Motion Design & Animation
The BFA in Motion Design & Animation (Storrs/Stamford) combines design, 2D/3D animation, and video to create content for marketing, communications, entertainment, education, and more. Motion can clarify and enrich our understanding of stories, messages, and experiences, as well as deliver impact to advertising, social media, tv, video, film, sports, and educational media. As screens continue to proliferate, motion is becoming an important part of our everyday experiences in UI/UX, architecture, live performance, wearables, and emerging platforms like AR and VR. Motion artists are in demand because they are skilled in conceptual thinking, problem solving, and content creation.
The BFA in 3D Animation (Storrs only) gives students experience in all aspects of 3D animation production: modeling, lighting, rendering, animation, simulations and visualizations, rigging and compositing for visual effects. Our courses focus on the core principles of 3D animation, which then can be applied to any industry standard application. Acknowledging that the field of 3D animation is broad and diverse, our students gain comprehensive knowledge of 3D animation production, and in addition, have the ability to customize their education to focus on their personal area of interest.
Web & Interactive Media Design
The BFA in Web & Interactive Media Design (Storrs/Stamford) engages students in creative approaches to a wide range of interactive experiences including, of course web design, but also locative media, interactive and wearable electronics, interactive installation and performance, interactive narratives, and the Internet of Things. The concentration is an interdisciplinary area of study, drawing from fine art, design, theater, architecture, literature, and computer science. Web & Interactive Media majors study the fundamentals, best practices, and emerging techniques of programming, physical computing, user experience (UX) design, and interactive project management to produce engaging, exciting work across multiple disciplines.
The BFA in Game Design (Storrs only) is the creation of interactive experiences for entertainment, education, science, and other pursuits. These interactive experiences take various forms, including board games, card games, casino games, digital games, carnival and amusement experiences, augmented and virtual reality, and geocaching. Game Design draws upon multiple disciplines – fine art, programming, architecture, psychology, animation, business, and the humanities – and drives how we view devices built for person-technology interaction (e.g., touchscreens, motion capture). Crucially, Game Design provides a framework for understanding complex relationships between people, tools, human cognition, and the environment.
Digital Media Business Strategies
The purpose of the BA in Digital Media Business Strategies (Storrs/Stamford) is to prepare students to be able to engage in analysis, strategic thinking and the development of digital media marketing plans and assets for companies, public institutions, and non-profits organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding how digital media technology has affected consumer behavior and how companies and organizations are integrating digital media into their operations. Students explore and learn to apply concepts like digital branding, social media, content marketing, online advertising, digital consumer behavior, and digital analytics.
Digital Culture, Learning, & Advocacy
Marked by its commitment to openness, collaboration, transdisciplinarity, and experimentation, the BA in Digital Culture, Learning, & Advocacy (DCLA) (Storrs only) is for students who want their work in digital media and design to make a difference in society. Students in this concentration develop depth of skill in the digital media area of their choice while also gaining practical and theoretical grounding in a humanities discipline or allied field relevant to their post-college interests. From history, anthropology, music, and human development and family studies to human rights, journalism, learning sciences, and more, the varied courses of study available at UConn empower DCLA students to develop a strategic research and career focus. DCLA students envision themselves using their digital media talents in libraries, museums, and the public arena.
Digital Film/Video Production
The BFA in Digital Film / Video Production (Storrs/Stamford) is a new concentration in the Digital Media & Design department. The mission of the Digital Film/Video Production concentration is to educate students in the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical aspects of live-action, time-based storytelling and to prepare students for the wide-range of careers available in film and video production including entertainment, education, marketing, advertising, and humanities. A vast array of professional, high-end film and audio equipment is available for student checkout through our media cage, the Imagination Station.
BA in Digital Media & Design (generalist)
The BA in Digital Media & Design (Storrs/Stamford) is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of, and to develop proficiencies with, a broad spectrum of digital media technologies, design skills, and applications and allows exploration outside the major in order to strengthen the content of a student’s DMD studies. The BA-DMD curriculum allows more flexibility for a student to combine a degree in Digital Media & Design with courses offered in other departments across campus, taking advantage of UConn’s R-1 research status.