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2019-2020

Kinetic Imaging

School of the Arts

 
Program description

The Department of Kinetic Imaging prepares students to use video, animation and sound for the purpose of art-making, self-expression and experimentation. The kinetic imaging programs are designed for students who want to study video art, sound design and experimental two-dimensional and three-dimensional animation. Emphasis is placed on artistic uses of the media.

The department offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Kinetic Imaging as well as a graduate level program that results in a Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts.

Career opportunities
Change of major requirements

Successful completion of the VCUarts Art Foundation program.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Animator
  • Audio Sound Editor
  • Audio Sound Producer
  • Electro-Acoustic Sound Artist
  • Media Technician
  • Motion Graphics Technician (Designer)
  • Multi-media Artist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Multimedia Production Specialist
  • Video Production Editor
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Art Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Museum Director
  • Producer
Professional associations and resources
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
  • MATH 141
  • STAT 208
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0 major GPA
Department name:
Department of Kinetic Imaging
Building/room location:
The Depot Annex
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828.2787
Email:
kineticimage@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Explore UNIV 291 modules: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Learn foundational & technical skills needed to master your direction within your department.
  • Review DegreeWorks where you will map out your course schedules and path to graduation.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Consider VCUarts service learning programs & courses, exhibition & community project opportunities, clubs & organizations, and the Dean’s Grants.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Discuss courses that will lead to your dream career with your advisor & professors. Consider the skills you will need for these courses and work with your professors to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience. 

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
  • Research & experiment with your art projects. This will assist you in mindful learning.
  • Discuss possible directions in the arts as they relate to your goals & courses.
  • Plan your final courses and graduation date.
  • Connect with programs, opportunities, and groups you are interested in.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Consider the contextual basis of the work you are making, and critical social & cultural issues pertinent to media and digital technology.
  • Plan your Study Abroad semester – meet with VCU Education Abroad advisors early this year.
  • Research and speak to your advisor about courses & arts opportunities that connect you to our diverse communities and communities across the world.   
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
  • Create a professional online resource of your work and arts endeavors.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • Maximize your final year with every opportunity that is relevant to your postgraduate goal. Discuss options with your advisor & professors.
  • Discuss your senior projects with your professors & advisor. Consider ways you intend to display your work in our Kinetic Imaging Senior Show.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Investigate all of the cultural and diverse events & groups that you always wanted to during your VCU experience. You will find that these experiences will provide you with additional skills that translate into future successes.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
  • Discuss your postgraduate plans with your mentors & advisor. Secure online resources for future opportunities.
  • Research professional internships, careers, & arts opportunities, and connect with organizations that are in your scope and direction
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2019-2020

Kinetic Imaging

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning, and to discuss tutoring, electives, & degree progression.
  • Take a tour to learn about library spaces, services, & how to get research help.
  • Map out a 4-year course plan in Degree Works' Student Educational Planner.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.  
  • Explore UNIV 291 modules: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
Experience Year 2
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Learn foundational & technical skills needed to master your direction within your department.
  • Review DegreeWorks where you will map out your course schedules and path to graduation.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
  • Consider VCUarts service learning programs & courses, exhibition & community project opportunities, clubs & organizations, and the Dean’s Grants.
  • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Discuss courses that will lead to your dream career with your advisor & professors. Consider the skills you will need for these courses and work with your professors to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience. 
Year 3
  • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
  • Research & experiment with your art projects. This will assist you in mindful learning.
  • Discuss possible directions in the arts as they relate to your goals & courses.
  • Plan your final courses and graduation date.
  • Connect with programs, opportunities, and groups you are interested in.
  • Actively develop your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
  • Consider the contextual basis of the work you are making, and critical social & cultural issues pertinent to media and digital technology.
  • Plan your Study Abroad semester – meet with VCU Education Abroad advisors early this year.
  • Research and speak to your advisor about courses & arts opportunities that connect you to our diverse communities and communities across the world.   
  • Talk to advisors, faculty, and career services about graduate school versus a job.
  • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
  • Create a professional online resource of your work and arts endeavors.
Excel Year 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • Maximize your final year with every opportunity that is relevant to your postgraduate goal. Discuss options with your advisor & professors.
  • Discuss your senior projects with your professors & advisor. Consider ways you intend to display your work in our Kinetic Imaging Senior Show.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Investigate all of the cultural and diverse events & groups that you always wanted to during your VCU experience. You will find that these experiences will provide you with additional skills that translate into future successes.
  • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
  • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
  • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
  • Discuss your postgraduate plans with your mentors & advisor. Secure online resources for future opportunities.
  • Research professional internships, careers, & arts opportunities, and connect with organizations that are in your scope and direction
  • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.