
ADN 480Creative Technology Studio III:6
ADN 490Art and Design International Studio6
ADN 560Graduate Studio I: Immersive and Experimental Narratives6
ADN 570Graduate Studio III: Final Project Definition6
Swing Studios
Select a maximum of 6 units:
GD 201Design, Context, and Experience6
GD 202Designing for Settings, People, and Use6
ID 201Industrial Design Studio I 6
LAR 400Landscape Architecture Studio6

Digital Media Elective

ADN 311Art + Design Laboratory I3
ADN 319Animation I3
ADN 411Art + Design Laboratory II3
ADN 419Creative Technology Studio I3
ADN 481Drawing II3
ADN 492Special Topics in Art + Design1-3
ADN 592Graduate Art + Design Special Topics1-6
ARC 251Digital Representation3
FTM 271Computer-Aided Textile Design3
ID 110Introduction to Digital Techniques3
ID 210Intermediate Digital Techniques3
ID 310Advanced Digital Techniques3

Drawing Elective

ADN 411Art + Design Laboratory II3
ADN 481Drawing II3
ADN 492Special Topics in Art + Design1-3
ARC 251Digital Representation3
ID 216Visualization I3
ID 316Visualization II3

Art History or Design History Elective

ADN 475Pre-Industrial World Textiles3
ADN 492Special Topics in Art + Design1-3
ADN 575Pre-Industrial World Textiles3
ARC 242History of Western Architecture3
GD 203History of Graphic Design3
HA 201History of Art from Caves to the Renaissance3
HA 202History of Art From the Renaissance Through the 20th Century3
HA 298Special Topics in Art History3
ID 244History of Industrial Design3
LAR 444History of Landscape Architecture3

Design Advised Core

ADN 224Digital Motion3
ADN 226Sequential Imaging3
ADN 272Introduction to Printing and Surface Design3
ADN 273Fibers Materials and Processes3
ADN 276Soft Construction I: Sewing3
ADN 319Animation I3
ADN 414Color and Light3
ADN 423Digital Modeling3
ADN 480Creative Technology Studio III:6

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
D 100 Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes 3
D 104 First Year Studio I 1,2 6
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
ADN 219 Digital Imaging I 1 3
Spring Semester
D 105 First Year Studio II 1,2 6
MA 111 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry 3
ADN 281 Drawing I 1 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Second Year
Fall Semester
ADN 202 Design Studio: Art & Design in Context 1,2 6
ADN Advised Elective - Drawing 3
Advanced Writing 3
GEP Mathematical Sciences 3
Spring Semester
ADN 204 Art + Design Sophomore Studio Spring 1,2 6
ADN Advised Elective - Digital Media 3
History of Art, History of Design 3
GEP Natural Sciences 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
International Experience recommended 3
Design Studio 1,2 6
GEP Natural Sciences 4
Design Advised Core 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
Free Elective 2
Spring Semester
Design Studio 1,2 6
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP Humanities 3
ADN 418 Contemporary Issues in Art and Design 1 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Design Studio 1,2 6
Design Advised Core 3
ADN 493 Art and Design Senior Lecture 1,2 3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
Spring Semester
Design Studio 1,2 6
Design Elective 3
GEP Humanities 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Total Hours120

A grade of C- or higher is required.


No more than six-credit-hours of studio may be taken in any semester. No more than one non-ADN studio course can fulfill the studio requirement.


The Spring semester of Junior year opens the opportunity to fulfill the College’s International Experience requirement. Please consult your advisor and the Department Head.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology range from independent artist-designers to corporate level art-design directors. Graduates of this department are currently working in fields such as software design, multimedia, illustration, textile design, fashion and apparel design, art and design education, photography, filmmaking, special effects-digital, set design, exhibition design, museum education, public art and entrepreneurs.