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Digital Arts

The concentration in Digital Arts combines graphic design, web design, and photography to give you a 21st century edge.

Investigate the core principles of design and how design can be used to transform business, the environment, and community. Communicate via image, sound, and words.

Combine image and typography to represent ideas, convey moods, and emotions. Empower your community and amplify the presence of nonprofits and citizen groups.

Learn the fundamentals of digital photography through project-based work. Explore photography from a commercial and/or fine arts perspective.

And create a powerful portfolio of work to launch a successful career in this ever-growing, ever-changing career area.

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what our students say

“My courses in Photography, Graphic Design and Web Design empowered me so much because I was able to engage the Fairfield Community in my projects almost immediately.  These experiences enabled me to see the value of what I was learning and how it translated into a professional career.

I really recommend this discipline because it is so versatile and sought after in this technical age.  It also is a great way to use your creativity to help promote causes, businesses, and ideas that you believe in. 

I know that no matter what I end up doing, I will always be using my media and communications degree to help others and share my passion with the world.” – Claire Potter, recent graduate

“Design is intelligence made visible.”
–Alina Wheeler

Graphic Design

Choose an area that grows with you, by studying the latest design trends and tools.

In this area of the concentration you will be able to choose your own projects, develop your portfolio and gain expertise in areas including:

  • Interactive design
  • Branding campaigns
  • Package design
  • Image manipulation
  • Digital publishing
  • Typography
  • Color palettes

Courses in Graphic Design will help you prepare for a career (or graduate studies) as a:

  • Brand identity designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Layout artist
  • Illustrator
  • Creative director
  • Photo editor
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“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Web Design

Nearly all forms of media are converging into digital formats, opening new career opportunities for designers.

In this area of the concentration you will be able to choose your own projects, develop your portfolio and gain expertise in areas including:

  • HTML5 & CSS
  • Graphic design for web
  • Web animation & video
  • Layout design & templates
  • Digital imaging

Web Design courses will help you prepare for a career (or graduate studies) as a:

  • Web designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Creative director
  • Web marketer
  • Layout artist
  • Brand identity designer
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“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
– Ernst Haas

Photography

Learn to translate your vision into a final image using traditional and digital tools, from camera obscura to high dynamic range photography. You can choose a commercial or fine arts direction, or investigate both.

You will have access to:

  • Digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR’s)
  • Professional strobes & seamless paper
  • A green-screen studio
  • Professional lighting equipment
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Digital & darkroom processing
  • Nine-color printer

You will study with award winning instructors, such as Ken West, who specializes in high dynamic range (HDR) landscape photography. Internships in photography are also available. Earn while you learn.

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Photography courses will help you prepare for a career (or graduate studies) as a:

  • Photojournalist
  • Commercial photographer
  • Wedding photographer
  • Fine arts photographer
  • Photo editor
  • Art director

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