Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, traditional animation, and storyboarding.

BFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
+ Art Electives 9 units
+ Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course

And:

  • Graduation & Commencement
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the ArtistBFA Program Learning Outcomes

Additional Requirements

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

BFA graduates of the school of Animation & Visual Effects will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication and Problem Solving

  • Design elements for film, television, or game
  • Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into design solutions

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology and software
  • Demonstrate facility with digital media

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a professional demo reel or portfolio demonstrating an understanding of the target market
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative / pipeline process
  • Clearly express creative thought processes, concepts and strategies using industry-standard vocabulary

Specialty skills: Storyboarding

  • Create and pitch stories and concepts through the use of sequential imagery
  • Produce work that demonstrates an understanding of cinematic continuity
  • Demonstrate proficient drawing skills: composition, perspective, proportion, and anatomy

Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation

  • Apply the principles of animation to effectively communicate character action, emotion, and mood
  • Demonstrate facility with hand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture

Specialty skills: Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D), following an industry-standard process from thumbnails through final render
  • Effectively communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices

Specialty skills: Modeling

  • Model with appropriate use of form, proportion, weight, anatomy, gesture, and facial expressions
  • Create and apply textures consistent with the overall look of the project

Specialty skills: 3D Animation

  • Apply principles of animation
  • Convey motion (biped and quadruped) and interaction of moving objects
  • Demonstrate facility, flexibility with fabrication tools and materials

Specialty skills: Visual Effects

  • Design and generate digital elements and effects that meet the needs of the imagery
  • Combine digital effects and elements from different sources with live action media to a fine degree of visual believability and consistency

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Gainful Employment Disclosures


BFA Fashion Styling Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
+ Art Electives 9 units
+ Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Fashion Styling Degree Requirements

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course

And:

  • Graduation & Commencement
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the ArtistBFA Program Learning Outcomes

Additional Requirements

BFA Fashion Styling - Program Learning Outcomes

BFA graduates of the school of Animation & Visual Effects will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication and Problem Solving

  • Design elements for film, television, or game
  • Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into design solutions

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology and software
  • Demonstrate facility with digital media

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a professional demo reel or portfolio demonstrating an understanding of the target market
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative / pipeline process
  • Clearly express creative thought processes, concepts and strategies using industry-standard vocabulary

Specialty skills: Storyboarding

  • Create and pitch stories and concepts through the use of sequential imagery
  • Produce work that demonstrates an understanding of cinematic continuity
  • Demonstrate proficient drawing skills: composition, perspective, proportion, and anatomy

Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation

  • Apply the principles of animation to effectively communicate character action, emotion, and mood
  • Demonstrate facility with hand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture

Specialty skills: Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D), following an industry-standard process from thumbnails through final render
  • Effectively communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices

Specialty skills: Modeling

  • Model with appropriate use of form, proportion, weight, anatomy, gesture, and facial expressions
  • Create and apply textures consistent with the overall look of the project

Specialty skills: 3D Animation

  • Apply principles of animation
  • Convey motion (biped and quadruped) and interaction of moving objects
  • Demonstrate facility, flexibility with fabrication tools and materials

Specialty skills: Visual Effects

  • Design and generate digital elements and effects that meet the needs of the imagery
  • Combine digital effects and elements from different sources with live action media to a fine degree of visual believability and consistency

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The School of Animation & Visual Effects AA program offers students a strong introduction to the core principles of animation production. Course offerings include visual effects, 3D animation, 3D modeling, traditional animation, and storyboarding.

AA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
+ Art Electives 9 units
+ Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

AA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course

And:

  • Graduation & Commencement
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the ArtistBFA Program Learning Outcomes

Additional Requirements

AA Program Learning Outcomes

BFA graduates of the school of Animation & Visual Effects will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication and Problem Solving

  • Design elements for film, television, or game
  • Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into design solutions

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology and software
  • Demonstrate facility with digital media

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a professional demo reel or portfolio demonstrating an understanding of the target market
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative / pipeline process
  • Clearly express creative thought processes, concepts and strategies using industry-standard vocabulary

Specialty skills: Storyboarding

  • Create and pitch stories and concepts through the use of sequential imagery
  • Produce work that demonstrates an understanding of cinematic continuity
  • Demonstrate proficient drawing skills: composition, perspective, proportion, and anatomy

Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation

  • Apply the principles of animation to effectively communicate character action, emotion, and mood
  • Demonstrate facility with hand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture

Specialty skills: Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D), following an industry-standard process from thumbnails through final render
  • Effectively communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices

Specialty skills: Modeling

  • Model with appropriate use of form, proportion, weight, anatomy, gesture, and facial expressions
  • Create and apply textures consistent with the overall look of the project

Specialty skills: 3D Animation

  • Apply principles of animation
  • Convey motion (biped and quadruped) and interaction of moving objects
  • Demonstrate facility, flexibility with fabrication tools and materials

Specialty skills: Visual Effects

  • Design and generate digital elements and effects that meet the needs of the imagery
  • Combine digital effects and elements from different sources with live action media to a fine degree of visual believability and consistency

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Gainful Employment Disclosures


AA Fashion Styling Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
+ Art Electives 9 units
+ Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

AA Fashion Styling Degree Requirements

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course

And:

  • Graduation & Commencement
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the ArtistBFA Program Learning Outcomes

Additional Requirements

AA Fashion Styling - Program Learning Outcomes

BFA graduates of the school of Animation & Visual Effects will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication and Problem Solving

  • Design elements for film, television, or game
  • Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into design solutions

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology and software
  • Demonstrate facility with digital media

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a professional demo reel or portfolio demonstrating an understanding of the target market
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative / pipeline process
  • Clearly express creative thought processes, concepts and strategies using industry-standard vocabulary

Specialty skills: Storyboarding

  • Create and pitch stories and concepts through the use of sequential imagery
  • Produce work that demonstrates an understanding of cinematic continuity
  • Demonstrate proficient drawing skills: composition, perspective, proportion, and anatomy

Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation

  • Apply the principles of animation to effectively communicate character action, emotion, and mood
  • Demonstrate facility with hand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture

Specialty skills: Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D), following an industry-standard process from thumbnails through final render
  • Effectively communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices

Specialty skills: Modeling

  • Model with appropriate use of form, proportion, weight, anatomy, gesture, and facial expressions
  • Create and apply textures consistent with the overall look of the project

Specialty skills: 3D Animation

  • Apply principles of animation
  • Convey motion (biped and quadruped) and interaction of moving objects
  • Demonstrate facility, flexibility with fabrication tools and materials

Specialty skills: Visual Effects

  • Design and generate digital elements and effects that meet the needs of the imagery
  • Combine digital effects and elements from different sources with live action media to a fine degree of visual believability and consistency

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

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