Visual Design and Multimedia (Associate)

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Visual Design and Multimedia

Develop your creative and technical skills in the Visual Design and Multimedia degree program at Laurus College

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Visual Design and Multimedia Training in 2 Years*

The Associate of Science degree in Visual Design and Multimedia prepares students for a multi-faceted career in visual design, including graphic design, visual development, video game development, feature film animation, and visual effects creation. The goal of the program is to help students develop the creative and technical skills essential to pursuing a successful career as an artist, designer, generalist capable of working in a multitude of design industries.

Students will be given the opportunity to acquire fundamental and advanced techniques used throughout visual design industries by conducting research, practical application, and self-development. Students will use industry standard software to explore different techniques used to conceptualize, develop and produce digital works of art used to visual communicate purpose, intent and function

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

*Program length when completed in normal time

Visual Design and Multimedia Courses

The goal of this Associate 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 Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) 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.

Meet the Visual Design and Multimedia Faculty

Al Williams

Instructor

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Andre Wahl

Instructor

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Chris Koehler

Director

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Conrad Garcia

Instructor

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Nelson Ocampo

Instructor

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

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Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; communicate concisely, professionally, and accurately in various professional modes, including emails and presentations.
  • Conceptualize, develop and publish acute design strategies that exhibit purpose, intent and function for a variety of design problems in, but not limited to graphic design, illustration, film, and or video games.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of software, tools and technology used to create visual content for graphic design, Illustration, film, and video games.
  • Analyze professional standards and practices, found within a multitude of industries centric around visual communication.
  • Explain the design and development process.
  • Use critical thinking skills to conceptualize, develop and produce digital works of art used to visual communicate purpose, intent and function.
  • Create a professional portfolio of work that demonstrates evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a computer graphics career or transfer to a four-year program for additional study.

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Program Information

Program Length

The Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) program is 100 quarter credits and can be completed in two (2) years if the student attends all terms consecutively.

Instructional Methods

The Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) program is practical application and involves intense online interactive learning. All classes are lecture based with learning activities and practical application laboratory 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 Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) 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 the Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) from Laurus College need to meet all program completion requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 100 quarter credits, and be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to be eligible for the Visual Design and Multimedia, Associate of Science Degree (A.S.).

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