Multimedia

Transfer Major

Students interested in Multimedia at Bucks need to meet with a Visual Arts faculty member for advising. Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum code No. 1175

The Multimedia Transfer Major provides students with experiences creating image, text, sound, and video, with an emphasis on digital media. Using interactive programming, students will combine these different digital components into projects that convey their ideas as Web sites or CD/DVD projects. The Multimedia Transfer Major strongly emphasizes the concepts and the fundamentals of design, as well as the artistic skills needed to create interactive projects. The program also prepares students with technical skills using up-to-date technology and industry-standard software applications. Graduates from this program may pursue transfer to professional art schools and complete a baccalaureate degree or begin a career as an entry level multimedia designer. Multimedia artists may find work with advertising agencies, publishing companies, television stations, training companies, and other firms in the communications business.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods and materials associated with fundamental drawing and two-dimensional design and/or three-dimensional design;
  • use traditional and new media to begin to explore and express their own creative voice;
  • read about, write about, and analyze art and art history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary;
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for admission to a four-year college; and
  • demonstrate and apply skills associated with digital imaging, digital illustration, web design, and multimedia applications.

Full time day students entering as fine art majors require an assessment interview. A portfolio review is not required for admission, but is recommended for placement purposes. An art advisor will help select the appropriate sequence of courses.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
OR
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio F
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design
3
VAMM120
Interface Design
3
VAMM130
3D Modeling Concepts F
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I F
3
VAMM210
Multimedia Concepts II F
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital F
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2
3
SOCI110
Intro. to Sociology 6
3
Art History C,4 6
College Level Math or Science A,B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,F,5
3
Personal Health B 2
Digital Elective E 3
Studio Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full- time students who average l5 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
OR  
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,1
3
Art History C,4 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAMM120
Interface Design
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital F
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2
3
Art History C,4 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAMM130
3D Modeling Concepts F
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I F
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology
3
Math/Science A,B 3
Elective E 3
Total Credit Hours

15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio F
3
VAMM210
Multimedia Concepts II F
3
Personal Health B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,F,5
3
Electives E 6
Total Credit Hours 17

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191,VAFA192, VAFA193.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E Suggested Electives: VACV130, VACV135, VACV137, MUSC124, COMM111, VAFA101, VAFA102, VAPH110, VAMM230, CISC113, JOUR155
F Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Social Perspective .

*Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied,” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except credits in social perspectives, mathematics or science, English and three credits in integration of knowledge.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.