Digital Arts Program

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The Digital Arts program at UNCW is an interdisciplinary major lying at the intersection of Art and Computer Science. Students in this program will be trained to have a deep understanding of both individual fields as well as the fusion of the two. You will develop technical, aesthetic, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Curricular Options

Students interested in this field have several options for pursuing Digital Arts curriculum, including majoring through our new B.A. program. Those interested in combining Digital Arts with another primary field of study may pursue a minor. Computer Science majors also have the option of choosing a Digital Arts concentration in their degree program.

Digital Arts Major

The B.A. in Digital Arts is designed to prepare students to work in computer-art and design-related fields such as mobile-application and web design, game development, visual effects, film, interactive media, and other emerging opportunities at the cross-section of computer technology and the arts. Students will also acquire the background needed to pursue research at the graduate level in areas such as graphics, virtual reality, simulation, and human-computer interaction.

The program steps students through fundamentals in programming, art history, mathematics, data visualization, and elements of art. It then continues to the more application-specific areas of graphic design, web development, computer graphics, animation, and interactive-media programming. Digital Arts educational objectives focus on equipping students with an interdisciplinary understanding of aesthetics, design, programming, and graphics to succeed in today’s digital art and media application development fields.

Major Concentration Options

There are two concentrations for the major:

Mobile Application and Web Development

Focus is on software development for mobile devices and web applications for both server-side or client-side processing, user interface design issues of contexts, screen, input, and functionality.

Interactive Graphics

Focus is on designing interactive user experiences and 3D graphics for applications such as virtual/augmented reality, 3D animation, games, movie animation, data visualization and digital art.