Outcome Objectives of the Digital and Studio Arts Program      

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:

  1. Students will understand the fundamentals of visual communication, including the development and placement of focal points, the principles of effective composition, and the uses of color.

  2. Students will know the history of art and visual communication, from the pre-historical and ancient roots to post-modern eras, including major artists, classic works, and significant art movements.

  3. Students will understand the foundations of effective graphic design, including format, the elements of line, type, shape, and texture, and the principles of structure, including balance, contrast, unity, value, and color.

  4. Students will know the uses, capabilities, limitations of a variety of art media in two and three dimensions, from traditional drawing tools to digital images and photography, clay, and computer drawing tools.

  5. Students will apply drawing principles: the accurate perception of object proportions, linear contours, negative and positive spaces, values of light and dark, and rules of perspective and will develop advanced drawing skills in the traditional fields of figure drawing and portraiture, still life, and landscape.

  6. Students will become proficient in industry standard graphic arts computer software such as Adobe’s Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

  7. Students will analyze and evaluate both their own artwork and the artwork of their fellow students and art professionals in a continual effort to develop their own artistic projects and gain mastery of creative processes, from idea development to successful execution and engagement with an audience.

  8. Students will understand and apply the skills of a professional art career with an eye toward serving usefully in a variety of evolving industries.