This degree acknowledges the multidisciplinary nature of communication in a time when the experimental nature of art and the rapid development of media technologies intersect to create dynamic opportunities for the production of meaning and experience.
Utilizing the combined strengths of the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Communication Design, and the Department of Computer Science, students develop the conceptual and technical skills required of fine artists using the diverse and evolving palette of new media. Studio practice integrates electronic media in the context of historical, cultural and critical studies.
Individual patterns prepare students for specialized learning in one of three areas of artistic focus. Each pattern stresses creative, analytical, technical and personal development in preparation for lifelong artistic and professional practice as an artist and communicator.
INTERMEDIA STUDIO PATTERN: 48 units
Focused integration of traditional fine art media and electronic media. Specialization within this pattern may include: photography/digital imaging, digital painting, digital printmaking, sculpture, installation, public art, and performance works. Conceptual development and studio practice involves integrating vocabularies and production techniques from a diverse palette of artistic methodologies and tools. Intermedia Studio is an interdisciplinary collaboration within the Department of Art and Art History.
MULTIMEDIA STUDIO PATTERN: 48 units
The creation and production of interactive multimedia as Fine Art. Artists working in multimedia employ the elements of imagery, text, animation, video, sound and interactive audience participation. Theories of both the fine artist and communication designer are applied to facilitate innovative and alternative forms of expression that shape our experience in the world. Studio practice involves the artist as author, producer and production specialist. Publishing platforms include CD/DVD and the WWW. Multimedia Studio is a collaboration between the Department of Communication Design and the Department of Art and Art History.
COMPUTER ANIMATION STUDIO PATTERN: 48 units
3D computer animation. This interdisciplinary pattern incorporates a solid understanding of the science of Computer Graphics and the visualization skills required of the creative animator. Studio practice integrates traditional and digital imagemaking skills with the conceptualization and production of meaningful pictorial and narrative experiences. The Computer Animation Studio pattern includes a professional level internship. Computer Animation Studio is a collaboration between the Applied Computer Graphics Program and the Department of Art and Art History.
Each year BFA Electronic Arts Students produce:
chico.art.net, an international juried exhibition of art created for the Internet and
International Shorts, an evening of short works in video and animation, screened each May at The University Film Series