Art Institute of Washington – A Premiere Institute of Creative Arts

Degrees and Programs

The institute has a varied curriculum including the Bachelor of fine arts programs (B.F.A.), Bachelor of arts programs (B.A.), Bachelor of science programs (B.S.), Associate in arts programs (A.A.) and diploma programs. A number of early morning, evening and weekend classes and courses are also available for the interested students.

Other streams available in the institute are digital design, digital film making and video production, game art and design, food and beverage management, media arts and animation, fashion and retail management, visual effects and motion graphics, web design and interactive media and many more. Students can also apply for financial aid or scholarships available in plenty for the needy students.

Campus and Library

This university has technically equipped and upgraded programs which make the students, an expert of creative and applied arts. Apart from a dining lab and three teaching kitchens for the culinary art students, the institute boasts of a lighting lab, a rich resource library, a technically sound audio studio and an art gallery with exhibits made by the faculty and students.

Department of Student Affairs coordinates between the institute and students, regarding the program design and execution including the student affairs too. Student clubs and organizations social events and skill-building workshops are the other highlighting features of the campus life.

Smithsonian Institution which harbors several museums; Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are some of the few museums and monuments of Washington nearby university campus. The campus’s proximity to such famous landmarks makes it the favorite of all the artistic and creative students.

VJ Art

VJ art is a realtime visual performance art. VJing includes creation and/ or artistic manipulation of imagery in real-time using technologies. Music synchronization is an essential attribute of this performance. All these are done for a live audience.

VJing is a common phenomenon of nightclubs, music festivals, concerts and sometimes in combination with other performances. This is obviously a live multimedia performance that incorporates music, acting and dances. Though MTV popularized the term, VJing has its roots in New York club scene of the 70s. In VJing, there is realtime mixing of content from a “library of media”, viz., from DVD disks or storage media such as VHS tapes, still and video image files on computer hard drives, live camera input, or from a computer generated visuals. It also involves realtime processing of the visual stuff.

Historically, VJing is related to the artificial practice of vision and sound. These scenes and sounds are mingleed with other live audiovisuals, such as Live Cinema, the camera obscura, the panorama and diorama, the magic lantern, color organ, and liquid light shows.

The color organ is the instrument of making colors corresponding to sound through mechanical and electrical means. The color organ was engineered by Bainbridge Bishop. The concept of the instrument is painting music. Bishop wrote in a book in 1893 about the instrument. In this machine he attached keys of an organ with different colored lights to correspond with the different notes of the instrument.

Between 1919 and 1927, Mary Hallock-Greenewalt, the piano soloist, created analogous device called Nourathar, or “essence of light” if translated to English from Arabic. Her light music constituted of environmental color fields that produced a scale of light intensities and color.

Liquid-slides, light projections and disco balls were the hot trends of in clubs and private events during the 1960s. In association with smoke the play of light used to create sensation among the audiences. These were fashionably called then liquid light shows.

Passing through several evolutionary phases over 70s and 80s it took the present form. With the evolution of digital media, its evolution, too, is a still continuing process.