Art Institutes

Visual Effects& Motion Graphics

My ideas have power.

Some people see things as they are, and want to make them more interesting, more exciting, more memorable. And a few of them manage to work their way into film and television production houses and design firms, making their living combining images, space, movement, sounds, and imagination to communicate and entertain. If you think you have the talent and commitment to join them, the place to start is with our Visual Effects & Motion Graphics degree programs. Here, you’ll work with professional-grade HD video technology and computer equipment as you have the opportunity to learn to grab the attention of an audience that’s growing more sophisticated every day. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty* who are dedicated to helping you succeed.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Outcomes
See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/5206 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Classroom Experience


Teach me to think in three dimensions.

The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics degree programs can be the path that leads you to a creative career. You’ll start with fundamentals, from principles of typography, color, layout, and design to the latest computer software technologies. You can develop skills in areas like digital compositing to create the layered and textural landscapes that engage audiences on many levels. In a production-style, collaborative environment, you’ll take projects from initial concept to final execution. Working in teams with fellow students, just as you’ll collaborate with others as a creative professional, you’ll push yourself in new directions and arrive at unexpected solutions. You’ll work harder than you thought you could, but you might just go further than you every thought you would. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

Meet Our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Ashley Hackett

    Ashley Hackett

    Graphic & Web Design , 2013

    "[My education] gave me the knowledge of graphic design and the story of printing to do what I do on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely helpful and always did what they could to grow and be a better professional."

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    Ashley Hackett

    Ashley Hackett is working as a dreamcatcher for Lithographics, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s responsible for print sales and marketing—and spends much of her time networking. “Customer service plays a big part of my day, and at the end of the day it’s [all about] how I can help my customers get what they need.” Ashley moved into her current position quickly after starting in Lithographics’ mentoring program. Today, she says that she loves working with designers and customers to bring their designs to life. “Printing is a forever changing medium and I get to watch it evolve along with the different designed pieces that come through the doors.”

    Ashley finds creative inspiration in different printing techniques and by following print work. “My heros would have to be Heather Lose and Kenneth Hackett. Heather has always been an idol to me. Kenneth has always pushed me to follow my dreams.” She recommends that current students get hands on in their learning of the craft. “Spend a day with a pressman to see how much they put into the work that is being printed. It’s truly a fascinating process from start to finish. Experience a web press up-close start to finish.” She adds that it’s important to value the power on networking. “You never know who you will come across in your profession that could open doors for you. Study other peoples printed pieces and figure out what methods they took to achieve it. Brush up knowledge of paper. Paper knowledge goes a lot farther than you would think.”

    Ashley, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, says that her graphic design program got her involved in the design community through networking. “[It also] gave me the knowledge of graphic design and the study of printing to do what I do on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely helpful and always did what they could to grow and be a better professional.”

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  • The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Jonathan Humphrey

    Jonathan Humphrey

    Culinary Arts , 2011

    "Having this [culinary] foundation has allowed me to get the right opportunities so I can continue to grow as a chef."

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    Jonathan Humphrey

    Jonathan Humphrey is a sous chef at Mason’s at Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, responsible for assisting the executive chef in the daily operations of the restaurant. Jonathan maintains the kitchen inventory, oversees organization and cleanliness, and helps to set up and work the line. After working the line at lunchtime, he finishes prep for the evening dinner service.

    He’s also a two-time winner of the “Savor Nashville People’s Choice Award.” “The competition features 10 of the best chefs in town and some pretty sophisticated palettes, so it’s a big honor to win,” he says. Jonathan adds that he finds inspiration from competing with other chefs and learning from their culinary histories. “It’s good for young chefs like me to learn from more experienced chefs.” He counts Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago as a hero. Chef Achatz battled and beat stage four tongue cancer. “Every chef knows how the tongue is one of the most important tools you have as a chef, but he remained committed to excellence and was able to overcome it.”

    Jonathan, who in 2011 earned Culinary Skills Diploma from The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, says that his education helped him to build a solid foundation of the fundamental techniques for cooking. He adds that it helped him learn to carry himself like a professional chef. “Having this foundation has allowed me to get the right opportunities so I can continue to grow as a chef."

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What Will I Study?

Study Section

I'm ready for the challenge. And I'm not afraid of hard work.

It takes a lot to pull off a truly remarkable visual effect. And it can take everything you have to become one of the professionals who do the job every day. The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics curriculum is focused on helping you do just that through as you study:

  • 3D Design
  • Maps, Mattes, and Masks
  • Conceptual Storytelling
  • Motion Graphics
  • Video for Visual Effects
  • 3D Modeling and Animation Techniques
  • Post-Production Management
  • Camera and Lighting Techniques
  • Editing for Visual Effects
  • 3D Textures
  • 3D Effects
  • Advanced Visual Effects
  • Interactive Visual Design
  • Production Studio


I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Visual Effects & Motion Graphics is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we temper the tough with the support you need to make your creativity marketable. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. Here, you’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. So if your heart is telling you that you belong in a creative field, you belong here. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever love.


*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

 

Meet Our Faculty

  • Lisa Ramsey

    Culinary Arts

    "Find your passion, give it your all, and don't be afraid to make mistakes."

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    Lisa Ramsey

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    Every summer I spent time in the kitchen with my grandmother making desserts from old family recipes. It gave me a sense of pride being able to carry on my family’s heritage, secrets, and love for homemade products. That love became my passion for pastry and cooking.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    Having been in the industry for over 25 years, every day I can share my stories and anecdotes. I love teachable moments backed by personal experience. I take a real-world scenario and walk students through what happened and what the results were—good or bad. It shows that I’m human like them, and they tend to relate more to me.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    There’s a perfect scenario I like to use, especially in the introductory classes. Recipes must be completed as a group, and there’s usually a student who doesn’t participate as much as the rest of the team. It’s a great opportunity for the team to practice their management skills. I ask them to pretend that this student is working for them, and to step back and figure out what they need to do to engage the student, motivate them, and help them grow.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    When we open a restaurant, we need pictures, a website, marketing, and maybe a commercial, so we need to tap into the expertise of others. I encourage students to gather input from students in other programs to help with their projects. Friendships are often forged this way. After they graduate, they have resources to help them with real-life scenarios.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Accountability—for their actions, their successes, and their failures. I urge them to take accountability for your mistakes, make them teachable moments for your future, and determine what you could have done to change the outcome. Bosses admire people who are accountable. As a leader or a mentor, your staff will be more likely to follow you if you’re accountable and honest.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Find your passion, give it your all, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. There’s nothing more satisfying than waking up every morning excited to go to work. Triumph or tragedy, make the most out of every day and learn from your experiences.

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  • Tim Hall

    Tim Hall

    Audio Production

    "Knowing the what and the how of things is good, but understanding the why is what makes you an audio engineer."

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    Tim Hall

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    I knew I was hooked on audio when I was 13 and I got my first SM57 and recorded my first song. Ever since, I've done nothing but try to perfect my craft, striving for the best live sound experience and recording experience. Growing up a piano player and guitar player made it easy for me to realize that my future was in creative work. And although I sit on the other side of the glass than I originally intended (I wanted to be a musician), I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    In my live sound classes, I often use multi-track recordings of live performances I've captured on the road with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum...I do his sound for concerts when I'm not teaching. Students see what it’s like to be mixing for a show with those talented musicians. I do whatever I can to bring the real world into class—even bringing a full band of musicians into my studio classes for six hours and treating it exactly how a session would be run here in Nashville.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring, and how do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?


    A couple of class assignments have pushed some students to really showcase their talents. One of my favorites in my Listening and Analysis class was the “pink noise” project. Using Garageband, Pro Tools, Logic, or Ableton, students created a minute-long song or soundscape using only pink noise. Obviously, they had to get really creative with effects, EQ, modulation, and automation. Some of the results were amazing—they turned pink noise into dub-step, hip hop, World War II scenes, rainstorms, TV theme songs, and video game music. Those students went above and beyond and really impressed me with their creative approach to a very difficult task.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?


    Collaboration is key in this industry. When putting on a live concert or show, many disciplines work together to solve common problems. Everyone thinks the sound engineer just sits in a room listening to music all day. In reality, they work with many creative people and musicians. It takes a strong personality to keep them on task—not to mention collaborating with a lighting crew, video crew, studio musicians, system technicians, installation engineers, producers, and managers.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?


    I see so many students focused on getting that “A” that they only practice what they need to pass the written test. The motivation shouldn't be for a grade, but for knowledge. The grade will usually follow—so calm down. Knowing the what and the how of things is good, but understanding the why is what makes you an audio engineer.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I got the nickname “Audio Batman” in grad school because someone was struggling with the A/V during their presentation, and I just got up and fixed it.

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