DRAW YOUR HEART OUT

The Animation/Illustration BFA prepares students to continue with graduate studies or to work in a variety of challenging careers including illustrators, animators for feature films and television, visual and special effects artists, and the gaming industry. Students entering the Animation/Illustration major must have a passion for drawing and have a strong proficiency in that area. Once a student is accepted formally into the Animation/ Illustration major they can study the use of animation software. The culmination of the Animation/Illustration degree is in the Senior Thesis and portfolio class. Here students spend two semesters working on a self-generated or collaborative project that integrates all the student has learned in the previous three years.

Advising Brochure, Program Literature: BFA Animation/Illustration

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses: (13 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to drawing mediums, techniques, and concepts, with emphasis on drawing from observation.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course explores color theory as related to art, print, design, film, web, and other visual mediums. Instruction investigates color harmonies, effects, visual perception, and color symbolism.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The co-requisite is DES 1035. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 2

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course offers a basic study of the elements and principles of design. Coursework provides a visual problem-solving experience that encourages creative thought and innovative approaches to working in both two- and three-dimensional design.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The co-requisite is DES 1025. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester

Credits: 2

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course focuses on the use of the design industry’s standard electronic image alteration program. The instruction consists of exercises which focus on both articulation and visualization of design principles and concepts including manipulating and altering photographic imagery. The instruction includes creative challenges involving typographic and photographic special effects.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The co-requisite is DES 1020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 2

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course concentrates on visual principles and techniques for illustration design using the design industry’s standard vector-based illustration program. The course focuses on how to visualize design concepts by manipulating type and type paths, on working with layers, editing paths, creating custom typographic treatments, using masking, and more. The course provides an opportunity for students’ work to be critiqued and evaluated on both aesthetic and technical merits.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The co-requisite is ART 2020 and prerequisite is ART 1011. This course is offered every semester. There is a lab fee.

Credits: 2

Advised Term: 1st SP or FA

This course is an introduction to web animation software. Students will learn how to create advanced web sites using current web animation software. This is a lecture and project based course with students working individually and in teams.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 1011, ART 2020, DES 1020, DES 1025, and DES 1035.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 2

Advised Term: 2nd SP or FA

Formal Acceptance into the Major: (2 credits)

This course emphasizes the key components to being a successful in the visual arts. Careers in the visual arts, ethics, professionalism, and current trends in design will be discussed. Instruction and opportunities for practical use is given in presentations, critiques, and craftsmanship.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 2020, DES 1015, DES 1020, DES 1025, and DES 1035. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 1

Advised Term: 2nd FA

This course is required for formal acceptance into a bachelor’s degree within the Visual Arts Department. Students will collect, create, and/or improve upon design work and submit it for evaluation to be accepted formally into a Visual Arts Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Successful completion of this course allows the student to continue on to higher-level courses within the Visual Arts program. This is a pass/no pass course.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 2020, DES 1015, DES 1020, DES 1025, DES 1035, DES 1045, DES 2010, DES 2015, and DES 2550. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 1

Advised Term: 2nd SP

Art History Courses: (9 credits)

This course provides a survey of the history of Western art from prehistoric times to the early Renaissance, with emphasis on developing visual awareness and the ability to analyze works of art. This instruction examines selected works in terms of their historical and cultural elements and the phenomenon of stylistic change over the centuries.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 1052. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd FA

This course surveys the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. The instruction provides emphasis on developing the student’s visual awareness and ability to analyze works of art. The instruction consists of lectures that examine selected works in terms of their historical and cultural elements and the phenomenon of stylistic change over the centuries.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ENG 1052. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd SP

This course introduces the student to the history, evolution, and popular trends of animation and American illustration from the industrial revolution to the present day. Students will also explore the relationship and influence of fine art and graphic design on the two narrative art forms and how animation and illustration have influenced fine art and graphic design.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ARH 2011 or ARH 2012. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th FA

Intermediate Animation Courses: (21 credits)

This course explores the process of traditional animation. Students will learn the basics of the animation process and its’ application by story boarding and creating basic animation.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are GDS 2015 and GDS 2025. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd SP

This course emphasizes perceptual and conceptual processes in drawing with an emphasis on composition and perspective drawing.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd FA

This course introduces techniques in watercolor painting, including preparation steps, paper selection, color mixing, and painting methods. Instruction covers aesthetics, composition, and possibilities of the medium.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd FA

This course introduces students to historical and contemporary sculpture. Studio projects explore form, space, and dimension utilizing a variety of mediums.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

This is a classic figure-drawing course, which explores human form and addresses such issues as anatomy, gesture, technique, and content. This course may be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd SP
Advised Term: 4th SP

This course expands student’s skills in illustration, scanning and photo-manipulation software. They become aware of the significance of the different graphic file formats and their appropriate functions. This course is for all visual arts students to help them maximize their individual abilities.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 1011 and DES 1025. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 2nd SP

Intermediate Art Choice Courses: (6 credits)

This course concentrates on visual principles and digital techniques for painting and illustrating using industry-standard painting/illustration software as a tool to mimic traditional art mediums. Students continue to develop their skills in both conceptual and narrative illustration.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 2012, ART 2241, and DES 1025. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th SP

This course introduces techniques in acrylic painting, including preparation steps, canvas selection, color mixing, and painting methods. Instruction covers aesthetics, composition, and other possibilities of the medium.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 2012 and ART 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

This is an intensive studio course focusing on one aspect of the illustration world: reportage (onsite illustration). The class will explore drawing skills, design basics, layout, perspective, line quality, and color by practicing onsite illustrations of the surrounding landscape. This can include drawing buildings, objects, and people in order to tell a story or depict a mood. This course can be repeated once.

Prerequisites & Notes:

There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered summer.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th Summer

Advanced Animation Courses: (15 credits)

This studio course focuses on providing the student an increased understanding of the art of illustration. The student will continue to develop drawing skills, their own distinct illustration style, and the ability to communicate visually through illustration, in traditional and/or electronic media.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 2270. There is a lab fee. The course will be offered every odd-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th FA

This course provides students concepts of visual story-telling as it relates to the different types of narrative, including but not limited to storyboarding, children’s picture books, and the sequential art of graphic novels and comic books. Students will continue to develop drawing skills, a personal style, and the ability to communicate visually using traditional and electronic media.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 2270 and ART 3031. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd or 4th FA

This course introduces students to 3D character and object modeling. The instruction consists of using 3D animation software to complete self-directed modeling projects.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are ART 1011, ART 2020, and DES 1025. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd FA

This course introduces students to 3D character and object animation. The instruction consists of using 3D animation software to complete self-directed animation projects.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART-3080. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd SP

This course provides the student with the ability develop animation/web design elements using current vector coding tools.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is DES 2950. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 3rd SP

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This course focuses on advanced 3D Animation skills in which the animator can advance his or her productivity and depth of knowledge in producing a 3D animation. Using 3D animation software and scripting languages, students will concentrate on designing and developing an extensive 3D animated film.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 3085. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

Credits: 3

Advised Term: 4th SP

Capstone Animation Courses: (6 credits)

Students in this course will develop, plan, and execute a personal capstone project related to the visual arts. Examples of possible projects include, but are not limited to, the development of an industry-specific portfolio, self-promotion or marketing of a business, or preparation for a graduate program. BFA Animation/Illustration students will complete their two-semester senior project in ART 4612.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisites are senior standing and permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester. 

Credits: 6

BFA Animation/Illustration students will complete their two-semester senior project in this course. BA Visual Communications students may take this course as an elective to pursue a two-semester project if they wish.

Prerequisites & Notes:

The prerequisite is ART 4611 and permission. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

Credits: 3