The Department of Art and Design offers a variety of concentrations for those pursuing
a bachelor's degree, including general art, photography, ceramics and graphic design.
We also offer a minor in Art.
Bachelor of Fine Arts is a studio-intensive concentration giving students an exceptional
range of creative skills to visually express ideas through fine arts media. These
include abstract problem-solving, critical thinking, prototyping, and professional
practice skills related to visual arts. This interdisciplinary concentration prepares
students for professional careers in fine arts and represents a richly diverse ecosystem
of philosophies and practices.
The Animation concentration prepares students as capable media professionals competing
in a broad entertainment and visualization market. Graduates of the Animation concentration
acquire industry standard proficiencies in media literacy, aesthetic development,
critical thinking, collaboration, technology adaptability, and creative leadership.
Students will utilize cutting-edge techniques to create strong portfolios that include
a range of creative skillsets that explore motion, performance, aesthetic appeal,
visual communication, and expression. Students are exposed to contemporary professional
challenges that include 3D modeling, aesthetic development, preproduction, 2D and
3D animation, technical animation, and visual storytelling. Students will also acquire
proficiency in industry standard tools in the game, film, and visualization markets
such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, Substance, and ZBrush Core.
Augusta University’s BFA in Digital and Visual Storytelling prepares students to be
cutting-edge visual storytellers who communicate effectively through a versatile,
technology-rich skill set that includes a strong theoretical and technical understanding
of filmmaking, theatre performance, writing, directing, and production through multiple
forms of expressive media.
Taught by experienced, award-winning faculty, students participate in a range of forums—from
traditional theatrical performances to spontaneous avant-garde art experiences—developing
their technical skills and creative processes to discover and contribute a distinctive
voice in the film, theatre, and digital creator communities. The program culminates
in a capstone course in which students assemble an industry-ready body of work to
launch a career on stage, on screen, or behind the camera.
Graphic Design is an integral part of today’s culture and society. Our concentration
in Graphic Design is a contemporary approach to design incorporating the latest technology
with professional practices built around client interaction. Courses begin with basic
graphic design processes and advance to design methodologies, typography, illustration,
moving image, web design and conceptual strategies.
Drawing and Painting are contemporary fields in art, steeped in technique and history.
Artistic passion is directed to create dynamic visual works with a focus on drawing
and painting. Students experience the freedom of material exploration and conceptual
development in the visual realization of ideas by incorporating skills developed through
both drawing and painting.
Sculpture and Ceramics offer students a broad range of sculptural experiences in a
variety of media. In the fall of 2017, our newly redesigned studios for both ceramics
and sculpture will be state-of-the-art facilities where students are inspired to realize
their ideas through three-dimensional media. We prepare students for the contemporary
art world with offerings in mixed-media and 3D printing for ceramics.
Photography and Printmaking combines two rapidly evolving domains with fine arts and
commercial applications. This concentration combines the traditional forms of both
photography and printmaking with the more contemporary digital applications which
keep these areas current in the field. Printmaking techniques include screen printing
and relief techniques, while photography teaches both darkroom and digital formats.
Bachelor of Arts is a broad based studio concentration for students interested in
art. With fewer requirements in studio arts, students have a great deal of flexibility
to include a wide range of courses to suit their interests, including humanities,
science, mathematics, social/behavioral classes or foreign languages.
Students minoring in Studio Art have the opportunity to incorporate artistic passion
with their academic pursuits. These students fulfill their art interests though courses
in painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. These engaging
studio classes provide creative experiences in fine arts.
The Department of Art and Design’s Certificate in Filmmaking provides a focused sequence
of courses that guides students through the art and craft of filmmaking. Taught by
a faculty of experienced and award-winning professionals, our Certificate in Filmmaking
provides a strong foundation in screenwriting, cinematography, and editing. The sequence
culminates with an applied capstone in which students create a substantive documentary
or narrative film.
Theatre Performance prepares students to act on stage and use elements of performance
to convey meaning to an audience. As a result, students participate in a range of
forums spanning from traditional theatrical performances to spontaneous avant-garde
art experiences. Through advanced training and practice in verbal and non-verbal forms
of communication, students develop valuable career skills related to public speaking,
presentation, writing, and collaboration.