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Visual communication has undergone a radical
transformation in recent years as microcomputers
have revolutionized the methods by which artists and
designers plan, produce and distribute their works. All
means of visual communication, from illustration to
environmental design, have incorporated the computer
as a means to expedite tasks and expand capabilities.
Graphic communicators develop preliminary sketches
(thumbnails) and finished art work for clients from
computer work stations that require no darkrooms,
glue or inking pens. The keyline/paste-up artist has
nearly disappeared in recent years since even small
production houses utilize desk top publishing. Painters
with such stature as Philip Pearlstein produce outlines
of their works with an electronic palette and can
previsualize thousands of color relationships before
they put oil to canvas. Environmental designers create
floor plans and animated tours of proposed structures,
all without drafting tables or hand-painted cells.
Illustrators produce highly plastique automobile
renderings with computer paint software while the
airbrush borders on obsolescence. CAD (computer
aided design) programs assist fiber artists in
developing intricate patterns while product and
industrial designers and sculptors can view a form
from infinite attitudes and directions on a CRT screen.
These are just a few of the ways in which computers
have altered the art and design field.

Electronic imaging majors are prepared to seek a
number of positions that require an overview of
computer visualization including art directors,
administrators of small publishing houses, design team
leaders, computer artists, and occupations in
education. It is our intent that majors be competitive in
seeking acceptance into graduate programs that will
enable them to acquire teaching positions that are
increasing in this field. Recent graduates have been
employed as web site designers, interactive game
producers for Disney and national magazine art
directors (Automobile). The Electronic imaging
courses will provide the broadest experience,
including both electives and requirements of computer
Discover more about electronic imaging by visiting
the web reference site for AD 331 Electronic
Imaging. AD 331 makes application of Adobe
Photoshop. If you have any questions about the
Electronic Imaging major, please contact professor
Daric Christian. Refer to our Course Description
Page to review specific descriptions of classes. For
information about admissions into NMU, please refer
to University Admissions.

The Electronic Imaging lab is located in the Thomas
Fine Arts building (please refer to the Thomas Fine
Arts page for a photograph of the lab). Electronic
Imaging courses are taught using the Apple Macintosh
platform. Other peripheral equipment include: color
printers (Epson - large format ink jet printer, QMS,
and Kodak dye-sub), scanners (Epson, Sharp, and
Nikon), and high density drives (SyQuest, Jaz, and
Zip). A CD recorder is also available for archiving
and multimedia applications.