Media Arts & Animation

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Program Objectives
  • Demonstrate basic principles of animation
  • Analyze real-world observations and apply to animation
  • Produce life drawings that depict gesture, motion, and utilize economy of line
  • Produce images that display differences in lighting and value that express moods and emotions
  • Apply the principles of design and typography
  • Identify various animation processes in their historical contexts
  • Produce stories and illustrate concepts through sequential images and storyboards
  • Produce traditional and computer animation
  • Produce 2D and 3D animation for a variety of applications
  • Integrate audio with animated compositions
  • Demonstrate compositing techniques using various animation sequences
  • Compose critical ideas for surface treatment, lighting, and motion of 3D models
  • Use computerized paint, titling, modeling and animation software programs to create images
  • Discuss and apply principles of lighting and camera techniques in computer animation
  • Formulate production schedules as part of the project management process
  • Determine compliance with copyright/trademark law, and obtain appropriate releases and permissions as necessary
  • Capture, manipulate, and edit an image using digital processes
  • Create and/or transform objects in a 3D environment
  • Create a reel and self promotional package according to current industry standards

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Program Courses


AD0015PF Portfolio Foundations Animation
AD10130 Language of Animation and Film
AD10210 Life Drawing
AD10221 Color Theory
AD10231 Image Manipulation
AD10251 Typography
AD10311 Structure, Proportion, Perspective
AD10322 Figure Sculpture
AD10350 Principles of 3D Modeling
AD10361 Advanced Drawing for Animation
AD10411 Drawing & Anatomy
AD10441 2D Animation Principles
AD10450 Editing Technology
AD10460 Principles of 3-D Animation
AD20511 Background Design & Layout
AD20531 2D Animation
AD20551 Character & Object Design
AD20560 Hard Surface & Organic Modeling
AD20611 Digital Ink & Paint OR
AD20721 Character Modeling
AD20622 Storyboarding
AD20631 Compositing
AD20712 Web Animation
AD20750 Audio for Animation
AD20760 Acting for Animation
AD20770 Conceptual Storytelling OR
AD20780 Character Rigging
AD20811 Animation Interactive OR
AD20821 Character Animation
AD20831 2D Animation Studio OR
AD20841 Material & Lighting
AD20860 Portfolio Foundation
AD30911 Pre-Production Team
AD30921 Advanced Lighting and Texturing OR
AD30931 Traditional Animation Studio
AD30940 Motion Graphics
AD31011 Production Team
AD41111 Animation Studio
AD41121 Animation Portfolio Production
AD41160 Collaborative Projects OR
IN31010AD Internship I
AD41211 Animation Portfolio
GR10110 Fundamentals of Drawing
GR10120 Fundamentals of Design


GE10110 English Composition I
GE10120 Art History: Prehistoric to Mannerist
GE10210 English Composition II
GE10230 Art History: Baroque to Present
GE10320 Effective Speaking
GE10450 Introduction to Geometry
GE20510 Ethics
GE20520 Physics
GE20710 Aesthetics
GE30950 Music Appreciation
LS10110 Computer Science
LS20620 Business Law

Total credits needed to graduate: 180

Program Electives

Media Arts & Animation Elective List (Select 3):

AD31021 3D Visual Effects
AD41141 Business of Animation
AD41150 Special Topics
AD41170 Art Direction
VE20520 3D Modeling & Animation Techniques

General Education Elective List A (Select 1):

GE20610 Theatre Appreciation
GE20810 History of Film

General Education Elective List B (Select 7):

GE30910 Theories of Communication
GE30920 Logic
GE30930 Issues in American Society
GE30940 Literature and Culture
GE30960 Introduction to Museum Studies
GE30970 History of 20th Century Art
GE30980 Creative Writing
GE31020 Statistics
GE31030 Comparative Religions
GE31040 Media & Pop Culture

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Note: The Art Institute of Philadelphia 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.