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Digital Arts and Computer Animation

Laurus College – Digital Arts and Computer Animation Degree

Bachelor of Science Degree

About Digital Arts and Computer Animation

The Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Computer Animation prepares students for a multi-faceted career in the animation industry, including video game development, feature film animation, and visual effects creation.

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Program Highlights:

The goal of this Bachelor’s Degree program is to help students develop the creative and technical skills essential to pursuing a successful career in the computer animation industry. Students will be given the opportunity to acquire fundamental and advanced techniques used throughout the computer animation industry by conducting research, practical application, and self-development. As part of the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in:

• Illustration
• Concept Art Creation
• Color Theory
• Polygon Modeling
• Digital Sculpting
• Texture Painting
• Lighting
• Animation
• Animation Rig Development
• Rendering
• Compositing
• Developing Scripts
• Modifying 3D Scan Data
• Working with Game Engines

The Digital Arts & Computer Animation Bachelor of Science degree is available Online and at all Laurus College locations:

San Luis Obispo
Santa Maria

Students will use industry standard software to explore different techniques used to model, texture, rig, animate, and render digital works of art. Students will also be expected to develop a portfolio that can be used to seek employment within the computer animation industry. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Computer Animation, students can pursue careers in a number of fields, including VFX and feature films, video games, product visualization, and computer graphics.

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Learning Goals:

Communication: Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; communicate concisely, professionally, and accurately in various professional modes, including emails and presentations.

Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by formulating problems and developing achievable solutions; create, analyze and evaluate appropriate solutions, including those for ambiguous problems; streamline information for relevancy; effectively articulate their thinking processes throughout the problem-solving process.

Creativity: Students will exhibit a strong understanding of principles of design, color theory, and composition to create captivating 2D and 3D computer graphics, including illustrations, characters, environments, and animations; demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in planning, developing, and finalizing digital works of art to meet production requirements in a timely manner.

Proficiency: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the proper workflow for a verity of software used throughout the animation industry, recognize individual software strengths, utilize creative control provided by software, develop a tailored skillset to achieve industry readiness, and apply practical application skillset to real world production problems.

Specialization: Students will demonstrate skillfulness and problem solving abilities of one or more particular specializations within the animation production pipeline, including, illustration, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, and compositing for feature film, VFX, and video games.

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Step One

Apply Online.
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Step Two

Set up an Appointment.
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Step 3

Enroll for the Next Term.
New Classes start on November 19!

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Career Summary:

Digital Arts and Computer Animation professionals create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Potential Careers:

3D Animator
3D Generalist
3D Modeler
Digital Artist
Video Game Designer

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2D Character Artist
3D Animator
3D Artist
3D Character Artist
3D Environment Designer
3D Environmental Artist
3D Generalist
3D Hard Surface Artist
3D Modeler
3D Production Artist
3D Unity Artist
Animation Director
Assistant Character Designer
Associate Game Designer
Cartoon Artist
Cartoon Editor
CG Generalist
Character Concept Artist
Character Designer
Concept Artist
Creative Services Assistant
Digital Artist
Digital Illustrator
Digital Painter
Digital Sculptor
Fine Artist
Game Balance Specialist
Game Capture Assistant
Game Designer
Game Writer
GFX Artist
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer
Hard Surfaces Artist
Jr. Graphic Designer
Jr. Motion Graphics Designer
Layout Artist
Lighting Artist
Maya Generalist
Mid-Level Game Designer
Mobile Gameplay Designer
Mobile Gaming Project Manager
Model Builder
Model Maker
Motion Designer
Motion Graphics Artist
Portrait Artist
Product Designer
Production Artist
Project Engineer
Publications Designer
Senior Maya Generalist
Toy Designer
VFX Artist
Video Game Designer
Video Game Developer
Video Game Tester
Video Game Writer
Visual Development Artist
World Designer

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Multimedia Artists and Animators
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1014.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Video Game Designers
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 15-1199.11

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Graphic Designers
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1024.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 25-1194.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Art Directors
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1011.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1013.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-2012.01

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