Media Arts & Animation

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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 portfolio 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

RS092 College Success
DFVA353 Compositing for Digital Film
FND105 Design Fundamentals
FND110 Observational Drawing
FND120 Perspective Drawing
FND135 Image Manipulation
FND150 Digital Color Theory
MAAA101 Language of Animation & Film
MAAA102 Life Drawing & Gesture
MAAA111 Animation Principles
MAAA112 Short Format Storytelling
MAAA122 Drawing & Anatomy
MAAA202 Character & Object Design
MAAA203 Audio & Editing Techniques
MAAA204 Acting & Movement for Animators
MAAA212 2D Animation
MAAA213 3D Modeling
MAAA222 Storyboarding & Animatics
MAAA223 Hard Surface & Organic Modeling
MAAA232 3D Animation
MAAA233 Motion Graphics
MAAA242 Character Modeling
MAAA243 Material & Lighting
MAAA252 Background Design & Layout
MAAA302 3D Character Animation
MAAA303 3D Character Rigging
MAAA309 Portfolio Pre-Production
MAAA312 Animation Studio
MAAA313 Advanced Lighting & Texture
MAAA323 Emerging Technology for Animation
MAAA333 Dynamics & Simulation
MAAA343 Pre-Production Team
MAAA353 Technical Visualization
MAAA363 Advanced Illustration for Production
MAAA403 Production Team
MAAA406 Internship
MAAA409 Portfolio Production
MAAA419 Portfolio Presentation


HU110 College English
HU111 Effective Speaking
HU130 Visual Language & Culture
HU430 General Education Capstone
MS111 College Algebra OR MS114 Traditional Geometry
Humanities Requirement – Upper Division
Humanities Art Requirement – Upper Division
Humanities Writing Requirement – Upper Division
General Education Requirement
General Education Requirement – Upper Division
General Education Requirement – Upper Division
Mathematics & Sciences Requirement – Upper Division
Social Behavioral Sciences Requirement
Social Behavioral Sciences Requirement
Social Behavioral Sciences Requirement – Upper Division


Program Electives

Elective 1*
Elective 2*
Elective 3*
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Note: The Art Institute of Las Vegas 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.