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.
Storyboarding & Storytelling
Plan a narrative scene-by-scene through storyboarding. In this course, students learn how to take a scripted story and bring it into the digital medium. Students practice translating their stories into a script format in Final Draft. The course guides students to take their completed stories and turn them into 2D storyboards to learn visual timing. Upon completion of this course, students understand the role of preproduction in the larger production pipeline.
Compositing & Scene Finishing
Learn what takes to complete a project from start to finish. This course will broaden the base of students’ knowledge by offering insight into the process of combining computer-generated imagery with audio and video elements. By learning what happens when rendered imagery is integrated into the post-production process, students will better understand the guidelines of compositing and scene finishing.
Visual Effects for Film
Discover how to create explosions and battle scenes in films. In this course, students learn to design and create animated visual effects, procedural simulation, dynamic simulation as well as particle and fluid systems. Throughout the course, students learn to shade and light their effects with feedback from art direction. All visual effects are created as part of the larger production pipeline in a professional studio environment.
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 pro 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.