Digital Arts

Curriculum Guide


Richard Haley MFA, Lecturer of Digital Art

Program description

The students of the Digital Art concentration will investigate several modes of digital media production, including: animation, game design, user experience art and design, video production, digital drawing and painting, 3D modeling and digital imaging. These subjects will be taught from a contemporary fine arts perspective that encourages experimentation and development of a creative voice within the framework of the most current professional practices. Contemporary art offers a vantage point to see a broad view of possibilities within digital media, helping bestow the analytical and pioneering skills needed to be successful in the field.

The concentration strives to position art as form of thinking. To make a mark, create an experience, and document motion are rigorous methods of assessing spatial and temporal possibilities. In this approach aesthetic sensibility becomes logical reasoning and experimentation becomes practical application. This pedagogical approach is balanced with investigations of contemporary thought and engaging with historical perspective.

What makes this program unique?

Digital Media encompasses a broad range of methods and production that touches upon many different disciplines throughout art and design. The population of the Digital Art courses at Wayne State is comprised of students from across several concentrations with the Department of Art and Art History creating a truly interdisciplinary departmentally inclusive learning community. 

Facilities and Equipment:

Digital Art shares digital studios with Graphic Design, Core, Photography, and the digital fabrication lab in the woodshop. Digital Art's home lab is equipped with 15 Mac work stations, 3 PC work stations, a myriad of video and photography equipment, 360 cameras, medium format printers, VR headsets, and open space for development of long term installation based projects.

What can you do with a degree in Digital Art?:

Digital Art majors working in related fields include: artist, teaching artist, web content creation, front end web design, digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping, video editor and post-production editor, character and game design, motion graphics, spatial design, and be poised to pursue a graduate degree in a further specialized field.