Wilkes University


Wilkes University Introduces Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree In Digital Design and Media Art

Wilkes University’s department of integrative media, art and design has introduced a bachelor of fine arts degree in digital design and media art. The degree is the highest standard, professional degree for undergraduate art and design programs. 

Graduates of the integrative media, art and design department now will have the option of choosing degree tracks leading to either the existing bachelor of arts degree or the new bachelor of fine arts. The bachelor of fine arts provides students with a more comprehensive art education by requiring additional classes in fine and digital arts.

Eric Ruggiero, chair of the integrative media, art and design department, says introducing the bachelor of fine arts degree provides students with more options.

“We now have a unique offering within our region to support students who wish to have an education with a strong art focus by pursuing our bachelor of fine arts degree track. They will be able to receive the same kind of preparation students receive in art and design schools, while availing themselves of the opportunities for a liberal arts education available at a small, mentoring oriented University like Wilkes,” Ruggiero said.

 To receive the degree, students must pursue a defined, approved sequence of courses to fulfill a cognate minor in art and also must enroll in 21-credit hours of art or design-based electives in addition to two alternate digital design and media art core courses. A minimum of two art history courses are also included in the requirement. Following standards set by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design(NASAD), 65 percent of courses for the degree will be in art or design studies.

The department of integrative media, art and design prepares students for a career in creative fields such as graphic, web and motion design within marketing and advertising agencies, corporate, or independent production studios. Our students are learning how to solve creative problems in a deadline-oriented, high-end studio environment.  In addition to studying contemporary design areas, students can explore cutting edge technologies in gaming, app development, digital effects, animation, and emerging media, such as virtual, mixed, and augmented realities.