Northern's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with digital media emphasis offers outstanding educational opportunities in graphic design, interactive design and other new media.
About The Program
The BFA in digital media degree program prepares you to excel in highly technical areas of art and design, including:
- Commercial photography
- Video production and editing
- Web design and programming
- 2D animation
- Graphic design
- Product/packaging design
It's the perfect gateway to attending graduate school for a master of fine arts degree (MFA) or doctorate in art education degree.
A BFA in digital media offers a rich selection of upper-level courses to enhance your academic experience and professional potential. In this program, you'll engage intensely with your art and design practice while being immersed in technological advancements and art history. In your final year, you'll take your first steps into the industry through career planning in the senior capstone course; upper-level media courses; and optional internship opportunities. The capstone course requires a portfolio, thesis, public exhibition, and career mentoring.
The program offers three areas of emphasis:
- Interactive media such as animation, video, and web
- Graphic design and static media such as corporate identity, digital imaging, digital illustration, and photography
- New Media, the intersection of traditional studio arts and digital media
With a solid foundation gained early in the program followed by challenging classes with a focus on your individual interests, you'll have plenty of time and opportunity to grow your design practice before entering the workforce.
The field of digital media is diverse, ranging from education to print/static design to interactive, web, and/or video occupations. A BFA in digital media presents several potential career paths, including graphic designer, art director, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker, web designer, arts manager, independent designer, and video editor.
According to Americans for the Arts, 72 percent of all employers say that creativity and critical thinking are necessary characteristics of business leaders and that creativity is the No. 1 skill they seek when hiring.
The art department offers a variety of competitive, merit-based awards. Scholarship assistance requires strong academic performance, minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrated potential for academic and career success. Scholarships also are available for minority students and students who excel in specific art disciplines or media.
“Creating this art exhibit has been a lot of work. I’ve hung pieces at local galleries all around Aberdeen, but until now I had never hung up an entire exhibit like this one. In creating this exhibit, I decided to marry my two greatest passions—art and literature. Every piece of the exhibit is inspired by some of my favorite authors and pieces of literature. Some of my favorite pieces within the exhibit include a series of acrylic pours inspired by ‘The Bells’ by Edgar Allan Poe and a large canvas that I did inspired by the Bible. As someone who grew up in Aberdeen, it has been really cool to build my portfolio around people who have known me since I was little and know how much I’ve grown in my four years here. As I begin to transition into student teaching and after this year becoming a teacher myself, I am confident that I will excel at whatever the next chapter in my life holds.” – Katie Olson, whose senior exhibit “Visual Lit” will be in the Beulah Williams Library until Dec. 14. #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU
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M.F.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
B.A., Augustana College
I have exhibited my artwork in regional and national venues for more than 25 years, with works in the Knight-Ridder Collection, South Dakota State Art Collection, Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara) and numerous private collections.
M.F.A. Digital Filmmaking - University of Central Arkansas
M.S. Instructional Design & Technology - Emporia State University
B.G.S. Special Major: Digital Film & Computer Production - University of Kansas
Originally from Northeast Kansas, Knowles is an award-winning filmmaker who teaches courses in digital media, web and interface design, and motion graphics at Northern. At other institutions, he developed and facilitated in-person and online classes in filmmaking, live-streaming/broadcasting, 3D animation, media writing, and podcasting/audio production.
Jason's media production interests include writing and directing screenplays with strong female lead characters whose journeys transcend the genres of action-adventure films, science…