Digital media majors immerse themselves in comprehensive courses of study that focus on either electronic game design or motion graphics. Both areas of emphasis are designed to establish the fundamental technical skills and aesthetic principles required to conceptually explore how each area has become central to wide-ranging fields of cultural production in contemporary art and society.
Game design is newly recognized as a contemporary art practice that exists both within and outside of the entertainment industry. KCAI’s game design program is committed to the craft and practice of all perspectives of games and interactive entertainment. Major studies culminate during the senior year in studio courses devoted to producing short and polished video games. Students are given studio time to create alpha, beta and final builds that have been thoroughly tested and iterated. This approach fully prepares students to enter the field with an informed perspective, strong portfolio and a well-rounded sense of artistic and technical confidence.
Motion graphics is a modern visual art form that exists at the crossroads of animation, graphic design and digital filmmaking. To that end, students are offered a unique and innovative hybrid of courses that form an interdisciplinary link between these same three established departments at KCAI. Students study all aspects and contemporary approaches to the creation of motion graphics while building a dynamic and professionally competitive portfolio over the course of three years.
Professional practice is a compulsory component of all instruction, and all majors benefit directly from interaction with world-renowned visiting artists, scholars and professionals. These generous mentors present their work and engage with students in one-on-one critiques and group workshops. The digital media program features studios and classrooms equipped with leading-edge technology.
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