For Michal Bruner ’12, pursuing a degree in digital media arts took him out of Arkansas and into an internship in Los Angeles with Warner Brothers Studios. “The experience was amazing and like no other challenge I’ve ever had,” he said. “Going from learning about film theory in the classroom to a large production crew really helped me understand the diversity in filmmaking.”
The Digital Media Arts program at John Brown University encourages technological innovation while maintaining a strong artistic and academic discipline. The program is largely art oriented, with an emphasis on mastering technology in order to further students’ artistic expressions.
The Digital Media Arts major is divided into concentrations of Digital Art and Cinema, and students choose a concentration based on interests and career goals. The digital art concentration focuses on creating movement in visual images. Students work primarily in a project-based environment to animate stories of their own creation. The cinema concentration prepares students to work with digital as well as conventional photographic, video and motion picture applications.
Students receive a foundation in traditional illustration techniques, graphic design fundamentals, and practical mass media skills. Faculty uses their personal filmmaking or professional experience to prepare students for the convergence of technology, art and electronic media. The program is demanding on students’ time, energy and talent with the end goal of industry-ready graduates prepared for a careers in digital media arts.
“There is such a variety of personality, talents, visions and areas of expertise that digital media arts students don’t really have a stereotype,” Michal said. “We learn a lot from each other even though we are all pursuing different things.”