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DIGITAL ART AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Do you care about design elements like color, font, and symmetry? Interested in creating designs that communicate strong, clear, and accessible messages that attract attention? The Digital Art and Graphic Design program merges creative thinking with technical skills, giving you the visual communications skills in demand in marketing, advertising, social media, theatrical production, and online publishing careers. Explore how to assess your audience and design for the proper channels to meet your audience wherever they are. This program can be taken either as a concentration or as a minor and easily pairs with other programs to set yourself up for careers in marketing, communications, social media, theatre, and publishing. 

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Course Offerings

Because of the small class sizes at Elmira College, you’ll get individual attention from your professors while learning design techniques and how to use the latest software, including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools. You’ll learn the fundamentals of how to design content that is accessible and attractive to your audience, skills that are in high demand among employers. This versatile program is designed to pair well with our Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Marketing programs.  

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Students work on digital photography around the city

Students work on a graphic design project

 

Program Requirements

Courses and Credit Hours

Digital Art and Graphic Design Concentration

Required Courses:
ART 2200 Electronic Art Studio 3.0
ART 3460 Designing Digital Content 3.0
FAR 3010 Digital Studio: Art without Borders 3.0

Elective Courses - choose two from the following (6 credits):
ART 1240 Intro Printmaking, Etching and Relief 3.0
ART 1280 Computer Imaging and Graphic Design 3.0
ART 2000 Video Art 3.0
ART 2359 Product Design 3.0
ART 3400 Digital 3D Modeling 3.0
FAR 2905 Crafting the Vision: Photo and Writing Workshop 3.0
THE 2120 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3.0
THE 2101 Stage Lighting and Sound Design 3.0

Minor:

Required Courses:
ART 2200 Electronic Art Studio 3.0  


Electives - choose five from the following (15 credits):
ART 1210 Drawing I 3.0
ART 1240 Intro Printmaking, Etching and Relief 3.0
ART 1250 Photography I 3.0
ART 1280 Computer Imaging and Graphic Design 3.0
ART 2000 Video Art 3.0
ART 3460 Designing Digital Content 3.0
THE 2101 Stage Lighting and Sound Design 3.0
THE 2120 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3.0
ART 2359 Product Design 3.0
FAR 2905 Crafting the Vision: A Photo and Writing Workshop 3.0
FAR 3010 Digital Studio: Art without Borders 3.0
ARH 4590 Seminar in Art Criticism (WRT course) 3.0

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered some of the questions we hear the most so you can get the answers right away.

What career opportunities are there in Digital Art and Graphic Design? 

This program is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a graphic design graduate program and, ultimately, a graphic design career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median pay for graphic designers in 2020 was $53,380, above the national average. You can also pair this program with other programs that will set you up for marketing, communications, social media, theatre, and publishing careers.

What internship opportunities are available to art majors at Elmira?

Art students have a number of internship opportunities at Elmira. Recently, EC students have completed internships with the Arnot Art Museum (in Elmira, walking distance from the College), The Rockwell Museum, National Soaring Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Chemung County Historical Society, Community Arts of Elmira (in Elmira, walking distance from the College), and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Does Elmira offer study abroad?

Yes! Many Term III courses offered have an art and culture component focusing on art museums, architecture, and public monuments. All students may take Term III trips that include the arts specific to the country they visit. For example, in 2019, a group of Elmira students studied abroad in Greece and Rome. Over the four-week trip, students explored various monuments and museums in Rome, Athens, Mycenae, Delphi, Olympia, and the island of Crete.

Will I have access to design software?

Yes! Students have full-campus access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools, which are the industry standards.