Visual Effects & Motion Graphics is conceptual design in motion and involves creating special effects with computer-based animation and graphics. To create layered and textural landscapes, an artist will creatively weave video clips, graphic elements, and sound with live-action footage for the most impact. This is accomplished through the agility of digital compositing and, more importantly, the artist?s vision.
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics require a combination of both technical and conceptual skills including:
? Identifying, analyzing, and creatively solving design-based problems
? Demonstrating advanced ability in storyboarding, lighting, shooting, and broadcasting video
? Advanced knowledge of industry-related software used for visual effects and motion graphics
especially related to sound and audio
? Demonstrating technical knowledge and application of animation, compositing, editing, and
? Advanced knowledge and use of studio equipment such as lighting grids and dimmers
? Identifying major contributions to the evolution of visual and special effects
The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program at The Art Institute of Colorado is designed to prepare students to effectively communicate and entertain through captivating content that engages both the mind and the emotions. When real-world images or concepts are impossible to capture, visual effects and motion graphics are employed to achieve a vision. By fusing the latest computer application with creative talent, students have the opportunity to learn that the craft of visual effects and motion graphics involves a combination of technological innovation and craft.
Through digital compositing, animation, and cinematography, students are offered the tools necessary to create commercially valuable visuals that help tell a story, entertain, or make a statement. Students are introduced to the fundamentals and basics of visual effects and motion graphics including basic design, layout, and typography. Skill sets in imaging and layout are combined with computer applications to begin the formation of video pieces.
Students have the opportunity to build upon the basics and move into advanced work in computer techniques, including modeling, animation, lighting, and audio. By integrating technical and conceptual skills, students learn to create story messages and points.
Students are required to complete advanced work in technical skills and are introduced to studio production. The production stages are integrated into final portfolio pieces.