Create Your Future in Animation Online
Want to bring your characters to life? Our online Animation Program focuses on the principles of animation, blending technical proficiency with creative development. You’ll learn the character animation process step-by-step, from muscle movements to animated character expressions. This concentration teaches you how rigging helps create impressive character motions as well as how to build epic battle scenes from the ground up.
Our online curriculum allows you to improve your technical abilities and apply those enhanced skills to your chosen profession. As a student, you’ll learn the production pipeline and how to incorporate your designs into video games and movies.
- Our online Bachelor of Science in Animation Degree with a concentration in Character Animation is 120 credit hours and 36 months in length.
- Each class is studied exclusively during a four-week period allowing students to focus on one particular subject at a time.
Learn the basics of body mechanics and how they apply to the 12 principles of animation. Students will explore methods for creating movements based on professional references. This knowledge of body mechanics will give students a stronger sense of anatomy and how the human body moves. The techniques used to create a correctly deforming rig will build on the information provided in The Anatomy and Figure courses.
Character Visual Effects
Discover the process of utilizing dynamics systems. Throughout the class, students will learn about the core dynamic capabilities inside of a 3D system to recreate various real-world phenomena. By observing the real-world behavior of natural phenomena such as sparks, smoke and fire, students learn how to test the many aspects of a dynamic system and apply that knowledge to create computer-generated effects. Students will learn the fundamentals of a dynamic particle, rigid body, and soft body simulations in a 3D system.
Animation for Games
This course will teach the fundamentals of creating animation cycles for a game character and an environment prop. Students will create a set of animation cycles for characters based off production quality preproduction. The techniques used to create the cycle animations in the class will build on information provided in Storyboarding and Storytelling, Animation and Rigging Fundamentals, Character Animation 1 and 2, and Acting for Animators.
Animators rely on high-performing gear and software to bring their creations to life. As an animation student, the TechKit® becomes your fully-armed battle station to design out-of-this-world VFX and animations for film, TV and video games. The Animation TechKit® includes your own MSI GE76 Raider laptop with Unreal Engine, Python, Autodesk Maya, Pixologic ZBrush and Nuke.* You will also receive the entire Adobe Creative Suite, as well as a Wacom 16 Cintiq, Stealth Trooper Backpack, Gaming Mouse and Headset.
Our industry-experienced instructors curated a selection of Animation textbooks to help you get inspired to create your future as an animator in entertainment.
*Specific types of gear and gear info subject to change without notice.
Take Classes Online
The online degree programs are designed to bring the entertainment industry to you. Our industry-experienced instructors share their expertise through our Learning Management System (LMS). This secure, web-based platform allows you to discuss projects with your fellow classmates, submit weekly assignments and watch instructor videos all from wherever you live.
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