BA in Digital Design

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The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design is a liberal arts program that connects personal instruction — the advantage of a small program— to Chicago's vibrant professional arts and design scenes, an advantage many schools much larger than Trinity don't have. This allows Trinity students to operate successfully in a contemporary environment after graduation.

The program consists of a 66 credit major in that combines strong skills in graphic design with computer science, communication arts and business. Students choose this degree because it trains them to do digital design for phones, tablets and computers in the context of a Christian, liberal arts understanding of the broader culture.

Trinity Digital Design students regularly attend American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) events to keep up with emerging trends in design and advertising; they also take advantage of AIGA portfolio reviews where students get feedback from working professionals. They also attend networking events sponsored by AIGA.

Because our students study with faculty members who are professionally successful themselves, they not only get knowledge that is current, but also get a hand up into professional networks for both internships and jobs. In addition, professionally active faculty provide roles models for how Christians think and work in the art world.

Senior Brady Davidson, Designer

Digital Design majors spend 22 of 40 courses required for graduation in their major. Those 22 courses are divided in this way: 12 courses in art and art history build a student visual capabilities and a sense of what is at stake in visual culture. Six courses in computing build students' ability to program. Four courses in business and communication arts provide both practical applications as well as a background in mass communications theory.

Students begin by taking courses that build a range of basic skills. Upperclass students from all artistic disicplines meet together in advanced studio courses. The interdisciplnary nature of advanced studio classes —where digital designers mix it up with painters, sculptors, photographers— mirrors the blurring of the lines between fine art and design world in a way that has given Trinity design graduates a creative edge. You can see examples of work by designers in the 2013 Senior Show.

During junior or senior year, students do an internship with a design firm to see how the ideas and skills they learned in class operate in the real world. Some students take advantage of off campus programs (Chicago Semester) affiliated with or approved by Trinity.

The digital design culminates in an exhibition in the Seerveld Gallery as part of Senior Seminar. This new program started in Fall, 2015.

The broad background of a liberal arts degree gives students a flexible approach to creative problem solving and careers in and beyond the art world. You can see what just some of our alumni are up to here.