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.

* In preparing and presenting a portfolio in VAMM250, students currently need an array of digital skills, such as, but not limited to, media capture, manipulation, and presentation. Students take several required digital course (e.g. VAMM100, VAGD101, VAGD201, VAMM110) and then reinforce/develop their digital skills across the major. Essential digital competencies associated with portfolio preparation and presentation will be assessed within this course.

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 A,D,1
OR
VAFA111
Drawing Basics 1
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
OR
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital D
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging 1
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design D
3
VAMM120
Interface Design
3
VAMM130
3D Modeling Concepts D
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I D
3
VAMM210
Multimedia Concepts II D
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio D,5,9
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II D,2,4,10
3
Art or Flim History C,1 6
Math/Science A,B,6,7 3/4
Social Science/Diversity E,3,8 3
Multimedia Electives 12
Total Credit Hours 60/61

Multimedia Studio Elective Courses (select at least 12 credits)

Course Credits
CISC113
Visual Basic
3
CISC115
Computer Science 1 A
3
CISC135
Programming for Mobile Devices D
3
COMM111
Media and Society
3
MUSC124
Music Technology
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business
3
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I
3
VACV137
Sound for Film and Video
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VACV141
Art of Independent Cinema
3
VACV142
Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
VACV230
Motion Graphics D
3
VACV231
Video Film Production D
3
VACV238
Cinematography D
3
VACV247
Advanced Cinema Video Production D
3
VACV280
Cooperative Education - Cinema Video & Multimedia D
3
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color D
3
VAFA191
Art History Before 1450
3
VAFA192
Art History After 1450
3
VAFA193
Modern Art History
3
VAGD101
Layout and Basic Typography D
3
VAMM230
3-D Animation D
3
VAPH110
Digital Photography Fundamentals
3
VAPH196
History of Photography
3
VAPH210
Digital Photography II D
3
VAPH211
Studio and Lighting Fundamentals D
3

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 A,D,1
OR
VAFA111
Drawing Basics 1
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging 1
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
Multimedia Studio Elective 3
Art History C,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAMM120
Interface Design
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design D
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital D
3
COMP111
English Composition II D,2,4,10
3
Art or Film History C,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
OR  
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAMM130
3D Modeling Concepts D
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I D
3
Multimedia Studio Elective 3
Math/Science A,B,6,7 3/4
Total Credit Hours

15/16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAMM210
Multimedia Concepts II D
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio D,5,9
3
Multimedia Studio Electives 6
Social Science/Diversity E,3,8 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: SCIE101, SCIE102, CHEM101.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191,VAFA192, VAFA193, VACV141, VAPH196.
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Any of the following may be chosen: COMM111, ECON111, GEOG110, HIST111, HIST112, HIST113, HIST114, HIST151, HIST152, MUSC103, POLI111, PSYC110, SOCI110, SOCI120.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.

*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.