The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program is to prepare students to enter the field of visual effects and motion graphics.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Communication: Graduates will understand the elements of effectively telling a story to an audience; they will be able to apply principles of visual communication to their work; they will have skills in interpersonal communication and conflict resolution and work effectively in teams; they will have oral and written presentation skills appropriate to working with employers, colleagues, and clients.
2. Graphic Design: Graduates will be able to apply the principles of graphic design, including visual design, motion and timing skills, and audience and aesthetic considerations to effectively create compelling graphic and motion graphic projects; will have technical proficiency in motion graphic creation.
3. Compositing: Graduates will understand the principles and terminology of compositing, including pre-production, shooting, lighting and final compositing in order to create compelling visual projects.
4. Animation & Visual Effects: Graduates will understand the concepts, techniques, and terminology of animation and be able to utilize them in 2D and 3D applications; will have an understanding of both practical and computer generated visual effects.
5. Video and Photography: Graduates will be able to conceptualize, plan, execute, and deliver visual elements of a film, including digital cinematography, audio, still digital photography, lighting, and editing.
6. Audio: Graduates will be able to produce and assemble necessary audio elements, including voice, sound effects and music and apply them effectively to motion graphic and visual projects.
The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and maintain a career as a visual effects artist, digital compositor, or motion graphics artist. As a consequence, the Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program is a fluid program that is aligned with the current needs of the television and film industry. The program focuses on 2D and 3D graphics, digital compositing, effects production and motion graphics for use in television and film production.
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course in which a portfolio is produced and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.