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Albright College to Offer New Major In Digital Studio Art Beginning Fall 2013



July 9, 2013

Reading, Pa. – Integrating technology into the creative process, Albright College’s new Digital Studio Art major will empower students in their pursuits in the fine and commercial arts.

The interdisciplinary major, a joint offering from Albright’s Digital Media Department and Art Department, begins this fall. Its primary aim is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in applying the elements and principles of design in the use of digital media as well as the media of the visual arts, including drawing, painting and sculpture.

Graduates of the Digital Studio Art program will be well equipped for careers in graphic design and illustration; communications administration; gallery website design and image retouching; animation; kinetic typography; and motion graphic arts.

Coursework will help students develop a comprehensive understanding in media theories that will assist them in creating integrated products in digital artworks and digital environments. They will put those theories into practice through specialized courses in writing, digital and visually artistic production, illustration and design, and research. They will have opportunities to apply their knowledge through work with campus media and internships with regional cultural and educational institutions, publications and agencies.

Over the years a number of students at the College have co-majored in digital media and art. However, with this new integrated major, students will be better prepared for careers in the field.

“This interdisciplinary study provides skills that include an understanding of various digital and visual means of communication and information affording students the opportunity to integrate new communicative visual art practices into their liberal arts education,” said Richard Hamwi, chair of the Art Department.

The Digital Studio Art major is grounded in theory, visual communication, social impact and industry practice. It provides practical experience in writing and visual communication, design and production.

The curriculum comprises 12 courses in art, digital media, and design history and theory. There is also a capstone senior seminar in which students work with faculty members to create a portfolio that showcases their work and demonstrates both critical thinking and aesthetic qualities.

Albright is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls 1,650 undergraduates in traditional programs, and another 600 adult students in accelerated degree and graduate programs.