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Rob Jensen

Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

Program website

859-257-8151

  • BS

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media and Design combines fundamentals of production skills in video, photography, design, and programming with the ability to understand and analyze how these skills transform our culture.

Careers

Career paths may include:

  • Commercial Photography
  • Documentary Videography
  • Film Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design and Development
  • Professional Printmaking
  • Animation
  • Fabrication

The required Industry Pathways and Practice, Professional Practices, and Digital Media Projects Capstone courses allow students to explore professions and careers while completing the Digital Media and Design degree.

 

Classes and Requirements

 

What You'll Study

 

Photography

Camera work, lighting, large-format printing, post-production

Videography

Storyboarding, short film creation, color grading, editing

Digital Fabrication

3D printers, CNC, laser cutting

Programming for the web and IOT

Client-side and server-side programming, connecting to sensors in the physical world

Graphic Design

Layout design, illustration

 

Students in this unique program will learn to master emerging technologies as well as develop creative and critical thinking skills. This combination of technology and creativity helps students find their own artisitc voice, preparing them for success in the fields of communication and content creation.

No portfolio is required for acceptance into this major.

 

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Digital Media & Design (BS) 121 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 102 - TWO-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring design elements and principles as the basic means of organizing two-dimensional space. Each student develops the ability to form strategies, concepts and ideas to enhance creativity and articulate personal expression.

  • A-S 200 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART, SPACE, AND TIME3

    This course provides fundamental instruction in digital media as a creative tool. Students will learn the basics of digital collage, video editing and sound design. An overview of historical and contemporary digital art practice will be presented as well as elements of designs and composition. (Four studio hours, and one 50-minute lecture per week.).

  • A-S 101 - CREATIVITY PRACTICES IN ART STUDIO1

    This seminar course for incoming Art Studio and Art Education majors in designed to develop creative strategies and orient students to the Department and University. Through discussion, in-class exercises, and out-of-class assignments, students will gain knowledge of arts-related resources and programming at UK and in the local community. Art Studio and Art Education Majors only; No prerequisites.

  • A-H 101 - INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL STUDIES3

    This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of visual literacy. It explores a full spectrum of man-made visual forms encountered by contemporary Americans from Architecture and works of art to graphic novels, advertsiements, television programs and films, photos and the internet.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • A-S 001 - FOUNDATION EXHIBITION0

    An annual exhibition where all first-year Foundation students will select and exhibit one of their works created in a course at UK during their first-year. Students will be required to select their own work, present it professionally, and provide an accompanying artist’s statement. The exhibition will occur each spring semester. Grade: P or F.

  • A-S 130 - DRAWING3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the visual language of drawing through observation. Students learn the mechanisms of visual perception, how individual components of a drawing relate to the organization of the composition as a whole. Each student develops not only observational skills rooted in traditional drawing media for realistic renderings, but also gradually builds strategies, concepts, and ideas for abstract expression.

  • A-S 285 - LENS ARTS3

    A-S 285 is an introductory course in digital image making that focuses on the still and moving image as an art practice. Students will learn the fundamentals of camera operation and still and moving image editing software in order to build an individualized portfolio. Students will be introduced to contemporary lens arts practice through research and assignments.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • DMAD Foundations Art History Selection3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Art Studio (300+)3
  • DMAD Art History Selection (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Art History Selection (300+ level)3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ART 301 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES3

    This course is designed to assist Art Studio majors in developing practical writing and presentation skills needed to maintain a successful, professional practice in the visual arts. Students are required to write in a variety of formats that are standard in the field of art studio. The course will include developing artist and biographical statements, resumes, grant/exhibition proposals and/or reviews, as well as a research paper on a topic of interest in contemporary art. Students will also prepare a digital portfolio emphasizing presentation and documentation skills about a student’s own research. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Art Studio (300+)3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Art Studio (300+)3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 5853
  • DMAD Art Studio-Digital Based (300+)3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration (Internship)3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration3
  • DMAD Outside Concentration3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • A-S 547 - DIGITAL MEDIA PROJECTS CAPSTONE3

    A culminating course that allows digital media students to propose and create large-scale, in-depth projects such as short films, video installations, a complete animation, a photographic series, a 3D printing installation, a web-based research project, etc. that require time and focus to produce. 3 credit hours, may be repeated up to 9 hours. Prereq: Senior Standing, B.S. Digital Media and Design Majors

  • Elective Course (100+ level)3
  • Elective Course (100+ level)3
  • Elective Course (100+ level)3
  • Elective Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Contact

Rob Jensen

Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

859-257-8151

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