Aug 13, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Fine Arts - Visual Communication, Digital and Media Arts (VCDMA) Animation & Motion Graphics Concentration, BS

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The Animation & Motion Graphics concentrations includes additional coursework in animation, communications (television/video production) and English (film studies and screenwriting), and provide students with an overview of the business of animation and motion graphics design. The concentration under the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts, (BS) Major, allows students the opportunity to focus on a highly competitive and successful career option. The objectives of the concentration are as to prepare graduates to enter a career in animation (2D or 3D), motion graphics, compositing, special effects and new media. They will also be empowered to continue their success and studies at the graduate level and beyond. Students will focus primarily on animation, sequential and time based art; including the integration of video and film production. The Animation & Motion Graphics concentration prepares students for careers in (but not limited to): 2D/3D animation, compositing, special effects, broadcast and motion graphics industries. Students also merge skills in illustration, art/design, new media and digital video/film production.

Expected student learning outcomes
After successful completion of coursework, portfolio reviews, exhibitions/screenings, internships and senior thesis projects, students will be able to:

• Organize the advanced elements and principles of art, design and animation

• Demonstrate the organizational principles that underline the effective manipulation of the optical elements in 2D/3D space with animation and video; character                                    and text/typographic-based  animation

• Demonstrate a full command of a variety of design/animation and digital video, audio editing, compositing software packages and develop creative and effective problem-solving      skills

• Utilize animation, motion graphics and compositing software to create 2D and 3D animation and graphics

• Apply successful usage of principles of animation; physics, motion

• Examine and use vocabulary of animation terms and techniques

• Design and produce scripts, treatments, animatics & storyboards

• Develop concepts and narratives for animation

• Assemble an entry-level portfolio of short animation projects and examples

• Develop advertising and visual marketing campaigns using animation, motion graphics and other time-based media (film/video)

General Education And Institutional Requirements

See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements  for all options.


English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits

Sciences (7-8 semester hours; at least one of which shall be a laboratory course)

  • ____ ___ Science Elective 3/4 Credits
  • ____ ___ Science Elective w/laboratory course 4 Credits

Mathematics (3 semester hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)

Technology (3 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ COSC 110 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 111 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 112 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 113 3 Credits

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives: 9 semester credits for Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; 12 semester credits of foreign language for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Selected courses chosen from any category within the General Education Course List. See advisor and refer to catalog for approved courses.

Total General Education Requirements: 40-41

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar/Information Literacy

Total Institutional Requirements: 6

Foreign Language (12 semester hours)

SPAN or FREN 101,102,201,202

Music Requirements Required Courses (28 semester hours)

Students who major in Fine Arts with a  concentration in Music are required to take the following courses as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement.


Fine Arts Music and Music Technology Concentration Majors. Fine Arts Music Concentration Majors are expected to participate on at least seven seminars and receive a satisfactory grade. Others are selected to participate by recommendation of their applied instructor. All music students are required to attend each scheduled seminar (two per semester).

Art (Studio) Requirements

Students who major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art (Studio) are required to take the following courses, as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement. Students with an Art (Studio) Concentration cannot use ART 299, Art Survey, as an art history course in any part of their curriculum.

DFPA Core Requirements

DFPA Core Requirements

Art Foundation & Art History Requirements

Art Foundation & Art History Requirements

VCDMA Core Requirements

VCDMA Core Requirements

Note: Also Required

Passing all VCDMA major Courses enrolled, future w/grade of “C” or better

English Proficiency Exam (Pass/Fail) ____

Faculty Portfolio Review I (VCDM 219) ____

Faculty Portfolio Review II (VCDM 419) ____

Intership in Visual Communication (VCDM 419) ____ When & Where __________

Senior Thesis/Exhibition (VCDM 498) 10-20 works of art/design, media, fashion, short film/animation, etc.

Sample Program

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 16

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Credits: 120

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