The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Digital Media & Design

B.S. in Digital Media and Design

Class with David WeischerIn today’s fast-paced digital environment, you can either be pulled along by external forces or you can actively shape your experience. Our Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media and Design combines fundamentals of production skills in video, photography, design, and programming with the ability to understand and analyze how these skills transform our culture.

Our students have an opportunity to study with instructors with a varied set of skills and experiences. Students get hands-on training in photography (camera work, lighting, large format printing, post-production), video (storyboarding, short film creation, color grading, editing), digital fabrication (3D printers, CNC, laser cutting), programming for the web and IOT (client-side and server side programming, connecting to sensors in the physical world), graphics (from layout design to illustration), among many other skillsets.

Students in this unique program will learn to master emerging technologies as well as develop creative critical thinking skills. This combination of technology and creativity helps students find their own aesthetic voices, preparing them for success in the fields of communication and culture creation.

Facilities & Equipment

  • Six computer labs
  • Fabrication lab: 3D printers, CNC, laser cutting
  • Illustration Tablets
  • Lighting Studio
  • Sound Booth
  • Printing Lab with printer up to 44 inches
  • Media Center
    • Over 80 DSLR cameras
    • Professional Lenses
    • Over 100 Video Cameras
    • Video & Photography Grip (Tripods, Sliders, Jibs, Gimbal, LED Lighting, and more)
    • Sound Recorders
    • Professional Strobe Lighting

Admissions

No portfolio required.
Apply at www.uky.edu/admission/freshman

Transfer students:
www.uky.edu/admission/transfer

Professional Paths

Our students are positioned to be change agents in the marketplace. Career paths may include: commercial photography, documentary videography, film production, graphic design, web design and development, professional printmaking, animation and fabrication. Innovative capstone courses allow students to interface their professional choices while enrolled in the degree.

Degree Requirements & Course Information

Always be sure to check the full major requirements on the current UK Registrar Bulletin. The details listed below are simplified for brevity and presented for your convenience.

College Requirements
6 credit hours
UK Core Requirements
30 credit hours

Foundations Requirements

A-S 101 Creative Practices in Art Studio
1 credit hour
A-S 001 Foundation Exhibition
0 credit hours
A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface
3 credit hours
A-S 130 Drawing
3 credit hours
A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space, and Time
3 credit hours
A-S 285 Lens Arts
3 credit hours
Choose one Art History & Visual Studies course & one additional course from approved list
3 credit hours

Major Requirements

Studio Requirements

A minimum of nine art studio courses at the 300 level or above, of which at least six are digital-based (Printmedia, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Video, Web-based Art, 3D Fabrication, among others)
27 credit hours

Career Pathway Core

A-S 547 Digital Media Projects Capstone
3 credit hours
A-S 585 Industry Pathways and Practice
3 credit hours
ART 301 Professional Practices (GCCR)
3 credit hours

Art History/Visual Culture

At least 6 hours of art history, visual studies, film history or theory at or above the 300 level from approved list
6 credit hours

Required Outside Concentration

In addition to the major requirements, each student with the approval of his or her academic advisor will select a minimum of 18 credits in related course work in an outside area of concentration, of which 12 hours must be from a single discipline or focused area, such as Film Studies, Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, Media Arts, Business, etc. & at the 300 level or above.
18 credit hours
Electives
6 credit hours

Total: 121 credit hours

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