The Fine Arts Program of the College of Arts and Sciences is offered in two areas: computer graphics and graphic design. Both lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
A distinguished faculty of practicing artists and designers expose the student to a meaningful and rigorous academic experience that fosters creative exploration, critical thinking, refined craftsmanship, and professional development as they prepare for their art and design careers. Admission is competitive. Fine Arts applicants are required to submit a portfolio of previous artwork in which samples are evaluated for artistic skills, potential, and overall presentation.
All curriculums are designed to increase student awareness of the entire field of visual arts. Prior to specialized study, each area requires the same first-year foundation curriculum which establishes principles of artistic concepts through emphasis on color, design, drawing, motion, time, and visual presentation. In addition, foundation courses provide an art historical and theoretical context. This is followed by a focused course of study that allows students to refine their crafts in areas of computer graphics/animation and graphic design.
The Department of Fine Arts' facility promotes the synthesis of technological tools and artistic expression. In the classroom and art media labs, students use state-of-the-art hardware, as well as a wide variety of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and graphics software applications. Advanced tools, including motion capture, gaming, 3D printing, and emerging technologies, are considered among the most advanced in the metropolitan area.
In addition to receiving an academically rich course experience, the student of fine arts will be introduced to practical concerns related to the professions of computer graphics and graphic design. This takes place through the integration of industry-driven content into the classroom in the forms of real-world projects, internships, site visits, and industry presentations. Fine Arts students’ academic research is further enhanced with multi-disciplinary, practical, and global experiences in the context of NYIT’s diverse regional and international communities.
Curriculum Requirements for the BFA in Computer Graphics (NYIT Catalog)
Graphic design as an industry has become a significant growth area worldwide. With the rapid changes taking hold in the way business and advertising is being conducted today, it is no wonder that experts have targeted graphic design as the profession to manage and deliver the volume of information which is exponentially produced and consumed.
The new graphic designers must be able to design and direct a multitude of media without being lost in the avalanche. The graphic design sequence of courses prepares our students to accept the challenge by integrating and interpreting the language and syntax of visualization within emerging technology. This knowledge and skill has become the current entry level requirement of the industry. NYIT students will be well prepared at their first employment interview with professionally prepared portfolios, both physical and digital.
The graphic design major will take courses in areas including advertising, currency, editorial, information graphics, logo/branding, layout, motion graphics, packaging, typography, and web/interactive design.
Curriculum requirements for the BFA in Graphic Design (NYIT Catalog)
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