Bachelor of Business Administration

Digital Innovation & Design

Digital design is not just about looks. It is about how it makes you feel, if it inspires, if it calls for action and, if it works. TU’s digital innovation and design program is a pioneering STEAM degree, which blends the arts, technology and business. Major courses are taught by art and computer information systems faculty in the lab and the studio, and will match your design talents to people’s needs and that will create a successful business strategy.

The digital innovation and design degree creates an opportunity for students to work across curricula from the School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences. Tiffin University has identified the need for a degree that integrates the creative, expressive and skills aspects of arts and computer information systems courses while grounding these skills incore business understandings. The curriculum includes lecture, lab and studio courses drawn from the School of Business core, five courses in computer information systems, four art courses, communications and marketing courses. 

Core Curriculum of the School of Business 18 hours
Digital Innovation and Design Major 30 hours

  • ART130 3-Dimensional Foundations 
  • ART325 Graphic Design
  • ART340 Topics in Art History
  • ART420 Interactive Digital Design
  • MKT253 Marketing Communications
  • CIS201 Visual Programming
  • CIS412 Project Management
  • CIS470 Internships
  • MGT434 Design Thinking and Process

Total BBA hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

3-Dimensional Foundations  (ART130) - This hands-on, introductory course will introduce students to the language and experience of 3-dimensional form. Assignments will encourage students to develop concepts, work through ideas, to experiment and to embrace risks in the design process. Both traditional as well as non-traditional 3-dimensional media will be emphasized. Students are exposed to the role of 3-dimensional concepts as a basis for sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Problem solving on an individual and group level is stressed.    

Graphic Design (ART325) - This course will investigate the mechanics of visual perception using digital design tools. Focus will be on the formal properties of design including space, line, plane, mass, shape, texture, and color; and the organizational fundamentals of unity, balance, rhythm and movement. Students will prepare and produce a series of digital design projects that are relevant to professional practices. Emphasis will be given to the principles of planning and visual thinking needed to communicate ideas. Problem solving on an individual and group level will be stressed.    

Interactive Digital Design (ART420) - This course examines the aesthetic, conceptual and technical foundations of new media art-making. Students explore the form and space of new media images through a wide variety of materials and media, including creating and editing digital images, audio and video and embedding multimedia in Web pages. The course emphasizes strategies for idea generation and story-telling on multiple platforms through hands-on production of new media art combined with discussion of its place in contemporary society.

Programming (CIS201) - Introduces structured programming using a programming language such as Visual Basic. The student will learn to design and develop Windows based applications that are event-driven (point and click). Record structures will be developed along with file storage and manipulation techniques. The course will expose the student to the object-oriented programming environment.

Marketing Communications (MKT253) - This course deals with operation and management of the advertising and promotion function with respect to both its positions within the marketing system and its relationship to the other business functions.

  • Advertising, Promotions Manager
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artists
  • Photographer
  • Project Manager
  • Web Developer
     
  • Computer Sciences Corp.
  • Cooper Industries
  • Genscape, Inc.
  • Liberty Center Local Schools
  • Marathon Petroleum LLC
  • Maumee City Schools
  • Speedway LLC
  • Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Thompson Hine LLP
  • Uni-grip, Inc.
  • Webster Industries

Faculty

George Miller
George Miller

George Miller, D.B.A.

millergeo@tiffin.edu
419-448-5857

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University
  • M.B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.S., South University
  • D.B.A., Argosy University

George Miller, D.B.A.

Dr. George Miller, an undergraduate alumni, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tiffin University. He started with Tiffin University as an adjunct instructor in 2012 and went full time in the fall of 2016.

Previous to his time at Tiffin University, Dr. Miller, worked as a full-time instructor, starting in 2005, at a small college in Findlay, Ohio. The duties included instructing business and technology courses and serving as the Director of Technology (DOT), overseeing their student local area network (LAN) and a liaison for the wide area network (WAN), between corporate and the local Findlay college. Prior to his time in education, Dr. Miller spent 28 years in manufacturing. He also served as a board member for the Stansanco Tiffin Works Credit Union, an auditor for the same credit union and prepares tax returns for the past 34 years.

George has lived in Tiffin his whole life and has been married to his wife Sharon for 30 years. Sharon is an adjunct instructor for accounting in the Tiffin University MBA program. The Miller’s like to travel and have spent time in all 50 states.

George Miller, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
George Miller, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Lee Fearnside
Lee Fearnside

Lee Fearnside

FearnsideL@tiffin.edu
419-448-3427

Associate Professor of Art

Curator of the Diane Kidd Gallery

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Smith College
  • M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
  • M.S., Drexel University

Lee Fearnside

Before coming to Tiffin, Professor Fearnside was an adjunct instructor at several colleges in New England, including College of the Holy Cross, Rhode Island College and Greenfield Community College, teaching classes in photography, video and art history. In her own work, she creates projects using photography and video to explore issues of body image, sexuality, gentrification, and the creation of history. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in New England and in national juried shows. Her videos have been screened at film festivals in Boston, Oregon, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and most recently on Rhode Island PBS. Her most recent projects include photographic work on scars and houses under construction, and a video about archaeology.

Lee Fearnside
Associate Professor of Art
Lee Fearnside
Associate Professor of Art

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