Get the Skills to Be a Digital Artist or Computer Animator

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Develop your creative and technical skills in the Digital Arts & Computer Animation degree program at Laurus College

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

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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.

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

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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

Upon completion of the Visual Design and Multimedia Associate of Science degree, students should be able to:

  • 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.

Program Length: The Visual Design and Multimedia Associate of Science Degree program is 100 quarter credits and can be completed in two (2) years if the student attends all terms full time and consecutively.

Instructional Methods: The Visual Design and Multimedia Associate of Science Degree 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 Visual Design and Multimedia Associate of Science Degree 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 an Associate of Science Degree in Visual Design and Multimedia 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 an Associate of Science Degree.

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Where You Could Be After Completing Our Program

Visual Design and Multimedia 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.

Graduates with Visual Design and Multimedia 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!

List of Potential Careers

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.

You already have a life. We appreciate that!

We offer online Associate Degree programs – and let you keep your day job while you learn. You can participate in live classes from the comfort of your home!

If you’re juggling work and a family, you’re busy. Our unique learning model gives you greater freedom and flexibility to learn on your own schedule.

That means you’re in control of your learning experience. All you have to do is get the ball rolling. And training with Laurus for a career in web design, with all our dedicated support from Day 1 till you land that dream job, is a smart choice.

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.

With a program led by industry professionals, Laurus helps motivated people get the skills, experience, and ongoing support to pursue successful careers.

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The Laurus Advantage

Practical, Career-Focused Training that prepares you for an in-demand career.

Supportive Learning Environment where instructors care about your success.

Flexible Scheduling Options that include both day and evening classes.

Laptop Included – Students attending classes in an Associate Degree program are given the opportunity to receive a laptop computer loaded with all of the software needed to complete their program.

Job Search Assistance through our Career Services Department, including resume & portfolio creation, interview preparation and live workshops.

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* Program length when completed in normal time.