Create Your Future in Animation Online
Today’s entertainment industry needs artists at every stage of production. Our Visual Effects concentration takes you through the entire animation production pipeline. You’ll learn everything from storyboarding to final compositing. Are you ready to bring your visual effects to the screen?
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 how to incorporate your designs into video games and movies.
- Our online Bachelor of Science in Animation Degree with a concentration in Visual Effects 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.
Visual Effects for Games
This course will introduce students to the foundations and creation of real-time visual effects for games. Students will build on the knowledge gained from the prior visual effects courses to develop, design, and create real-time particle and material-based effects for enhancing a level or characters actions combining both static and animated 2D/3D elements.
Visual Effects for Film
This course will teach the process of combining computer-generated imagery with live-action plates. Students will use the provided projects to explore techniques in observation, matte creation, tracking, color correction, and image integration. By learning the fundamentals of the art and science behind digital compositing, students will develop the ability to evaluate and understand the components that make for a compelling and integrated photorealistic image.
This course will take students’ knowledge beyond the Visual Effects 1 course by covering advanced simulation techniques and rendering options inside a 3D environment. Throughout the class, we will study real-world references and take an in-depth look at the workflows used to produce an FX simulation that resembles various real-world phenomena. In addition, students will focus on different topics covering the fundamentals of Volumes, Pyro simulations, FLIP, and Ocean simulations.
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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