The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in Digital Animation is designed to launch students toward a successful career in visual effects for film and television, and emerging applications for 3D visualization and 3D animation. In this comprehensive program students will learn the fundamentals of animation design, and visual effects, and then apply this knowledge to 3D modeling, character animation, motion capture, character rigging, texture and lighting, compositing, etc. Finishing classes in surface texturing, rendering, dynamics, particles and MEL scripting will combine all that students have learned into an animation portfolio that will demonstrate their ability to create professional quality assets for film, television, video games, and more.
The application process consists of the following:
PrerequisitesBefore applying to the B.F.A. program the student must complete the following four B.A. courses. They must be completed or in the process of completion before applying for the B.F.A. degree. For course descriptions see Courses section.
- MAR 101L Introduction to Media Arts - 3cr.
- MART 102 Digital Technology in the Arts - 3cr.
- MART 111A Integrated Digital Art - 3cr.
- MAR 112A Intro to Non-Linear Editing - 3cr.
ApplicationDeadline is May 2nd, 2014.
Applications to the B.F.A. program will be accepted during spring semester when the above courses have been completed or are in the process of completion. Acceptance into the major will be decided at the end of spring semester after all grades have been processed.
This site/page will replace the concept of "submitting a packet" and serve as a venue to showcase the required materials (listed below.) This online portfolio should give us a sense of who you are, artistically, intellectually and personally, in order for the faculty to assess whether or not you are a good fit for whatever program to which you are applying. This is a question of quality vs. quantity, in other words, you need to take the time to work on your application site so that you are clear and concise in your presentation of your work. And have fun! This is a chance to tell us and show us what you care about and who you are.
The site/page/blog will consist of the following. These could be broken down as menus, or items on one menu, etc. or even thoughtfully laid out on one scrolling page.
Let us know, in whatever way you would like, why you want to be a Media Arts major in your area. This should include the area in which you want to study, your personal goals, and a sense of your own style as an artist/filmmaker. This should be no more than one minute. Yes. 1 minute. Post it on Youtube or Vimeo and embed it or link to it on your site. (Embedding is a little cleaner)
Digital Time-based Self-Portrait
The “self-portrait” doesn’t have to be traditional, in fact that it must take place over time, it can be done however you like and use whatever media you like, but should be no more than 30 seconds. Again, post it on Youtube or Vimeo and embed it or link to it on your site. (Embedding is a little cleaner)
This will include all of your project work from MAR 111 and 112 plus examples of your best writing from MAR 101 and 102. You may also add art, video or writing examples from outside of Media Arts classes, but make sure that you limit the number of examples—again, quality not quantity. And again, embed or link to the videos. Images can be posted right on the page, and writing can be a link to a PDF file.
This can be unofficial. It must be a PDF file attached in your email or a physical copy handed in at the main office Mcgill Hall 224. If you don't know how to make PDFs, it's very simple, and can usually be executed in the Print window. Google it if you have to.
Deadline is May 2nd, 2014.
Degree Plan/CoursesCurriculum Plan for BFA DA Undergraduates
Once accepted, the student must then complete the following courses totaling 63 credits and 9 elective credits (for a total of 72 credits). GPA requirements continue through each assessment period with annual reviews occurring at the end of spring semester each year.
Year One as a BFA Major
MART 210 Creation of Media Story - 3 cr.
MART 221 Fundamentals of Digital Image - 3 cr.
MART 251 Digital Video Production Techniques - 3 cr.
MART 302 Intro to Motion Design - 3 cr.
MART 325 Fundamentals of Digital Animation - 3 cr.
MART 330 Principals of Sound Design (online) - 3 cr.
Year Two as a BFA Major
MART 323 3D Motion Design - 3 cr.
MART 305 3D Animation I - 3 cr.
MART 340 Princ. of Interactive Media - 3 cr.
MART 333 3D Animation II - 3 cr.
MART 440 Technology of Interactive Media - 3 cr.
MART 425 Technology of Digital Animation - 3 cr.
Year Three as a BFA Major
MART 416 Pre-Production for Animation - 3 cr.
MART 445 Sound for Animation - 3 cr.
MART 499 Senior Project - 3 cr.
MART 450 Topics in film/media - 3 cr.
MART 457 Post-Prod for Animation - 3 cr.
Course DescriptionsPlease see the Course Catalog for a complete listing of Media Arts courses.
101L Introduction to Media Arts
3 cr. Offered every term. Overview of the media arts and their interaction, integration and development in the creation of story beginning with early years of photography and movie-making through the introduction of radio and television up to the digital revolution.
102 Digital Technology in the Arts
3 cr. Offered every term. An introduction to the relationship between aesthetics and the emerging capacities of digital technology. The course will explore the basic evolution of hardware, system software, and the internet and will present a brief history of the pioneers of both traditional and digital art. It will also look at contemporary and emerging trends in the artistic application of digital technology.
111A Fundamentals of Integrated Digital Art
3 cr. Offered every term. A project oriented editing and design course that focuses on artistic expression and its relationship to digital technology. Using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, students will create audio/visual work in both the still image and time based mediums.
112A Intro to Non-Linear Editing
3 cr. Offered every term. Study of the history, process and philosophy of narrative film/video editing and an introduction to Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing software.
210 Creation of Media Story
3 cr. Offered autumn. Media Arts Majors only. An introduction to screenwriting and visualization for media story. Focus is on developing visual writing skills and effective utilization of critical story elements.
221 Fundamentals of Digital Image Design
3 cr. Offered autumn. Media Arts Majors only. Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of digital still imaging in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality designs on the computer.
251 Digital Video Production Techniques
3 cr. Offered autumn. Media Arts Majors only. Intermediate study of digital video cameras, lighting, sound, and their use in specific production situations.
300 Visions of Film
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Study of major film theories that led to the constitution of visual film language and their application in contemporary film narrative and direction.
302 Intro to Motion Design
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. This project-oriented course will introduce students to the basic technical and aesthetic components of digital motion design using the industry standard software programs Photoshop and After Effects.
305 3D Animation I
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of 3D digital modeling with Maya. Students will develop 3D modeling techniques, including production of geometric and organic objects. Through lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and projects, students will be exposed to various techniques that may be used for innovative and artistic content such as filmic animation and compositing.Open to Media Arts majors only.
323 3D Motion Design
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. Introduction to fundamental concepts, principles and practices of digital compositing and rendering in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality time-based art and design.
325 Fundamentals of Digital Animation
3 cr. Offered every term. Media Arts Majors only. Introduction to two-dimensional digital animation, focusing on character and motion design animation fundamentals including: cell animation (frame by frame), motion-tweening, working with key frames and motion paths, moving elements on a 2D stage, object choreography and text animation.
326 Intro to Cinematography
3 cr.Offered spring. Media Arts majors only. Preliminary study of digital cinematography including color theory, composition, lens choice, continuity, camera movement/support, lighting for film and video, and grip in both studio and location situations.
330 Principles of Sound Design
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. Introduction to fundamental concepts, principles and practices of digital sound recording and editing in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality audio design.
333 3D Animation II
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Building on the modeling skills learned in 3D Animation I, this course teaches students how to animate, texture map, add visual effects and render. The course will also cover advanced rigging techniques. As a continuation of this series, students will be introduced to animation, dynamics (including particle and fluid systems), and MEL scripting.
335 Experimental Animation
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. This course focuses on the development and creation of experimental animation projects using traditional stop motion animation techniques such as hand drawn, silhouette, object and clay. Projects created in this class may have elements created using iStopmotion, Dragonframe and other digital capture platforms.
340 Principles of Interactive Media
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Overview of the fundamental techniques and principles of interactive media and exploration into it's artistic application. Topics include internet structure, cloud computing, basic HTML and CSS, mobile devices, browsers, and internet-based collaboration.
416 Pre-Production for Animation
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. This course offers a thorough look at storyboarding/previsuals, idea sketches and writing synopsis, as well as identity and promotion of finished animated works. Promotional imaging, treatments and festival entry work will also be a focus in this class.
425 Techniques of Digital Animation
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. Advanced techniques of 2D animation using Macromedia Flash as well as integrating those techniques with the basic 3D digital animation capabilities of Adobe After Effects, including virtual lighting and the virtual camera.
440 Interactive Media Techniques
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts majors only. Building on the principles and techniques covered in MAR 340, this project-based class focuses on the artistic applications of interactive media in an internet environment.
450 Topics in Film and Media Studies
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Research and exploration of contemporary film, video, digital art and design. Focus on areas of student research both in commercial and non-commercial venues and styles.
457 3D Compositing
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. This course covers the principles and techniques of finishing projects/animations. Students will focus on advanced rendering tools and applications, refined editing and titles/credits, enabling students to leave with a well polished finished animation project.
465 Special Projects 3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Focus on the production of short commercial works, including advertisements, industrial work, “how to” video, as well as paper projects with potential clients. Students develop a DVD/Web portfolio for entry into the profession upon graduation. The class serves as a synthesis point for analysis and presentation of techniques and principles learned throughout the program.
499 Senior Project 3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. This capstone course gives the student an opportunity to create an integrated senior project which brings together all of the elements of their course of study.