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Kinetic Imaging, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The Department of Kinetic Imaging prepares students to use video, animation and sound for the purpose of art-making, self-expression and experimentation. The program is designed for students who want to study video art, sound design and experimental two- and three-dimensional animation. Emphasis is placed on artistic uses of the media.

Degree requirements for Kinetic Imaging, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students will know how to communicate effectively and purposefully, while using the full potential of contemporary tools and creative skills.
  • Students will be able to produce works of art in video and animation, with a knowledge and command of the grammar of the moving image (animation, video and hybrids), virtual environments and sonic arts.
  • Students will be cognizant of critical social and cultural issues pertinent to the pervasive presence of media and digital technology.
  • Students will be able to communicate both in an oral and written context regarding their work and the context of current audio/video art.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional General Education requirements (9 credits)  
History (any HIST course) 3
Humanities/fine arts/social science/science (AFAM, AMST, ARTH, BIOL, CMSC, FRSC, GSWS, HIST, HUMS, INSC, MASC, MATH, MHIS, MGMT, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SOCY, STAT, WRLD) 3
Literature (any ENGL course) 3
Collateral requirements (20 credits)  
Art Foundation  
ARTF 131 Drawing Studio 3
ARTF 132 Surface Research 3
ARTF 133 Space Research 3
ARTF 134 Time Studio 3
ARTF 139 Project 2
Art history  
ARTH 103 Survey of Western Art 3
ARTH 104 Survey of Western Art 3
Major requirements (63 credits)  
KINE 208 Introduction to Computer Techniques 3
KINE 233 Media Arts Survey 3
KINE 234 Introduction to Animation 3
KINE 235 Electronic Animation I 3
KINE 236 Introduction to Video 3
KINE 237 Sound Communications 3
KINE 336 Video 1 3
KINE 338 3-D Computer Animation I 3
KINE 357 Critical Issues in the Media (capstone) 3
KINE 403 Senior Studio 3
Emphasis area electives (300 level or above) — courses in KINE or any School of the Arts area (except art education) or approved ENGL (creative writing) or WRLD (world cinema) that are applicable to an individual’s major course of study through adviser consultation 30
Emphasis area lecture or seminar (300 level or above) 3
Open electives (7 credits)  
Open electives 7
Total minimum requirement 120


Emphasis area electives must be 300- to 400-level and include:

KINE 308 Web Technologies for Media Artists
KINE 335 Motion Graphics
KINE 337 Sound Communication II
KINE 392 Research/Individual Study
KINE 434 Animation II
KINE 436 Video II
KINE 438 3-D Computer Animation II
KINE 457 Socially Engaged Media
KINE 458 Virtual Interactive Worlds
KINE 464 Animation III
KINE 492 Internship
KINE 491 Studio Topics

A maximum of six credits in:

ENGL 303 Writing for Stage and/or Screen
ENGL 305 Writing Poetry
ENGL 307 Writing Fiction
ENGL 309 Writing Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 435 Advanced Poetry Writing
ENGL 437 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 439 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 491 Topics in Writing
WRLD 330 Introduction to Film Studies
WRLD 359 International Medica Coverage: The Middle East
WRLD 422 National Cinema
WRLD 430 Film and the City

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