Entertainment Design (formerly BFA in Art-Multimedia)

About the Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Entertainment Design at UW-Stout prepares graduates for careers in the rapidly expanding and innovative field of digital media. The entertainment design program encompasses disciplines related to the entertainment and media industry, particularly, animation, digital cinema, and comics and sequential art.

Who is Eligible

1st semester Entertainment Design students.

What We Do

  1. Develop ideas and concepts entertainment design projects (animations, digital cinema and comics and sequential art).
  2. Create pitch materials (concept art, treatments and storyboards) for entertainment design projects.
  3. Pitch project ideas to classes, faculty and industry professionals. *
  4. Invite campus speakers who are professionals in the entertainment design field to talk about they use communication skills in their field.**
  5. Field trips to industry events, museums or entertainment design studios.

Where You Will Live

This is a non residential learning community and is not linked to a resident hall or floor. On campus and commuter students welcome.

Overview of the LC

In this learning community, we will take a fun and professional approach to examining how Speech Communication and Entertainment Design are interrelated. Students and faculty with participate in a variety of fun activities that will help develop meaningful relationships between course materials, as well as, meaningful student relationships and friendships.

Linking DES 176 (Introduction to Digital Narrative) and SPCOM 100 (Fundamentals of Speech) increases students' ability to communicate about design as well as through design. Entertainment designers are frequently called upon to pitch ideas to both peers and potential clients, requiring organized, clear, and persuasive presentations that utilize audio and visual aids effectively. Moreover, speaking about design topics enhances and solidifies students' understanding of design topics and techniques while developing foundational public speaking skills. As the Design major continue to grow, linking Design and Public Speaking strengthens both courses by increasing the professionalism and applied nature of each.

Faculty Intro for Kevin Pontuti

Pontuti Image

Hobbies & Interests:

Photography, film, animation, cycling and hiking,

Most interesting thing that ever happened to me:

I was on summer break from college and working in LA for the first time for a set decorator and florist. One of my jobs was to deliver truckloads of flowers around Los Angles to various movie studios. Back then we didn't have on-board-navigation so I had to use a Thomas Guide Map…and no cell phone either! After doing that for a few days I was promoted to "assistant set decorator" to help hang Christmas lights and decorations all around Downtown LA for a Christmas movie that was being filmed. I couldn't get over the fact that I was in Los Angeles in July (90 degree heat), trying to make the city look like Christmas….!

Faculty Intro for Amanda Brown



Hobbies and Interests:
Reading, museums, shopping, watching movies, good conversation, dogs.

Most interesting thing that ever happened to me:
I was aggressively pick-pocketed in Rome.



Community Profile

Number of Participants: 24

Living Location: Not Applicable

Classes: Digital Narrative and Speech

Eligible Students: Entertainment Design (formerly Multimedia) students