The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with an emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry.
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3-D animation is not only a major component in the film and broadcast industries, it is also a crucial element in online entertainment and a driving force for the gaming industry. Companies use animation in advertisements, web sites, and training programs. The growing use of gaming technologies in education and industry (often referred to as Serious Games) has given rise to a need for skilled animators who can work closely with business and academic institutions.
Coursework will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing. The courses in this program also serve as a concentration in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media.
Practice oriented approach
Graduates are positioned for jobs in diverse fields such as film, online entertainment, business and academic institutions, and the gaming industry
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Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation General Requirements
Complete one of the following. Note: For students with a portfolio waiver, DGM 6450 is the core course:
DGM 6105 - Visual Communications Foundation
DGM 6450 - Animation Basics
DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6510 - 3-D Modeling
DGM 6530 - Character Animation
DGM 6540 - Compositing
DGM 6882 - Animation Reel
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The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers:
A practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with an emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry.
Coursework that will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing.
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