What can you learn at The Art Institute of Dallas? Your creative education in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Media Arts & Animation at The Art Institute of Dallas begins with the development of strong foundational skills through courses in drawing, design, color theory, character and object design, and computer graphics. As you proceed through your course of study, you will have the opportunity to further develop and refine your skills in traditional cell animation, development of storyboards and scripts, layout, audio for animation, digital video editing, and special effects compositing.
You will also have the opportunity to become familiar with software products such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, 3D Studio Max, Maya, and Combustion. Proficiency in these skills and software tools can enhance your creativity and enable you to produce a professional digital portfolio of work - the most important tool you have to showcase your talents to prospective employers!
The purpose of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Media Arts & Animation is to prepare students to work successfully in various areas of animation including game design. This highly focused program of study is taught by faculty composed of animation industry professionals with solid academic credentials in related design disciplines who will guide students through the complexities of various types of animation software suites while assisting them in honing their drawing skills to very high levels. The purpose of this effort is to instill a sense of self-reliance and confidence, build interpersonal team skills and produce quality work with strict adherence to deadlines. The use of good design procedures will be continuously emphasized from initial concept and research through the completion of a high quality, on-time finished product. Upon completion of this course of study, students will be ready to seek entry-level employment in any number of areas of animation, from conveying corporate messages to entertainment and gaming.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Media Arts & Animation may seek employment on the staffs of network or cable television companies, commercial post-production facilities or interactive game design and film companies in such entry-level positions as animation artist, digital artist, special effects artist, storyboard artist, background artist or broadcast graphics designer.