Media Arts & Animation
The individuals who excel at Media Arts & Animation entertain us. They amaze us. Oftentimes they inspire us. To reach that level, to impact your audience that way requires advanced training and education.
The Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science Degree program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division is designed to give students those skills and training to fill the world with their ideas and their passion. To reach that level, courses in this program begin with a foundation in drawing, color, character design and computer applications.
Under the guidance of an industry-experienced faculty, students examine advanced 2-D animation and 3-D animation principles, as well as story development, background design, scenic layout and special effects. They will also have an opportunity to work with program specific software such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe After Effects®, and Autodesk® 3Ds Max®.
At graduation, students will have an individualized digital portfolio to showcase their creative skills in 2-D design and 3-D design techniques and abilities in order to pursue entry-level opportunities in a range of areas including Computer-Generated Lighting, Compositing and Rendering, Storyboard Artists, Texture Artists, Computer Modelers and Computer-Generated Special Effects Artists.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of multimedia artists and animators is expected to grow by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Expected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television. However, it will be slowed by companies hiring animators who work overseas.
Consumers will continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and three-dimensional movies. Video game studios will require additional multimedia artists and animators to meet this increased demand. In addition, an increased demand for computer graphics for mobile devices, such as smart phones, will lead to more job opportunities.”
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).