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Do Something North of Extraordinary with a Media Arts Degree from Northern Vermont University

Students in our NVU-Johnson media arts program explore the expanding world of media with an emphasis on creative inquiry, artistic collaboration, and adapting to emerging technologies. Courses include graphic design, image processing, animation and motion graphics, video, and new media.

The bachelor of arts degree requires 60 credit hours in the visual or performing arts or related interdisciplinary coursework. The program starts with introductory courses designed to increase your familiarity with worldwide artistic and theoretical concepts associated with media and art.

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As you advance through the program, you will take more specialized courses such as animation and motion graphics, video production and web design. You’ll build your skills in the Media Arts Research Studio (MARS), which houses state-of-the-art digital hardware, software, and printers, and participate in lectures, demos, labs, critiques, and public presentations.

Admission to the more intensive bachelor of fine arts program — usually in a student’s sophomore or junior year — requires a review of your portfolio, the recommendation of faculty, and the approval of the department chair. On acceptance, you must complete at least three semesters of studio work and present a thesis exhibition and gallery talk during your final year of study.

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Two female students in an art classroom, holding paint brushes, working together at a table.

“The art professors have so much to offer. They’re here to support you and let you be creative without holding you back.”

- Lily Johnson ’17


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