The Digital Art and Media Program

Digital Art and Media provides students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills related to graphic design and video and animation. The major is divided into two tracks both tracks take a series of introductory courses that build drawing, design, and technical skills. From there, the graphic design concentration focuses on print and still images. The video and animation concentration examines the practical and theoretical elements of moving images. Faculty are practitioners and bring their experience to the classroom.

What Can I Do With a Major in Digital Art and Media?

The Digital Art and Media major can lead to careers in:

  • Book illustration
  • Character design
  • Videography
  • Web design
  • App design
  • Video editing
  • Video and print editorial
  • Instructional video
  • Documentary film making
  • Advertising
  • New media art
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Results

Digital Art and Media majors learn to understand discipline-based concepts such as composition, expression and iconography, are able to offer constructive criticism to their peers, acquire basic facility in a broad range of media and research methods and become familiar with career paths. Experiential learning is available on campus at the Saint Vincent College Gallery, the Foster and Muriel McCarl Collection of 19th-century American coverlets, and an extensive collection of art on view throughout the College. Museums and galleries in Greensburg and Pittsburgh are easily accessible. Our students are not just viewers; they are makers and scholars, prepared for a range of careers in the digital design field.

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Digital Art and Media Major Requirements

Required courses:
AR 130 Drawing I
AR 223 Drawing and Illustration for Design
AR 330 Digital Photo and Post-Production
AR 340 Visual Story Telling
CA 100 Introduction to Mass Media
CA 130 Introduction to Digital Media
CA 285 Digital Layout and Design
CA 435 Digital Media Professional    

Digital Art and Media students who choose the Graphic Design concentration also take:
AR 101 or 102 Caves to Cathedrals or Art History II: Baroque to Present
AR 334 Typography
CA 235 Web Design
CA 325 Digital Deliberation and Remix
CA 301 Sports and Retail Branding

Digital Art and Media students who choose the Video and Animation concentration also take:
CA 200 Film Studies
CA 255 Documentary Studies
CA 309 Advanced Digital Editing
AR 3D Modeling
AR Animation

Electives include:
AR 139 Outside the Box: Package Design
CA 251 Media Effects
AR 240 Sculpture I
AR 338 Printmaking I
CA 230 Writing for Media
CA 270 Children’s Books on Film
AR / CA 550 Internship

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Prerequisites

A portfolio review is required for admission to the Digital Art and Media major. 

Please contact Ben Schachter, Chairperson, M.F.A./M.S., art history and studio art, for portfolio requirements.

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Student Work and Research in Digital Art and Media

Outside of the classroom, digital art and media students at Saint Vincent College have a variety of opportunities to refine and display their skills. Digital Art and Media internships are available on- and off campus, while the student club MAD COMM helps other on-campus clubs and organization to refine their visual presence.

The capstone project for Digital Art and Media majors is a senior exhibition in The Saint Vincent Gallery, where they will curate and hang an exhibition of their work alongside other graduating art majors. The senior exhibitions take place during your last spring semester at Saint Vincent College, and are a great way to show off your work.

Internships and Careers in Digital Art and Media

Internships are crucial when preparing for a career in digital art and media. Students are highly encouraged to take internship positions and to gain experience before graduating. 

Students work closely with the Saint Vincent College Career and Professional Development Center as well as college alumni to find the perfect internships for their needs.

Recent digital art and media graduates at Saint Vincent College have gone on to start successful careers in the field. Former students now work at prestigious organizations like the Pittsburgh Penguins, American Eagle and Penguin Random, along with various regional and national marketing agencies.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Students will:

    • analyze the artistic styles of the Western tradition and at least one style from the non-western traditions.
    • apply vocabulary related to making art and the application of design.
    • use a variety of materials and techniques, including digital tools.
    • apply professional standards of exhibition, presentation and portfolio development.
    • develop personal style or artistic process and when appropriate adapt to the needs of the workplace or client.