CSU Art Department Adds Digital Art and Design to Curriculum

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Beginning next fall 2014, Columbus State University’s Department of Art will offer a digital arts and design track to its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

“The digital arts and design curriculum is kind of a hybrid  — I guess that’s the best way to describe it — between digital media fine art and design,” said Joe Sanders, CSU’s Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art. “It’s an area of focus within the BFA degree.”

Heidi May, who completed her Ph.D. in art education at the University of British Columbia in 2013, was hired by CSU in 2012 to specifically develop the digital arts and design curriculum.

“We’ll be adding on to things we are already doing,” Sanders said. “We’re building the digital arts and design program incrementally based on the resources we have available, the people and that sort of thing. What we’re hoping to do is add some faculty in the future to further integrate graphic design and other types of design into the art department program — (adding) more technology into the program.”

Columbus State’s Department of Art recently won national reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for the next 10 years for all five of its degrees. Other undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in art education and the Bachelor of Arts in art history. The department also offers a Master of Education in art education and, for students seeking teaching certification, a Master of Arts in Teaching in art education.

For more information on CSU’s Department of Art, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art.