Students looking for careers in the Fine Arts and Graphic Design now have a clearer path to their chosen careers thanks to a new program at Bay College. The Associate of Art degree in Art and Design is primarily designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. Careers that fall into this category include art directors, studio and commercial photographers, videographers, fine and craft artists, fashion designers, floral designers, graphic designers, interior designers, industrial designers, and multimedia designers.
The Art & Design program is designed to provide students with a strong general education background, as well as a concentration in painting/drawing, photography, digital cinema, graphic design, or ceramics/sculpture. Bay College has articulated agreements with Northern Michigan University and Finlandia University. Additional agreements are being reviewed with Kendall College of Art and Design, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Concordia University.
By providing interested and talented students with excellent options and guidance, this program is poised to attract more students and prepare them not only for four-year programs, but also for their career.
Bay College has enjoyed a strong culture of arts and design over the years that will be strengthened by the development of this new program. By providing interested and talented students with excellent options and guidance, this program is poised to attract more students and prepare them not only for four-year programs, but also for their career.
Bay College has excellent studios as well as a Mac Lab. Students have access to the latest digital programs and access to professional equipment. Courses that might interest students in this program include:
Digital Cinema I & II:
Introduction to the physical aspects of digital video production. Screenings emphasize narrative features and shorts. With Digital Cinema II, students will continue to develop digital video production skills and knowledge emphasizing experimental and documentary narrative video production. Equipment is provided.
Students are expected to explore how installation, performance and interventions can demonstrate an idea, experience, implicate the viewer, address location specifically (and non-specifically) and shift an audience’s perception of time and/or space. The class will introduce students to some of the concepts in the history of installation and current shifts in the definition of installation art and the emergence of actions and interventions.
Gallery Curating and Management:
Is a practicum designed to provide professional gallery and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Interns may be assigned to the following departments: curatorial, collection education, or communications/marketing.
Bay College has enjoyed a strong culture of arts and design over the years that will be strengthened by the development of this new program.
Digital Photography I & II:
The purpose of this course is to teach students to become good photographers, using the camera and editing tools to convey ideas and vision in artistic ways. Through a mixture of technical instruction, shooting, classroom critique and aesthetic principles, students will learn to communicate through the medium of photography. Digital Photo II continues students’ exploration into the artistic medium of photography. Students will continue to learn aesthetic principles about light, composition, and form, as well as deepen their knowledge of editing software. Equipment is provided.
A studio class in which the student will work in both hand-building and wheel methods of forming clay. Various methods of decorating, glazing, and firing pots and sculptures will be included. Developing more advanced techniques in sculpture, potter’s wheel, kiln construction, and glaze calculation will be the focus for Ceramics II.
Graphic Communication I & II:
Graphic Communication I, is an introduction into graphic communication concepts. This course will focus on design and aesthetics as well as the productive and technological aspects of the industry. Graphic Communication II, is a continuation of graphic communication concepts. It will focus on the principle of letterform and typography as a form of communication in graphic design. Students will blend self-created fonts, content specific material, and color theory to create communicative messages.
Painting is a studio class that gives the student a working knowledge of the materials and processes involved in painting.
Drawing and Painting:
Drawing is a two-dimensional course for the student interested in drawing. The course will develop in the student the fundamental techniques of drawing. The student will work with various materials and subjects. Emphasis will be placed on developing a process of drawing, which the student can use later by herself/himself. Painting is a studio class that gives the student a working knowledge of the materials and painting processes in addition to developing ways of thinking about painting as self-expression. Drawing and Painting offer I & II levels.
Study the artistic terminology in relation to visual perception and communication. Study of artistic impression, color and patterns, and their use will be highlighted. Students will demonstrate these principles with the use of digital software and hardware.
With excellent faculty to guide students both academically and professionally, Bay College is the perfect place for students interested in the arts to begin their careers. Please come and visit us to see how the arts can fit into your career plan!
For more information, contact Kristine Granger at 906.217.4252