The Media Arts & Animation program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in television, both network and cable, major corporations, commercial postproduction facilities, and film production companies. Exciting opportunities such as animation artist, special effects artist, broadcast graphics designer, and video postproduction artist are at the forefront of an industry that repackages information in creative new ways. The computer animator is a highly skilled and specialized visual communicator who combines artistic talent with technological expertise to create impressions in a moving image format.
In this program, students begin with a substantial foundation in drawing, color, design, and computer applications. Students have the opportunity to develop advanced skills in various aspects of computer graphics and animation. Students use the tools of the computer animation profession, ranging from computer operating systems to three-dimensional modeling. These tools are designed to enhance a student’s flexibility and creativity to produce an individualized digital portfolio that demonstrates their practical and technical abilities to potential employers.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
• Apply concepts from traditional art courses including drawing, color, form, design, composition and digital art skills according to industry standards.
• Use standard industry animation and digital design software.
• Employ the principles of animation, acting and movement and cinematic storytelling as it relates to 2-D and 3-D animation.
• Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism, presentation skills and core curriculum competencies through effective self-marketing.
• Seek entry-level positions such as animation or digital artist, special effects artist, storyboard artist, background artist, broadcast graphics designer, or lighting designer at a commercial postproduction facility or game design company.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts & Animation, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.