Digital Arts and Computer Animation (Bachelor’s)

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Digital Arts & Computer Animation

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Become a Computer Animator in 190 Weeks*

In our well-rounded Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts and Computer Animation Degree program, you'll take part in a career-oriented education that focuses on using industry standard software to create digital art and build a personal portfolio for seeking employment in the digital arts industry.

Develop your creative and technical skills in 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animating and rendering digital works of art, while also expanding your critical thinking and problem solving ability. Our program is designed to provide the practical training, technical skills and industry support it takes to excel in the Computer Animation world.

  • 3D modeling
  • Texturing
  • Rigging
  • Animating
  • Rendering digital works of art
  • ...and much more!

*Program length when completed in normal time

Digital Arts & Computer Animation Courses

The goal of this Bachelor's Degree program is to help students develop the creative and technical skills essential to pursuing a successful career in the computer animation industry. Students will be given the opportunity to acquire fundamental and advanced techniques used throughout the computer animation industry by conducting research, practical application, and self-development.

Where You Could Be After Completing This Program

Digital Arts and Computer Animation professionals create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Individuals with Digital Arts and Computer Animation training may find employment in a wide range of interesting and rewarding positions, including:

  • 3D Animator, Modeler or Generalist
  • Multimedia/VFX Artist
  • Video Game Designer
  • Art Director
  • ...And more!

Career Opportunities

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. The Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts & Computer Animation program offered at Laurus College can help prepare graduates for a variety of careers that include, but are not limited to the list of careers that may be listed under the following SOC codes (for more information on a particular SOC code, visit www.onetonline.org).

With so many professional opportunities available to people with the right qualifications, Laurus can prepare you for a career that will take you to that next level in life.

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Here's How You'll Grow with Us

As part of the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Illustration
  • Concept Art Creation
  • Color Theory
  • Polygon Modeling
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Texture Painting
  • Lighting
  • Animation
  • Animation Rig Development
  • Rendering
  • Compositing
  • Developing Scripts
  • Modifying 3D Scan Data
  • Working with Game Engines

Students will use industry standard software to explore different techniques used to model, texture, rig, animate, and render digital works of art.

Students will also be expected to develop a portfolio that can be used to seek employment within the computer animation industry.

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Learning Goals

Communication: Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; communicate concisely, professionally, and accurately in various professional modes, including emails and presentations.

Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by formulating problems and developing achievable solutions; create, analyze and evaluate appropriate solutions, including those for ambiguous problems; streamline information for relevancy; effectively articulate their thinking processes throughout the problem-solving process.

Creativity: Students will exhibit a strong understanding of principles of design, color theory, and composition to create captivating 2D and 3D computer graphics, including illustrations, characters, environments, and animations; demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in planning, developing, and finalizing digital works of art to meet production requirements in a timely manner.

Proficiency: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the proper workflow for a verity of software used throughout the animation industry, recognize individual software strengths, utilize creative control provided by software, develop a tailored skillset to achieve industry readiness, and apply practical application skillset to real world production problems.

Specialization: Students will demonstrate skillfulness and problem solving abilities of one or more particular specializations within the animation production pipeline, including, illustration, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, and compositing for feature film, VFX, and video games.

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Program Information

Program Length

The Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts and Computer Animation program is 200 quarter credits and can be completed in four (4) years if the student attends all terms full time and consecutively.

Instructional Methods

The Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts and Computer Animation program is practical application and involves intense interactive learning. All classes are lecture based with practical application laboratory and computer time for students to enhance their skills and abilities. Interactive virtual classrooms are part of the instructional process at Laurus College. Instruction may be supplemented with guest speakers in class.

Communication and Critical Thinking Skills

Students in the Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts and Computer Animation program complete challenging projects and assignments by using creative problem solving skills. Students communicate ideas through written and oral presentations in various courses throughout the program.

Completion Requirements

Students wishing to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts and Computer Animation from Laurus College need to meet all program completion requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 200 quarter credits, and be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to be eligible for an Associate of Science Degree.

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