Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

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Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
Bachelor of Science
Published June 1, 2016
This program can be completed on ground, blended (plus) or online.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use traditional design skills in the production of digital art projects.
  • Demonstrate an applied technical knowledge of compositing, effects, animation tools and software according to current industry standards.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through the creation and presentation of a portfolio and self promotion package, according to current industry standards.
  • Apply visual effects and motion graphics skills to meet the needs of corporate communication, television, motion picture, video production, and other media outlets.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, execute, and deliver quality visual effects and motion graphics projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work on team-based projects.

Program Courses


RS092 College Success
EM1000 Introduction to Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
EM2251 Intermediate Visual Effects: Rotoscoping & Painting
EM2254 Matte Painting
EM2552 Video Production for Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
EM3311 Pre-Visualization
EM3381 Visual Effects - Match Moving
EM3392 Intermediate 3-D Visual Effects
EM3394 Advanced Visual Effects & Motion Graphics – Plates & Elements
EM4402 Motion & Shot Design
EM4412 Broadcast Design
EM4414 Portfolio Development
EM4422 Lighting for Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
FS101 Fundamentals/Observational Drawing
FS102 Fundamentals of Design
FS103 Color Theory
FS111 Drawing, Proportion & Perspective
FS122 Image Manipulation
FS131 Typography I – Traditional
FS297 Portfolio I
FS497 Portfolio II
GA2211 Hard Surface & Organic Modeling
GA3311 Material & Lighting
GD1125 Introduction to Photography
GD1134 Digital Illustration
MA1134 Principles of 3-D Modeling
MA2204 3D Animation
MA2212 3-D Camera Techniques
MA2241 Motion Graphics
MA3312 Advanced Lighting & Texture
MA3316 Compositing
MA3322 3-D Visual Effects
MA3323 Pre-Production Team
MA4402 Editing Techniques
MA4403 Production Team
MA4405 Intermediate Motion Graphics
MA4415 Advanced Motion Graphics
MA4416 Intermediate Compositing
MM1134 Introduction to Video
MM1141 Digital Typography
Elective 1*
Elective 2*
Elective 3*


HU110 College English
HU111 Effective Speaking
HU130 Visual Language & Culture
Humanities Art Requirement – Upper-Division
Humanities Requirement – Upper-Division
Humanities Writing Requirement – Upper-Division
General Education Requirement
General Education Requirement – Upper-Division
General Education Requirement – Upper-Division
Mathematics Requirement
Mathematics & Sciences Requirement – Upper-Division
Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement
Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement
Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement – Upper-Division


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Note: The Art Institute of California—Hollywood(a campus of Argosy University) 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.