Digital Media/Photography Faculty

Dana Sperry
Professor

Office: Bliss 4081
Phone: 330.941.3627
E-mail: jdsperry@ysu.edu
 


Digital Media  

The Department of Visual and Dramatic Art’s Digital Media program teaches students to use the creative tools of tomorrow. In  Digital Media, students will explore the ways in which new technologies are engines of personal exploration and cultural production. They will experiment with new ways of expressing themselves through video, interactive media, and digital fabrication and will discover that technology is a tool for creative experimentation, an instrument for the artistic manipulation of data, and the creation of dynamic user experience and interaction. The skills students acquire in Digital Media will prepare them for careers in a variety of cultural industries.


Potential areas of exploration in YSU’s Digital Media program include:

  • Video
  • Digital and Analog Photography
  • Web-based Art
  • Mechatronics and Physical Computing
  • Creative Coding


The department offers classrooms and workspace in Bliss Hall, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the McDonough Museum.  Out computer labs feature Mac workstations with the full Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere, as well as Rhinoceros 3D, and open-source creative software such as Processing and Arduino. Our fabrication labs feature digital tools including 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters.


Photography

Students in the Photography Program at YSU study photographic processes in both traditional and digital technologies within the context of a fine arts program. They move seamlessly between the darkroom and the digital facilities while exploring historic and contemporary issues within lens-based media. The Photography Program places equal emphasis on the science and craft of photography and on critical thinking and conceptual development. In all coursework, including introductory through advanced level classes, the photography faculty present a variety of concepts and applications related to lens-based media.


Contact Information for Department of Art

To learn more about the degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, faculty, and students, visit art.ysu.edu or contact the Department of Art directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the Cliffe College Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330-941-2346.

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COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT - STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (2 courses) *included in Major0
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) 7
Social Science (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Foundation Courses
ART 1501Fundamentals of 2D Design3
ART 1502Fundamentals of 3D Design3
ART 1521Foundation Drawing3
ART 1522Intermediate Drawing3
ART 1503Foundation Portfolio Review1
Breadth Courses
ART 2611Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 2625Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3
or ART 2626 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2661Print Design 13
.
Concentration Courses Digital Media/Photography
ART 3703Junior Portfolio Review1
ART 4802Senior Project3
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
.
Digital Media Emphasis
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 3792Video and Animation Studio3
ART 3797Interactive Art Studio3
ART 4893Advanced Digital Media Studio 13
ART 4893Advanced Digital Media Studio 13
Digital Studio Art Electives (6 s.h.)6
Choose two additional 3700 level or higher Digital Studio Art electives from the following courses:
ART 3748B, ART 3748T, ART 3759, ART 3760, ART 3762, ART 3765, ART 3769, ART 3771, ART 3772, ART 3773, ART 3796, ART 4869, ART 4872, ART 4873, ART 4874, ART 4893, ART 4894, ART 4896
*ART 3771, ART 3773, ART 4893 may be taken up to 12 s.h. per course
.
Photography Emphasis
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 3771Analog Photography Studio (may be taken up to 12 s.h.)3
ART 3773Digital Photography Studio (may be taken up to 12 s.h.)3
ART 3773Digital Photography Studio (may be taken up to 12 s.h.)3
Photography Electives (select 15 s.h.)15
Choose five additional 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art electives from the following courses:
ART 3748, ART 3771, ART 3773, ART 3792, ART 3797, ART 4871, ART 4872, ART 4873
*ART 3771, ART 3773, ART 3792, ART 3797 may be taken up to 12 s.h. per course
.
Studio Art Electives (both areas of emphasis select 6 s.h.)6
Choose two additional 3700 level or higher Studio Art electives from the following courses:
ART 3712, 3713, 3715, 3721, 3722, 3723, 3725, 3732, 3733, 3737, 3748, 3752, 3759, 3760, 3761, 3762, 3763, 3764, 3765, 3768, 3769, 3771, 3772, 3773, 3794, 3795, 4800, 4801, 4805, 4824, 4834, 4837, 4838, 4851, 4852, 4853, 4861, 4863, 4864, 4865, 4867, 4868, 4869, 4871, 4872, 4873, 4874, 4891, 4894, 4896
Art History and Theory
Choose two 1500 level Art History courses from the following:6
ART 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1545
Choose three additional 3700 level or higher Art History courses from the following:9
ART 3741, 3742, 3743, 3744, 3745, 3746, 3747, 3780, 3781, 3782, 3783, 3784, 3785, 3788, 3789, 4880, 4889, 5840, 5881
Electives to meet 120 hours2
Total Semester Hours120-122

Digital Media Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
Mathematic Requirement 3
 Semester Hours13-15
Spring
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
Choose one 1500 level art history class 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
*Must have successful completion of Foundation Portfolio Review prior to taking Art Breadth Courses  
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2661 Print Design 1 3
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Choose one 1500 level art history course 3
Natural Science Course with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 3792
Video and Animation Studio
or Interactive Art Studio
3
ART Breadth Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Digital Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3792
Video and Animation Studio
or Interactive Art Studio
3
ART 3700 level or higher Digital Studio Art Elective 3
ART Breadth Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 3792
Video and Animation Studio
or Interactive Art Studio
3
ART 4893 Advanced Digital Media Studio 3
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review 1
ART Breadth Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
General Education Course 3
*Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCCAC Advising Office, 2310 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3792
Video and Animation Studio
or Interactive Art Studio
3
ART Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 4893 Advanced Digital Media Studio 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
Electives to meet 120 hours 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

Photography Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
Mathematic Requirement 3
 Semester Hours13-15
Spring
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
Choose one 1500 level art history course 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
*Must have successful completion of Foundation Portfolio Review prior to taking Art Breadth Courses  
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Art Breadth Course 3
Choose one 1500 level art history course 3
Natural Science Course with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 3773 Digital Photography Studio 3
Art Breadth Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3771 Analog Photography Studio 3
ART 3773 Digital Photography Studio 3
Art Breadth Course 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review 1
ART 3700 or higher Art History Courses 3
ART Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
*Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCCAC Advising Office, 2310 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art Elective 3
ART Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 3700 level or higher Photography Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
Electives to meet 120 hours 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

Learning Outcomes

1.) Students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency of art vocabulary.

2.) Students will be able to demonstrate technical expertise appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.

3.) Students will be able to demonstrate a high level of content expression appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.