About Digital Art
Learn to give form to ideas while making use of multimedia.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art digital art concentrations nurture creative insight, theoretical grounding, and practical expertise. LSU also offers a Master in Digital Media Arts & Engineering and two DMAE minors: the arts-oriented DMART and the technology-oriented DMAET.
Digital technology is an essential part of the creative process. Over the past 50 years, digital technology has transformed the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, and music/sound art, and groundbreaking multimedia artists are working across traditional disciplines and using digital technology to create interactive installations, virtual realities, and more.
At LSU, we teach the expressive potential of hybridized technologies and democratized tools to engage with diverse audiences. We emphasize emergent forms, and student work may manifest through integrated media including digital cinema, mobile networks, printed matter, performance, public intervention, audio composition, installation, game platforms, and the Internet, among limitless possibilities.
Animation Career Review named LSU’s animation program the 14th best public university or college animation program in the nation!
While studying digital art at LSU, Madeline Kornman interned at Incendii VFX in New Orleans, where she worked on the Academy Award–winning film, Selma.
For her digital art thesis exhibition, Haley Hatfield experimented with 360-degree video and virtual reality to document real-life experiences.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in digital art refine their skills in classes that provide a broad, integrated understanding of creative practice across 3D modeling, animation, video, web, interactive systems, photo-based media, and digital printmaking. Students may also choose to pursue a 21-credit-hour minor in Digital Media Arts & Engineering, a collaborative endeavor with seven campus units at LSU. Visit dmae.lsu.edu/minor for more information about the DMAE minor.
The digital art MFA curriculum is comprehensive, experimental, and flexible. Converging practices in interactivity, lens-based media, and virtual spaces are central to our program, as are balancing individual explorations with team-based collaborations. Our curriculum facilitates discourse within the context of history, theory, and contemporary society. Above all, we foster nimble artists ready to shape a future of art, cultural, and technological progress.
The Master in Digital Media Arts & Engineering (DMAE) is an interdisciplinary program involving the College of Art & Design and the College of Engineering. DMAE is an intensive, two-year master’s degree that employs a practice-driven approach to produce polished outcomes designed to meet industry needs. The courses explore cutting-edge developments in video games, interactive design, visual effects, and animation. Visit dmae.lsu.edu for more information.
Digital Art Faculty
Our faculty draw from many backgrounds to support multidisciplinary digital media creation and are devoted to fostering intellectually driven artists and communicators.
Aldin Bilalovic, Instructor
Kolby Kember, Instructor
Hye Yeon Nam, Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator
Derick Ostrenko, Assistant Professor
Evan Smith, Instructor
Kristine Thompson, Assistant Professor
Jesse Allison, Assistant Professor of Experimental Music & Digital Media
Marc Aubunel, Adjunct Professor and Director, Digital Media Arts & Engineering
Robert Kooima, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Professor of Art History
Ken Wesley, Instructor, Digital Media Arts & Engineering
Beyond the Studio
Seated at the flagship research university in Louisiana, our program encourages collaborations with faculty in areas from the sciences to the humanities as well as cutting-edge industry creators. We support our students in pursuing opportunities throughout the university and the broader community. The Center for Computation & Technology has established a multidisciplinary research and creative focus on the intersections between the arts, technology, and the computations sciences.
The Digital Art and Design Association (DADA) serves as a creative laboratory for making original content, hosting events, and working with clients on various digital media projects.
Visiting artists and lecturers provide further opportunities for students to extend their creative interests and to establish connections with artists from a variety of disciplines.
The high ground above the Mississippi River is an environment where landscape, climate, history, and culture allow for a lifestyle that is uniquely suited to the artistic temperament.
Digital art occupies offices, classrooms, and studio spaces in the Art Building. Digital art students have access to a state-of-the-art 4K or Ultra HD theater via the Digital Media Center, a 100,000-square-foot building that is home to Electronic Arts and the Center for Computation & Technology. More digital art facilities include a media research studio, computer labs, a motion capture and lighting studio, and a private editing suite. A variety of render farm resources are available for digital art students, as well as video production equipment and professional quality software. View a complete list of digital art resources and facilities and an inventory overview.
Students have access to a traditional wood-working shop; digital fabrication, photography, and lighting equipment; large-format printers and scanners; an arboretum; a foundry; a motion-capture studio; high-end work stations; and more.
The School of Art hosts exhibitions throughout the year at its on- and off-campus galleries. Students have abundant opportunities to see and experience innovative work from a wide range of perspectives and social themes.
Renovations to the Studio Arts Building are underway. The building is the gateway to the historic part of campus and will promote arts to the community and provide state-of-the-art facilities and studios for students.