Digital Media Faculty

Dana Sperry
Associate Professor

Phone: 330.941.3627
E-mail: jdsperry@ysu.edu


Digital Media 

The Department of 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 
• Web-based Art
• 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication
• Mechatronics and Physical Computing
• Creative Coding

The department offers classrooms and work space in Bliss Hall, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the McDonough Museum. Our 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 like Processing and Arduino. Our fabrication labs feature digital tools such as 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters.


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 College Coordinator of Admission and Recruitment at 330-941-3625.

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COURSE TITLE S.H.
General Education Requirement12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
MATH Approved Math Course
Arts and Humanities (included in major)0
Natural Science (2 courses, 1 must include lab)7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education / First Year Experience3
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 2661Introduction to Graphic Design3
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
Art History and Theory
ART 1541Survey of Art History 13
ART 1542Survey of Art History 23
ART 3788Theory of Art3
ART 5881Twentieth Century Art to 19603
or ART 5882 Twentieth Century Art from 1960
ART 37XX, Art History Elective3
ART 37XX, Art History Elective3
Concentration Courses
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 3772Digital Photography 13
ART 3792Video Art3
ART 3796Ideation3
ART 3797Web as Art3
ART 3703Junior Portfolio Review1
ART 4872Digital Photography 23
or art 3769
ART 37XX/48XX Studio Art Elective3
ART 37XX/48XX Studio Art Elective3
ART 37XX/48XX Studio Art Elective3
ART 4893Advanced Digital Media Studio 13
ART 4893Advanced Digital Media Studio 13
ART 4893Advanced Digital Media Studio 13
ART 4802Senior Project3
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
Total Semester Hours126
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
General Education Course 3
Natural Science Course with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1541 Survey of Art History 1 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Successful completion of Fr. portfolio review  
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2661 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ART 1542 Survey of Art History 2 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 3788 Theory of Art 3
ART 3772 Digital Photography 1 3
ART 3792
Video Art
or Ideation
or Web as Art
3
General Education Course 3
Studio Art Breadth Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3792
Video Art
or Ideation
or Web as Art
3
Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART 4872 Digital Photography 2 3
ART 37/48XX Art History Elective 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 3792
Video Art
or Ideation
or Web as Art
3
ART 4893 Advanced Digital Media Studio 3
Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART 37/48XX Art History Elective 3
General Education Course 3
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review 1
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4893 Advanced Digital Media Studio 3
Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART 37/48xx Studio Art Elective 3
ART 5881
Twentieth Century Art to 1960
or Twentieth Century Art from 1960
3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4893 Advanced Digital Media Studio 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 37/48XX Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Summer
ART 37/48xx Studio Art Elective 3
 Semester Hours3
 Total Semester Hours126

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.