This website showcases Senior Capstone projects from 2022 BFA Candidates in Animation & Interactive Media, Graphic Design, and Studio Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Art and Design department. Learn more about the department here.
The Class of 2022
For the last few years, education has been in a continuous state of flux. The UMass Lowell Art and Design seniors, like seniors all over the world, have had to adjust to more scenarios than any of the classes that came before them. They are the class who not only had to adapt to a sudden shift to online learning in 2020, but then, just as they were becoming accustomed to virtual instruction they returned to campus in the fall of 2021 and had to pivot once more. They rose to the challenge each and every time, found strength and support in one another, honed their process, and executed refined, high-level projects across all three concentrations. In addition to this online presentation of their capstone projects, they delivered two stellar in-person exhibitions.
The Art and Design faculty is incredibly proud of this group of work, and invite you to explore and congratulate the Class of 2022!
Animation and Interactive Media are vibrant and rapidly evolving fields of cultural production. Both of these disciplines play key roles in art (video, installation, net art, etc.), design (user experience, interaction), entertainment (films, games), and even communication and journalism (infographics and data visualization). In today’s rapidly changing world marked by environmental, political, and social upheavals it is becoming more and more vital to imagine alternative futures.
AIM (Animation and Interactive Media) makes each practice stronger and prepares students to become animators, game designers, communicators, and artists active within the rapidly evolving new media world.
The Graphic Design Capstone is a self-directed project that spans a year. Final work includes comprehensive studio projects with emphasis on design thinking & research processes. These projects including writing, critical thinking, design systems, and final presentations across a wide-range of subjects including education, social justice and branding.
The students are required to deliver the work on multiple platforms including print, social media, motion graphics, and web design.
The Studio Art Capstone provides each student an opportunity to develop their work in a one-year intensive, studio practice as they build an original, inventive, and cohesive body of work.
Students learn to examine their research in a historical and contemporary context, emphasizing critical thinking and integrative learning. Each year’s thesis show provides continuing evidence of art’s ability to invite, engage, and embrace divergent sensibilities.