Media_Arts_Animation

Media Arts& Animation

I want to create my own future.

All kinds of industries—beyond just entertainment and media—need creative minds to bring ideas to life. Animators. 3D animators. Multimedia artists. Special Effects artists. Along with others, they put their skills and imaginations to work everywhere from film and TV to medicine and law. If you have the talent, passion, and tenacity to follow that career path, Media Arts & Animation degree programs can prepare you for a life of doing what you love. In our creative and supportive environment, you’ll use industry-specific hardware and software in an environment that’s as challenging and competitive as the real world. 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*. It won't be easy. But nothing truly worthwhile ever is.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2398 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important data.

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Classroom Experience

It's sink or swim. And I'm ready to dive in.

As a digital storyteller, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a highly competitive, fast-paced and constantly evolving profession. That’s why it’s critical that you immerse yourself in learning every creative and production phase—from concept through delivery. In our program you’ll start with fundamentals in drawing, composition, color, and design. From there, you can learn to express your ideas in pictures and words. You can create the characters and their stories, then bring them to life in the worlds they inhabit. You can compose the shots and sequences of action, then edit it into a presentation ready for any screen. You’ll work with the same kinds of technology professionals use. You’ll be challenged with assignments drawn from the real world, and you’ll collaborate with your peers, just as you would in a production studio. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

Meet our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Caleb Lambert

    Caleb Lambert

    Media Arts & Animation , 2015

    "[In school], I learned that time management and deadlines are priority number one."

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    Caleb Lambert

    Visual Effects Artist for DuPont Sustainable Solutions

    Caleb Lambert is a visual effects artist for DuPont Sustainable Solutions in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He creates computer imagery for clients, utilizing animation, 3D modeling, particle systems, lighting, texturing, and compositing. “My career doesn’t feel like a job. I would be doing this at home in my free time because I enjoy it,” he says.

    Caleb is proud to have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation. “During [my time in school], I not only learned about software and skillsets, but I leaned about myself and my potential.” He adds that his inspiration is Georges Méliès. “I can’t even sum up how much he has inspired me. The man is a legend, and the father of visual effects.” Caleb believes that 3D printing will continue to impact the industry. “[It] has really taken hold of the imaginations of millions of people, and with that comes advances in 3D scanning equipment and software. I see 3D scanning becoming the standard for capturing the geometry of assets to be utilized for post-production purposes—whether it is a film set, and actor, or a prop.”

    Caleb, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education taught him time management and how to deal with tight deadlines. “You can come into a job and not know too much about this or that program and that’s ok. But if you do not have the skills to deliver the work when it’s needed, [you will not succeed].” He recommends that current students stay focused and “go hard or go home. This industry is highly competitive and highly stressful. If you want to remain on top of the food chain, keep learning new software and techniques.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2398 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Chad Krikorian

    Chad Krikorian

    Interior Design , 2013

    "[The school provided] me with the best instructors and access to professionals in the field."

    Read More
    Chad Krikorian

    Interior Designer for Cox, Kliewer & Co.

    As an interior designer for Cox, Kliewer & Co., Chad Krikorian is responsible for maintaining the sample library, designing in AutoCAD, and assisting the architects. He states that his work is busy and exciting—and focused on designing residential and commercial spaces.

    Chad notes that he was named Homearama’s “Future Design Star” in the fall of 2011, a designation presented by Tidewater Building Association. Homearama is a 16-day display held in Virginia for fully landscaped customized homes. Since then he’s kept up with interior design trends by staying on top of technology, materials, and finishes, and he recommends that current interior design students do the same.

    Chad, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education helped to prepare him for a creative career. “[The school provided] me with the best instructors and access to professionals in the field.” He adds that the opportunity to learn alongside these professionals* provided insight that’s been beneficial in his transition to the working world.


    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2397 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. *Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

    Read More...
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Harlen Capen

    Harlen D. Capen

    Digital Photography , 2015

    "Photography is an extremely fast-paced career when it comes to new technology."

    Read More
    Harlen D. Capen

    Scientific and Technical Photographer for NASA

    Harlen Capen is a scientific and technical photographer for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. His photography assignments range from portraiture to secret tests in wind tunnels. “One of my favorite moments from this past year was when I was chosen to shoot the cover for the August 31, 2015 edition of Aviation Week Magazine,” he says.

    Harlen adds that he’s enjoying watching the evolution of NASA technology. “My photography has been a part of testing for Boeing and some of my photographs [were used to help] researchers to decide what materials to use as windows in the Orion Space Capsule,” he says.

    Harlen, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education provided the foundation he needed to focus on a photography career. “When I started my education, I literally knew nothing about photography.” He adds that photography is an extremely fast-paced career that requires lifelong learning. “It is important to learn early on which trends are right for you to follow.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4594 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?

Media_Arts_Animation

I'm ready to start telling stories.

Our Media Arts & Animation curriculum will truly put you to the test. Because it was designed by industry experts to help put you in a position to succeed in field where the only limit is your imagination. You'll study:

  • Digital Imaging
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • Character and Object Design for Animation
  • Cinematic Storytelling
  • Digital Editing
  • Computer 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Principles of Animation
  • Acting / Movement
  • 2D Animation
  • Storyboard Rendering for Animation
  • Camera and Lighting Techniques
  • Creative and Collaborative Project Management
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Character Animation
  • 3D Textures
  • Web Animation

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Media Arts & Animation degree programs are 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

  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Caleb Lambert

    Caleb Lambert

    Media Arts & Animation , 2015

    "[In school], I learned that time management and deadlines are priority number one."

    Read More
    Caleb Lambert

    Visual Effects Artist for DuPont Sustainable Solutions

    Caleb Lambert is a visual effects artist for DuPont Sustainable Solutions in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He creates computer imagery for clients, utilizing animation, 3D modeling, particle systems, lighting, texturing, and compositing. “My career doesn’t feel like a job. I would be doing this at home in my free time because I enjoy it,” he says.

    Caleb is proud to have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation. “During [my time in school], I not only learned about software and skillsets, but I leaned about myself and my potential.” He adds that his inspiration is Georges Méliès. “I can’t even sum up how much he has inspired me. The man is a legend, and the father of visual effects.” Caleb believes that 3D printing will continue to impact the industry. “[It] has really taken hold of the imaginations of millions of people, and with that comes advances in 3D scanning equipment and software. I see 3D scanning becoming the standard for capturing the geometry of assets to be utilized for post-production purposes—whether it is a film set, and actor, or a prop.”

    Caleb, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education taught him time management and how to deal with tight deadlines. “You can come into a job and not know too much about this or that program and that’s ok. But if you do not have the skills to deliver the work when it’s needed, [you will not succeed].” He recommends that current students stay focused and “go hard or go home. This industry is highly competitive and highly stressful. If you want to remain on top of the food chain, keep learning new software and techniques.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2398 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Chad Krikorian

    Chad Krikorian

    Interior Design , 2013

    "[The school provided] me with the best instructors and access to professionals in the field."

    Read More
    Chad Krikorian

    Interior Designer for Cox, Kliewer & Co.

    As an interior designer for Cox, Kliewer & Co., Chad Krikorian is responsible for maintaining the sample library, designing in AutoCAD, and assisting the architects. He states that his work is busy and exciting—and focused on designing residential and commercial spaces.

    Chad notes that he was named Homearama’s “Future Design Star” in the fall of 2011, a designation presented by Tidewater Building Association. Homearama is a 16-day display held in Virginia for fully landscaped customized homes. Since then he’s kept up with interior design trends by staying on top of technology, materials, and finishes, and he recommends that current interior design students do the same.

    Chad, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education helped to prepare him for a creative career. “[The school provided] me with the best instructors and access to professionals in the field.” He adds that the opportunity to learn alongside these professionals* provided insight that’s been beneficial in his transition to the working world.


    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2397 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. *Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

    Read More...
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Harlen Capen

    Harlen D. Capen

    Digital Photography , 2015

    "Photography is an extremely fast-paced career when it comes to new technology."

    Read More
    Harlen D. Capen

    Scientific and Technical Photographer for NASA

    Harlen Capen is a scientific and technical photographer for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. His photography assignments range from portraiture to secret tests in wind tunnels. “One of my favorite moments from this past year was when I was chosen to shoot the cover for the August 31, 2015 edition of Aviation Week Magazine,” he says.

    Harlen adds that he’s enjoying watching the evolution of NASA technology. “My photography has been a part of testing for Boeing and some of my photographs [were used to help] researchers to decide what materials to use as windows in the Orion Space Capsule,” he says.

    Harlen, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education provided the foundation he needed to focus on a photography career. “When I started my education, I literally knew nothing about photography.” He adds that photography is an extremely fast-paced career that requires lifelong learning. “It is important to learn early on which trends are right for you to follow.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4594 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
The Art Institute of Michigan alumni Calvert Griffin [My education] helped me to learn how to be an effective teammate and work well with others. Calvert Griffin
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 2014, The Art Institute of Michigan