BFA Digital Media Design

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program are immersed in an educational environment that prepares them for becoming design professionals. They will join a community of established, progressive designers who will mentor and guide them through their studies. During their studies design students will be introduced to media companies, non-profit organizations, design studios, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

This 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses of study within the realm of digital media design. With experienced, professional designers as faculty and mentors, students are taught current design industry practices and will engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture, and business, culminating in a two-semester thesis project in the senior year.

Digital Media Design students focus on developing skills in motion design, including digital 2-D and 3-D animation, motion graphics, digital video, and live-action production. Professional faculty members—professional 3-D animators and motion designers—teach students skills in designing and producing kinetic sequences for TV and film. Projects for TV and film include network-identity packages, live-action production sequences, movie and TV title credits, commercial motion graphics, sound design, 3-D modeling, 3-D animation, and character design.

In addition, Digital Media Design students learn technical skill sets and project workflow such as concept ideation, storyboarding, style frames, narrative structure, digital animation, rendering, and production. By the end of the program, students develop professional presentation skills, a strong portfolio, and a resume. Intimate classroom settings and detailed critical feedback provide students with conceptual, technological, and communication tools to excel as working professionals in the fast-paced and competitive TV and film industry. View the Digital Media Design students' animation and motion graphics reel at: http://vimeo.com/52308040.

The majority of design courses in this program take place on the Corcoran's campus in Georgetown, one of Washington, D.C.'s most historic neighborhoods. In addition to benefiting from a top-notch educational opportunity, Corcoran students are surrounded by Georgetown's 18th and 19th century federalist architecture, boutique design firms, galleries, shops, parks, and a wide range of historic and contemporary sites. The Corcoran's Undergraduate Design Department student body is international with students from numerous countries. Our international students are from South Korea, Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Latin America, and Sweden. Our American students are from the west coast, east coast, and mid-west. Our international student body learns and develops together in an intimate and collaborative studio educational environment.

Curriculum

As in other undergraduate design programs at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the curriculum for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program focuses on design processes, methods, communication strategies, and professional skill sets.
In addition to a robust offering of academic courses, digital media design students have the opportunity to participate in real-world projects like the Corcoran's Design Lab. In the Corcoran's Design Lab, students work with museum professionals to brand and design NEXT, the annual senior thesis exhibition.

Year 1 Courses

      • Art History I + II

      • Writing I + II

      • Design Fundamentals I

      • Design Fundamentals II

      • Foundation Studio I + II


Years 2, 3, and 4 Courses

      • Design Studios I + II

      • Digital Media Design Junior Design Studios III + IV

      • Typography I, II, III, + IV

      • Digital Media Design Senior Thesis I + II

      • Professional Practices for Designers

      • 20th Century Modern Art

      • Contemporary Culture

      • Digital Media Culture

      • History of Design

      • Humanities I + II

Sample Studio Elective Courses

      • Frame by Frame Animation

      • Sound Design

      • Digital Illustration for Designers I + II

      • Entertainment Design: Movie Key Art

      • Motion Graphics: After Effects I, II, III + IV

      • Time Based Media & Animation: Cinema 4D I, II, + III

Courses subject to change.

 

Careers and Internships

With the quickly changing and burgeoning world of technology, the field of digital media design offers a wide range of professional opportunities, allowing for truly unique career paths.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design students gain real-world experience through internships and job opportunities at established companies such as Prologue Films, Native Design, A52, Elastic.TV, iStrategy Labs, Expedia Inc., Capacity, MBC Group, Big Block, Inc., Big Machine Design, Apple, National Geographic, Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek, NBC, PBS, Capacity, Conde Nast, Chronicle Books, AKQA, Landor, and Gallagher & Associates.

Professional job opportunities and experiences have taken the Corcoran's digital media design students nationally and internationally to companies in California, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Dubai, Japan, London, and Saudi Arabia.

Possible careers in digital media design include:

      • Animator

      • Motion Designer

      • Storyboard Artist/Designer

      • Live Action Producer

      • TV and Film Director

      • Digital Video Producer

Graphic Design/Digital Media Design Faculty

Antonio Alcalá
Adjunct Faculty

Robin Bell
Adjunct Faculty

Jessica Bonness
Adjunct Faculty

John Carmody
Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media

Melinda Cunningham
Adjunct Faculty

Carol Donnelly
Adjunct Faculty

Carmel Greer
Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Guastaferro
Adjunct Faculty

Francheska Guerrero
Associate Professor, Interim Chair of Undergraduate Design, Graphic Design, and Digital Media Design

Andrea Hartranft
Adjunct Faculty

Nathan Hill
Adjunct Faculty

Ramona Hutko
Associate Faculty

Antje Kharchi
Associate Professor

Robert Lasater
Adjunct Faculty

Gail Lazio-Xavier
Adjunct Faculty

Brian Lemen
Adjunct Faculty

Raymond MacDonald
Adjunct Faculty

Robert McVearry
Adjunct Faculty

Juana Medina
Adjunct Faculty

Erin Miller
Assistant Professor; Interior Design Director of Advising

Charles Mitchell
Adjunct Faculty

Jim Mole
Adjunct Faculty

Joshua Moores
Adjunct Faculty

Maria Morga
Associate Professor

Michael Pacheco
Adjunct Faculty

Alice Powers
Adjunct Faculty

David Ramos
Adjunct Faculty

Elizabeth Raycroft
Adjunct Faculty

Camden M. Richards
Adjunct Faculty

Alice Roberts
Adjunct Faculty

Johan Severtson
Professor

Samuel Shelton
Adjunct Faculty

Charlie Turner
Adjunct Faculty

Department Life

The Undergraduate Design Department is a cultural laboratory of critical discourse and inquiry into contemporary design issues. Students engage in topics ranging from social issues, sustainability, human factors, and theory to current market and industry trends, design as an "agent for social change," and professional practices and skill sets.

The College's studio culture provides a collaborative experience, allowing design students to become part of a community of professional designers and educators. Faculty members—professional designers, themselves—serve as mentors, teachers, and creative directors to students throughout their undergraduate studies. The studio spaces offer an immersive work environment through instruction, demonstration, discussion, critique, and visiting designers lecture series.

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Design program form constructive relationships with their peers and faculty as class sizes remain intimate with enrollment of 8 to 15 students.

Students are also encouraged to join student groups in professional design organizations, which assist students in developing professional networking opportunities and industry connections.

Undergraduate Design Department Visiting Designers

Design students have the opportunity to meet well-known and established designers through the Visiting Designers Series, a curriculum-integrated lecture series where professional designers visit the department. Visiting Designers discuss their design studio projects, practices, and methods. In addition to lectures, Visiting Designers may serve as Senior Thesis critics and provide individual portfolio critique sessions and professional advice to as students working toward graduation.

Recent visiting designers include:

      • Gail Anderson

      • Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell

      • Justin Cone of PSY/OPS

      • Jeremy Mende

      • Lucille Tenazas

      • Rick Valicenti of THIRST

      • Seymour Chwast

      • Marian Bantjes

      • Chris Pullman

      • Mike Jakab of Agency Collective

      • Kenya Hara

      • Elizabeth Emerson - E/L Studio

      • Lisa Adams - Adams Design

      • Keith Fritz - Keith Fritz Fine Furniture

Events

The Undergraduate Design Department hosts annual professional events for all students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, including those in graphic design, digital media design, and interior design. These annual exhibition events are OPEN, NEXT at the Corcoran, and BY DESIGN.

OPEN is an annual design exhibition hosted by the Undergraduate Design Department showcasing graphic design, digital media design, and interior design student work. This event is held at the Georgetown campus at the end of the fall semester. The exhibition is open to the entire Corcoran community— current students, design alumni, faculty, staff, and students' families. This event features work by freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students, and is a time to see the progress design students are making in their respective areas of study. Professional designers from the Washington, D.C. design community also attend this event to connect with design students about potential internships and job opportunities.

NEXT at the Corcoran is the annual student thesis exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors from all departments participate and exhibit their senior thesis projects alongside other B.F.A. students. This event showcases undergraduate and graduate thesis projects in the grand Beaux-Arts space of the Corcoran's Gallery of Art.

The BY DESIGN exhibition is an annual professional practices event for undergraduate design students in the graphic design, digital media design, and interior design fields of study. Held at the end of the spring semester, BY DESIGN invites numerous Washington, D.C., design professionals to connect with design students for internships and job opportunities. Current Bachelor of Fine Arts design students, design alumni, faculty, and student families attend. The exhibition showcases portfolios of current design seniors and is a valuable professional networking opportunity as students prepare to graduate.

Examples of Student Work

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