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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 Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Outcomes

Program Objectives

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

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/56 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

  • Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2015

    "The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world."

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    Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart is a video production assistant for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s responsible for videography and editing. Cody’s work focuses on the team’s behind-the-scenes show, In the Room, for which he recently won an Emmy Award in the category of “Best Sports Programming - Cinematography.”

    Cody also earned an Emmy for “Best One-Time Special – Photography” for There’s No Place Like Home with Sidney Crosby. Both Emmys were awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

    He admits that the long hours of his job were difficult to adjust to. But over time, he’s gotten used to the demanding schedule and is proud of the effort he’s put into building his career. “No company is going to want to hire someone who is only going to put half of the effort in. If you truly want something, you have to go all in,” he says.

    In his current position, Cody works to bring his own style to the videos that he creates. And he’s excited that he was able to transition from an internship position into a full time position with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Getting hired by the Penguins was huge for me. I could not have planned it any better.” Now, he’s working to promote the new season for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. “I recently completed the Penguins’ newest ticket sale commercial. It was the biggest role I've ever had on any job.”

    Cody, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that his education prepared him for his career—especially the dedication of his instructors. “The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world.” Cody recommends that current students stay focused on their goals. “Work hard and always keep going.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/55 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Devin Hipp

    Game Art & Design , 2014

    "My education helped to introduce me to the game art creation workflow. It helped to moderate the steep learning curve and daunting work load [of this industry]."

    Read More
    Devin Hipp

    Devin Hipp is a project manager and 3D artist at Red Leonard Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is one of the largest manufacturer's representative agencies in North America. He’s responsible for 3D asset creation, architectural modeling and design, and team task delegation. “I am always trying to introduce my team to new techniques and skills I have learned while performing my duties at work, or while practicing on my own time at home. We are constantly sharing new ideas and workflows with each other to try and become more proficient with our projects,” he says.

    After being promoted to a production manager position, Devin was given many responsibilities and tasks that he wasn’t familiar with—creating challenges that he learned to overcome with time and practice. “I felt overwhelmed and wasn't confident in my ability to perform my job adequately. I spent a lot of time asking questions, and even more time studying up on my new responsibilities. I now am much more comfortable and confident.” Devin adds that when opportunities arise, they should be embraced—even if they’re difficult. “There isn't much that can't be overcome with good old fashioned hard work.”

    Devin says that the industry is extremely competitive. “There are countless people wanting the same job you do. If you aren't fully committed to learning the craft and becoming better every day, it's going to be insanely tough to find a job.” To keep himself ahead of the curve, he spends hours of his own time each day learning and practicing game creation. “I came to the school hours early almost every day, sat in a lab, and worked on personal projects. I uninstalled every game I had on my computer to reduce distractions, and just kept my nose to the grindstone.”

    Devin, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, credits his strong portfolio, created in school, for helping him to find a position in the game design industry. He recommends that current students actively seek the help of instructors and peers. “A big advantage you gain by going to school is being surrounded by people with similar goals and skill sets. Use your time wisely and absorb as much knowledge as possible.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/41 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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What Will I Study?

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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 Alumni

  • Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2015

    "The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world."

    Read More
    Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart is a video production assistant for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s responsible for videography and editing. Cody’s work focuses on the team’s behind-the-scenes show, In the Room, for which he recently won an Emmy Award in the category of “Best Sports Programming - Cinematography.”

    Cody also earned an Emmy for “Best One-Time Special – Photography” for There’s No Place Like Home with Sidney Crosby. Both Emmys were awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

    He admits that the long hours of his job were difficult to adjust to. But over time, he’s gotten used to the demanding schedule and is proud of the effort he’s put into building his career. “No company is going to want to hire someone who is only going to put half of the effort in. If you truly want something, you have to go all in,” he says.

    In his current position, Cody works to bring his own style to the videos that he creates. And he’s excited that he was able to transition from an internship position into a full time position with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Getting hired by the Penguins was huge for me. I could not have planned it any better.” Now, he’s working to promote the new season for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. “I recently completed the Penguins’ newest ticket sale commercial. It was the biggest role I've ever had on any job.”

    Cody, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that his education prepared him for his career—especially the dedication of his instructors. “The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world.” Cody recommends that current students stay focused on their goals. “Work hard and always keep going.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/55 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • Devin Hipp

    Game Art & Design , 2014

    "My education helped to introduce me to the game art creation workflow. It helped to moderate the steep learning curve and daunting work load [of this industry]."

    Read More
    Devin Hipp

    Devin Hipp is a project manager and 3D artist at Red Leonard Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is one of the largest manufacturer's representative agencies in North America. He’s responsible for 3D asset creation, architectural modeling and design, and team task delegation. “I am always trying to introduce my team to new techniques and skills I have learned while performing my duties at work, or while practicing on my own time at home. We are constantly sharing new ideas and workflows with each other to try and become more proficient with our projects,” he says.

    After being promoted to a production manager position, Devin was given many responsibilities and tasks that he wasn’t familiar with—creating challenges that he learned to overcome with time and practice. “I felt overwhelmed and wasn't confident in my ability to perform my job adequately. I spent a lot of time asking questions, and even more time studying up on my new responsibilities. I now am much more comfortable and confident.” Devin adds that when opportunities arise, they should be embraced—even if they’re difficult. “There isn't much that can't be overcome with good old fashioned hard work.”

    Devin says that the industry is extremely competitive. “There are countless people wanting the same job you do. If you aren't fully committed to learning the craft and becoming better every day, it's going to be insanely tough to find a job.” To keep himself ahead of the curve, he spends hours of his own time each day learning and practicing game creation. “I came to the school hours early almost every day, sat in a lab, and worked on personal projects. I uninstalled every game I had on my computer to reduce distractions, and just kept my nose to the grindstone.”

    Devin, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, credits his strong portfolio, created in school, for helping him to find a position in the game design industry. He recommends that current students actively seek the help of instructors and peers. “A big advantage you gain by going to school is being surrounded by people with similar goals and skill sets. Use your time wisely and absorb as much knowledge as possible.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/41 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston alumni Sommer Bostick Working on game based training for the military has exposed me to things I never would be doing when I started at [The Art Institute of San Antonio]. Sommer Bostick
Media Arts & Animation, The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, 2014