3D Animation

Bachelor of Science Degree: Media Arts

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE: MEDIA ARTS – 3D ANIMATION

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts Program, with an area of study in 3D Animation, prepares students in a broad range of design and technology skills for a career in the digital media and design fields.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts, study in animation, will have acquired knowledge of character design and development, modeling, texturing, rendering, compositing, animation, knowledge of dynamics and an introduction to game engine implementation. Mastering of these skills results in artists/designers enable to express visual creativity through technology and the creative process.

The program starts with an overview of the digital media field with introductory courses in web design (HTML/CSS) and video production, enabling them to gain a full understanding of platforms in the digital media field.

Students begin with animation design courses that develop 3D art and technical skills. The students will study polygon modeling, UV mapping (texturing), logo animation, dynamics, character and face modeling, animation, compositing and an introduction of game engine implementation.

The core animation design subjects are complemented by further studies in life drawing, anatomy study, sketch design and storyboarding. In addition to the general class subjects, students create a master project; the students choose the subject matter and a teacher becomes a guide in the creative process of developing an original animation project.

Students must complete all course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design as well as Introduction to Digital Media courses of Term Four. In the second academic year, the students will specifically concentrate on disciplines of animation and advanced 3D graphics. As is the case with the Associate Degree programs, a student is required to take 4 credits in each of four disciplines: Art, Mathematics / Science, Social Sciences / Humanities, and English / Language. Students may select from the below offerings. In no case, may the same credit be used for the Associate and the Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, students will be enrolled in PP200, Portfolio Project.

The students will qualify for entry-level positions such as 3D modeler, special effects artist, web and graphic designer.

Program Cost

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Program Courses

Prerequisites:

  • An Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Platt College or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Photoshop®, Illustrator® & HTML/CSS
  • An acceptable professional or educational portfolio

TERM 4

  • IA104 Introduction to Animation
  • IV104 Introduction to Digital Video
  • IW104 Fundamentals of Web

TERM 5

  • AO300 Organic Modeling
  • AG300 Electronic Game 3D Animation
  • AM300 Dynamics / Effects

TERM 6

  • AE400 Character Animation
  • AH400 Digital Character Sculpting
  • AX400 Special Effects

Bachelor of Science General Education

Art/Art History

  • FIL201 Film and Society
  • MUS201 Enjoyment of Music

Math/Science

  • ENV201 Environmental Science
  • MAT205 * Introduction to Algebra / Geometry

Social Sciences/Humanities (two of)

  • ART202 Fundamentals of Illustration
  • HUM203 History of Graphic Design
  • BUS202 Marketing Communications

English/Language (two of)

  • ENG201 Creative Writing
  • ENG202 Multimedia Writing
  • ENG204 * Business Communications

Portfolio

  • PP200 Portfolio Project

* Specific content transfer required or complete this course in residence.

Upon successful completion of all Associate of Applied Science Degree requirements, Terms 4 – 6, the required General Education Courses and portfolio, students will have completed 129 semester credit hours (2540 hours of instruction) and will be issued a Bachelor of Science Degree: Media Arts.