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The B.F.A in Communication Arts is for students interested in narrative illustration and entertainment design; students will explore the powerful and timeless relationship between art and narrative through drawing.

In the sophomore year, students will expand their artistic skills and conceptual understandings with courses in figure drawing, 3D modeling, visual studies of design, typography and the history of visual communication. In the junior year, students will build upon the sophomore experience with courses in digital drawing, concept drawing, sequential imaging, advanced 3D imaging and mixed-media illustration. In the senior year, students will refine their personal studio methods, develop expertise in their areas of focus, organize a portfolio and prepare for professional opportunities.

Student learning outcomes

  • Communication arts core outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in drawing, including the figure.
  • Students will demonstrate conceptual and critical thinking.
  • Students will articulate conceptual and visual ideas to communicate content.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in the use of traditional media.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in the use of digital media and emerging technologies.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the historical and current context of communication arts.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical and professional practices.