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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media
 

Digital Design BFA Emphasis

Course Descriptions


Digital Design Logo FA 2405 Introduction to Digital Design
A project-based exploration of the design potentials of vector, raster and motion based digital media. Through project critiques, discussion and demonstrations students will create projects that examine technology as an art medium and a design strategy.

FA 2415 Typography Studio
A studio course that teaches principles of typography and organization that are the foundation of design and artistic practice. Through drawing, editing, arranging and moving typographic forms students will create projects that examine how typography is used to create meaning.

FA 3330 Topics in Design
Presented in multiple formats including seminars, lectures and studio, this course offers topics specializing in design technologies, theories, processes and experimentation. Course titles are unique and changing semester to semester.

FA 3410 Design Studio
In a design laboratory students learn to turn ideas into visual solutions through the application of design principles. Through lectures, writings, readings, discussion and critiques of projects assigned, students will build visual literacy in relation to digital design.

FA 3414 Motion Design
A workshop devoted to understanding time based imagery that focuses on utilizing video and motion graphics as a creative communication tool. Students will create projects that explore topics using video, animation, time and motion using non-linear digital editing software.

FA 3424 Interactive Media
A workshop exploring how interactive media can be used to convey a message and deliver information. Through critiques of projects, discussion and research, students will learn principles of user interface design, aesthetics and structure and their potential cultural impact.

FA 3428 Design Studio II
In a studio environment students will develop advanced projects using animation, interactivity, and motion graphics to create innovative solutions to design problems. Students will learn to apply design theory to practice through discussion, critiques and assigned projects throughout the semester.

FA 3434 3D Motion Studio
A workshop devoted to 3D as a medium for creating works of art. Through demonstrations, discussions, readings and project based explorations students will learn to navigate and create in the 3D digital environment.

FA 3438 Text, Image and Electronic Art
A workshop-laboratory devoted to examining advanced concepts concerning the role of image and text within time-based and interactive media in design/artistic practices. Through creative investigations, readings and discussions students consider the new and expanding roles of text and image within the electronic sphere.

FA 3441 Narrative Experience
A workshop-laboratory that focuses on narrative structure and its ability to create, control and manipulate viewer and user- experience. Through creative explorations students will examine issues of narrative, identity, reception and audience, and private/public space and develop approaches to creating user-centered works of art and design.

FA 3444 Interactive Media II
An intense workshop-laboratory devoted to using interactivity as a medium for communicating ideas and information. Through creative investigations, readings and discussions students will create projects that explore active viewer participation using vector and raster animation, nonlinear editing, and 3-dimensional animation.

FA 3454 Motion Design II
An intense workshop-laboratory devoted to using time and motion as a medium for communicating ideas and information. Through creative investigations, readings and discussions students will explore linkages between non-linear editing, animation, and 3-dimensional animation as used in motion graphics.

FA 4350 Topics in Design
Presented in multiple formats including seminars, lectures and studio, this course offers topics specializing in design technologies, theories, processes and experimentation. Course titles are unique and changing semester to semester.

FA 4400 Design Studio III
Set up as a collaborative studio course, students learn to identify problems in the cultural and urban environment and design solutions that address those problems. Through discovery and research students will learn how design can be a catalyst for change.

FA 4434 Virtual Landscapes
In a studio environment students will explore place in relation to contemporary digital art practice. Through readings, lectures and production of projects assigned, students will create work that addresses the natural, urban and virtual environment.

FA 4480 The Practice of Design.
Through lectures, studio visits and research, students will engage the profession and examine the role of the artist as designer. Projects will focus on resume writing, interview techniques, portfolios and general business practices to prepare students for entering the profession or post-graduates studies.

FA 4632 Media History and Aesthetics
This survey class will present the current and historic impact of media technology on the arts and professional design practice. Through lectures, research and discussion students will become familiar with issues specific to digital media and design.

FA 4495 Design Studio IV
Through critique, research, writing and discussion, students will critically explore a topic and develop professional quality visual solutions. Students will create work that expresses their personal artistic vision in relationship to significant contemporary and historical artists and practice.

To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer): 

While the Visual Arts Department currently accepts applications for the Spring and Summer semesters, students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start.  This is due to the fact that the majority of the first-semester courses are offered in Fall semesters only.  The Visual Arts majors are highly sequenced and pre-requisites are strictly enforced.  Students who begin in the Spring and Summer semesters may find that their required courses are not offered until the Fall semester. 

For more information and program details contact:

Prof. Brian Delevie
303.556.2626
brian.delevie@ucdenver.edu
www.briandelevie.com

Prof. Bryan Leister
303.352.3710
bryan.leister@ucdenver.edu
www.bryanleister.com

Prof. Michelle Carpenter
303-556-6781
Michelle.Carpenter@ucdenver.edu
http://www.michellecarpenter.net

To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer): 

Admission into the BFA Digital Design emphasis or the Digital Design minor is by portfolio review. This review process occurs April 1st or November 1st (or on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday) during a student’s sophomore year after a student has met the following eligibility criteria:

University of Colorado Denver Students

  • You are seeking admission to the Digital Design Program.
  • You have completed, or are in the process of completing, the following Foundation Studio classes:  FA 1100 Drawing I , FA 1400 2-D Design, FA 2015 Intermedia Foundations, FA 2405 Intro to Digital Design and FA 2415 Typography (FA 2405 and FA 2415 should be taken after a student’s freshman year and are offered only in fall semester).
  • A cumulative Fine Arts GPA of 2.75.

Transfer Students

  • You are a Transfer Student (not yet enrolled at UC Denver) seeking admission to the Digital Design Program.
  • You have completed, and are transferring, a minimum of 24 credit hours from a previous institution.
  • You have completed, or are in the process of completing, the equivalents of the following Foundation Studio classes:  FA 1100 Drawing I, FA 1400 2-D Design, FA 2405 Intro to Digital Design and FA 2415 Typography.
  • A cumulative Fine Arts GPA of 2.75.

Students who are applying for entrance into the Digital Design emphasis or minor are required to submit a portfolio that consists of (1) a written statement, (2) a designed portfolio on CD-ROM or DVD and (3) unofficial transcript(s) from all previous post-secondary education institutions with the understanding that Digital Design is a fall start program.  Upon acceptance you will earn access to upper-division Digital Design classes.
 
Those applying to the minor (and not the major) are not required to complete FA 1100, FA 1400 or FA 2015 (or their college-level equivalents), but they must show equivalent studio work in their application portfolio.
 
Please see the PDF below regarding specific portfolio requirements and program information, or contact the Digital Design Area Head Brian DeLevie at brian.delevie@ucdenver.edu.

Beginning Fall 2010 , the Visual Arts Department will accept Fall applications only.  The deadline to apply for the Fall 2010 semester will be April 1, 2010; however, students are encouraged to submit applications by February 15, 2010.

Digital Design Advising Sheet for 09-10 and Sample Schedule

Digital Design Advising Sheet for 08-09 and Sample Schedule

PDF flyer describing this program is available for download and printing

Digital Design Curriculum

2009 Digital Portfolio Review Requirements for Freshmen

2009 Digital Portfolio Review Requirements for Transfer Students

Portfolios may be delivered to the Department of Visual Arts Administrative Assistant in room 815D in the CU building or mailed to the following address:

University of Colorado Denver
Attn: Digital Design Portfolio
Campus Box 177, PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217

Any questions regarding applications to the Digital Design program can be directed to Brian DeLevie – brian.delevie@ucdenver.edu

Transmedia Emphasis - new for fall 2008 (PDF flyer describing this program)

Transmedia Emphasis Curriculum

More questions? Contact a CAM advisor for further information.