Communication Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts

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About the Program

Students in Communication Arts explore the powerful and timeless relationship between art and narrative through drawing. If you’d like to be a character designer for film or video games, an illustrator for print or digital publishing, a comic book artist, or a scientific illustrator – this could be the major for you.

As a sophomore, you’ll broaden your artistic skills and conceptual understandings with courses in figure drawing, 3D modeling, visual studies of design, typography and the history of visual communication.

As a junior, you’ll explore and expand your interests with courses in digital drawing, concept drawing, sequential imaging, advanced 3D imaging and mixed-media illustration. And as a senior, you’ll refine your personal studio methods, develop expertise in your focus area, organize a portfolio and prepare for professional opportunities.

During your time in the program, you can explore your artistic interests with electives on comic book design, imagery for children, color theory, video game design, advanced 3D modeling, and advanced observational drawing.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Imagery for Children
  • 3D Modeling for Concept Design
  • Color Theory
  • Game Design, Theory and Practice
  • Imagery for Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The Figure in Illustration

Our alumni are:

  • Editorial illustrators
  • 3D modelers and animators
  • Game designers
  • Interactive media designers
  • Fine artists

The program has mandatory technology requirements for all students. The computer and accessory specifics can be found here, under: Second Year Students – Communication Arts.

Communication Arts student in shop

art foundation

The Art Foundation program (AFO) is the required first year for all undergraduate programs in the visual art and design departments. It provides you with an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. AFO is designed to help you foster an enthusiasm for your work and the means to reflect analytically and critically. Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual arts and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

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