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Media Arts & Animation
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Published June 1, 2016

Student Learning Outcomes

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• Demonstrate application of learned concepts from foundation level art courses. These would include: drawing, color, form, design, composition and foundation level digital art skills

• Demonstrate an applied technical knowledge of animation tools and software according to current industry standards

• Demonstrate a practical understanding and application in the principles of animation, acting and movement and cinematic storytelling as it relates to 2D and 3D animation (as applicable)

• Demonstrate professionalism, through the creation and presentation of a demo-reel and self-promotion package, according to current industry standards

• Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, execute, and deliver quality animation projects

• Demonstrate the ability to work on team-based projects

Program Courses

Total Credit Hours: 180
Program-Specific Credits: 132

DFVA135 Compositing for Digital Film
FND105 Design Fundamentals
FND110 Observational Drawing
FND120 Perspective Drawing
FND135 Image Manipulation
FND150 Digital Color Theory
MAA1053 Media Typography
MAAA101 Language of Animation and Film
MAAA102 Life Drawing and Gesture
MAAA111 Animation Principles
MAAA112 Short Format Storytelling
MAAA122 Drawing and Anatomy
MAAA202 Character and Object Design
MAAA203 Audio & Editing Techniques
MAAA204 Acting & Movement for Animators
MAAA212 2D Animation
MAAA213 3D Modeling
MAAA222 Storyboarding and Animatics
MAAA223 Hard Surface and Organic Modeling
MAAA232 3D Animation
MAAA233 Motion Graphics
MAAA242 Character Modeling
MAAA243 Material and Lighting
MAAA252 Background Design and Layout
MAAA302 3D Character Animation
MAAA303 3D Character Rigging
MAAA309 Portfolio Pre-Production
MAAA312 Animation Studio
MAAA313 Advanced Lighting and Texturing
MAAA323 Emerging Technologies for Animation
MAAA333 Dynamics & Simulation
MAAA343 Pre-Production Team
MAAA353 Technical Visualization
MAAA363 Advanced Illustration for Production
MAAA403 Production Team
MAAA409 Portfolio Production
MAAA402 Special Topics OR
MAAA406 Internship
MAAA419 Portfolio Presentation

General Education Credits: 48

MAT100 College Mathematics
COM101 Oral Communications
HUM101 Introduction to Humanities
GE2024 Art History I
ENG104 Composition
GE2084 Writing II
GE2114 Physics of Light, Sound and Motion
GE3004 Art History II
GE3014 Perspectives in Global Economics

Program Electives

Program-Related Electives: Select Six

GAD1213 Introduction to Game Development
GAD1323 Interactive Storytelling
GAD1433 Game Design and Game Play
GAD2113 Texture Mapping for Games
GAD2133 Game Modeling
GAD2223 Interior Spaces and Worlds
GWDA204 Introduction to Writing for Interactive Media
Courses from other degree programs are subject to Academic Director/Program Coordinator approval upon request

* Minimum of 88 internship hours for the quarter

** Students are required to meet with their Academic Director or Advisor to determine courses that are appropriate to serve as an elective.

General Education Electives:
Humanities/Fine Arts Electives: (Select 1)

ENG307 Twentieth Century Poetry
ENG310 Topics in American Literature
ENG311 Topics in British Literature
ENG312 Women in Literature
GE3034 Transformations & Adaptations
GE3054 Myths & Mythology
GE3084 Creative Writing
GE3114 Film Appreciation
GE4014 Survey of World Religions
GE4024 Western Civilization
GE4044 Southern Fiction
GE4064 Spanish

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives: (Select 2)

SOC101 Sociology
GE2054 Social Psychology
GE3074 Principles of American Politics

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Note: The Art Institute of Dallas reserves the right to alter the sequencing of classes. Some courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students should consult their Academic Advisors and/or Department Chair when creating their course schedules to ensure they are following the recommended sequence. Students must meet all co/prerequisites for courses.