Digital technology pervades our culture, empowering individuals to transform the way we look at the world. The Computer Arts + Design program, offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry and on the Manhattan campus, investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to prepare students for careers in animation/gaming and communication design.
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In order to be admitted into the Computer Arts major, students must submit a portfolio of artwork and essay to be reviewed by the Portfolio Review Admission Committee.
Contact the program for information and procedures for the portfolio review. Students who are not prepared to submit a portfolio may enroll in CART 200 with permission of the program head. Work from this course may be used to complete the portfolio review. Students will not be allowed to take additional CART courses until the portfolio review has been satisfactorily completed.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all attempted and completed Major courses. If the GPA in the major is less than 2.5, the student will be subject to a formal assessment of his/her aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program and may be dismissed from the major.
There is a 21-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Computer Arts + Design.
Please see the how to apply tab for more information.
Students who choose the major concentration in Computer Arts + Design must complete:
General Education Requirements
- FRSM 101 Freshman Seminar
- ENGL 111 Written Engl/Lit Studies I
- ENGL 112 Written Engl & Lit Studies II
- SPCM 110 Oral Communications
- MATH 115 Math for Liberal Arts
- JRSM 301 Junior Seminar
Plus, choose three credits from each of the areas below:
- 1) Literature and Communication: Literature, Speech, Communication
- 2) Language and Cultural Perspectives: World Languages
- 3) Ethical Perspectives: Philosophy, Religion
- 4) Historical and Global Perspectives: History, Political Science, Geography
- 5) Scientific Perspectives: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy
- 6) Social Perspectives: Sociology, Psychology, Economics
Major Required Classes
- CART 110 Foundation I: Design Principles
- CART 120 Foundation I: Design & Digital Skill
- CART 200 Drawing I
- CART 214 Drawing II
- CART/ARTT 215 History of Art I
- CART/ARTT 216 History of Art II
- CART 225 Foundation II: Process, Composition, Color
- CART 240 Storyboarding
- CART 245 Sound Design
- CART 300 Figure Drawing
- CART 315 Animation History
- CART 316 Design History
- CART 495 Senior Studio
- CART 496 Senior Project
Select 12 courses from the following*:
- CART 250 Modeling I
- CART 255 Modeling II
- CART 260 Broadcast Design I
- CART 320 2D Animation
- CART 325 Video
- CART 330 Painting I
- CART 335 Visual Storytelling
- CART 340 Digital Animation I
- CART 345 Digital Animation II
- CART 440 Digital Animation III
- CART 360 Game Design I
- CART 370 Graphic Design I: Word and Image
- CART 375 Graphic Design II: Gird and Identity
- CART 470 Graphic Design III: Complex Content Systems and Personal Voice
- CART 395 Special Topics Computer Arts
- CART 399 Internship in Computer Arts
- CART 425 Animation Techniques
- CART/CISC 219 Web Design I
- CART/CISC 259 Web Design II
- CART/MEDA 258 Fundamentals of Writing for Film and Television
- CART/MEDA 262 Introduction to Acting
Open electives may be fulfilled with approved transfer credits from another institution or courses from any other Mercy College program. It is highly recommended that majors take courses in the cognate programs of Media Studies, Music Industry and Technology, and Computer Information Systems.
What career paths will graduates be able to pursue?
Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interface Design, Information Design, Multimedia Design, Web Design, Digital Media Design, Package Design, Design for Film & Television (Motion Graphics), Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Digital Imaging, Digital and Classical Two- and Three-dimensional Animation, CGI Modeling, Character Animation, Special Effects (SFX), Storyboarding & Scripting, Prototyping & Playtesting for Gaming, Level Design, Digital Painting, Rotoscoping, Filming with Digital Video, Post Production & Editing, Art Direction, Creative Direction.
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By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Critique his or her work and that of his or her peers from a well informed perspective including knowledge of historical, creative, and technical aspects of art and design
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and skills necessary to be successful in the field by actively engaging in classroom critiques, assigned readings, course projects, or independent research
- Identify and use the appropriate production tools and techniques to complete advanced work in design
- Create a sophisticated body of work that demonstrates proficiency or expertise in design
- Identify and use the appropriate production tools and techniques to complete advanced work in animation
- Create a sophisticated body of work that demonstrates proficiency or expertise in animation
- Identify opportunities for continued education and training for advancement in the field
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Computer Arts + Design program at Mercy College. Applicants to the program must pass a portfolio review before taking classes in the major. The portfolio must include at least twenty examples of art or design work. Please note that besides submitting your portfolio, you must also submit an undergraduate application through the Office of Admissions. For more information from Mercy's Office of Admissions, click here.
Your portfolio should show your potential for developing your work in the visual arts. Submit a range of work that highlights both your discipline and creativity. Submit at least 20 work samples, with a minimum of 10 examples that demonstrate your ability to draw or paint from direct observation. We want to see that you can render forms accurately and create interesting and unique compositions. Any digital work you submit should incorporate your design, drawing and/or painting skills. If you have completed work in animation and 3D modeling you can submit that work as well, but only submit your best work.
All applicants must:
- Submit an application for admission to Mercy College through an Admissions Counselor at any Mercy campus or online. You can arrange an interview with an Admissions Counselor by calling 1 877 MERCY GO.
- Apply directly to the Computer Arts + Design program by submitting a portfolio of work. Work will be reviewed by the Portfolio Review Committee. Carefully review the application guidelines before submitting your portfolio.
Transfer applicants with course work in art and design completed at another institution should contact to the Program Head for additional information on receiving transfer credit for that course work.
To submit your portfolio online
- Upload your portfolio at https://www.hightail.com/u/Computer-Arts-and-Design-Program. See "Required Formats for Portfolio Work" below for file format requirements. We will contact you, either via email or phone, to confirm receipt of your work.
To submit your portfolio in person
- Set up an interview with Josh Gaetjen, Program Head, by calling 914 674 3015, or emailing email@example.com.
- Bring your portfolio with you. If you're bringing digital copies of your work, see the Required Formats for Portfolio work below.
Required formats for Portfolio work:
- Digital, two-dimensional and three-dimensional work: may be submitted in person or uploaded at https://www.hightail.com/u/Computer-Arts-and-Design-Program (2GB limit). Windows or Macintosh formatted, examples should be in JPEG format.
- Videos / Animations: must be in Quicktime format.
- All files must be named and numbered LastnameFirstname01.jpeg, LastnameFirstname02.jpg, LastnameFirstname03.jpg, etc.
- Presentation formats (PowerPoint, Keynote) are not accepted.
Although Mercy College has rolling admissions we recommend that fall applicants to the Computer Arts + Design program submit their portfolios in March or April or, if after that time, as soon as you apply for admission to the College. Applicants for the spring semester should submit their portfolios in December or, if applying after that time, as soon as you apply for admission.