The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has announced that its transmedia department has changed its name to the Film and Media Arts Department. The new name, which took effect on January 1, better reflects the work of faculty and students and the creative and business worlds they occupy.
The new name was recommended by the faculty through a special faculty working group that reviewed the structure of the department and reported to VPA Dean Michael S. Tick.
“This exciting update will dramatically improve awareness among potential students and their families, as well as future employers, who will now have a much better understanding of the creative work being done in the department,” said Ralph Lorenz, Senior Associate Dean of VPA . business and acting chairman of the department. “The new name will allow us to build on the growing reputation of the department. “
The Department of Film and Media Arts offers bachelor’s degree programs in fine arts in fine art photography, computer art and animation, and cinema, as well as a master’s degree in fine arts in fine art photography, computer art and in cinema. Video art courses and study opportunities are also offered within the department, along with minors in animation and visual effects, fine art photography, and computer games. Many disciplines in the department have been ranked nationally, most recently film (Hollywood Reporter, Variety) and animation (Animation Career Review).
Through a combination of rigorous coursework, hands-on learning, and study abroad opportunities, students in the Department of Film and Media Arts are highly qualified in their individual disciplines, ready to meet the demands of the contemporary art and commerce. A strong alumni network helps them succeed in their careers in the film industry as producers, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, animators and special effects designers; in photography with publication of magazines, editorials, fashion and books; as curators in art galleries and contemporary art museums; and as practicing artists.