Apr 19, 2024  
Mercy University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Design and Animation, B.F.A. (Formerly Computer Arts and Design)

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Josh Gaetjen, M.F.A., Program Director

Admission Requirements:

  • In addition to applying for general admission to the University, applicants must apply separately to and be formally accepted by the Design and Animation Program.
  • Admission procedures are available on the department website: artdesign.mercy.edu. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director with any questions.

General Requirements:

  • 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 their aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program and may be dismissed from the major.
  • Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to achieve the required GPA.
  • Several courses have a minimum grade requirement of B-. Students must repeat classes if their grades fall below the mandated requirement.
  • There is a 21-credit residency requirement for the concentration in Design + Animation.
  • Students should enroll in CART 110 , CART 120 , & CART 200 , in their first fall semester.

Minimal Technical Standards

The following technical standards, required to satisfactorily complete projects in program classes, deemed essential for performance as a competent designer, are required for admission, continuation and graduation from the Mercy University Design + Animation Program:

Essential Requirements

  1. Capable of lifting and/or carrying up to 30 pounds from floor to waist level. (positioning/moving drawing horses, painting palettes, easels and drawing boards)
  2. Ability to tolerate walking and standing for sustained periods of time. (working at an easel in drawing or painting courses, acting out character animation proposals, standing while trimming paper as frequently required in all design classes)
  3. Capable of using large and fine motor skills to develop and execute design projects. (creating and trimming poster mock ups)
  4. Capable of using hands and arms to handle, install, position and move materials.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

General Education Requirements 36 credits
Major Concentration*  
Design + Animation 78 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
Total 120 credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Design + Animation must complete:

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.

Open Electives

6 Credits

Open electives may be fulfilled with approved transfer credits from another institution or courses from any other Mercy University program. It is highly recommended that majors take courses in the cognate programs of Media Studies, Music Production and Recording Arts, and Computer Information Systems.

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