BFA Research + Preparation
Course No. ANIM 401 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato
This course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA Thesis, strong conceptual skills developed through a professional planning and a good researched idea are core to this process. Offered fall.
BFA Thesis + Exhibition
This course provides a platform for senior Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Illustration, and Photography + Video majors who are BFA candidates. The course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his project and the production of all elements of the BFA thesis. Strong conceptual skills developed through professional planning and research are core to this process. Offered spring.
Character Design + Development
Course No. ILL 265 Credits: 3.0
Faculty James Groman
This course will concentrate on the character creation process, focusing on all aspects of character concept and development. Students will learn to understand character types, body language and production techniques. In the fast growing gaming and animation industry, the ability to create characters is essential. Graphic novels/ comics, children’s books and advertising also rely heavily on an illustrators ability to create characters that meet client demands/ needs and make them part of a cohesive world. Offered spring.
Course No. ILL 390-490 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal
Students will illustrate and provide art and production services for individual clients as well as for organizations in a professional studio setting. The course emphasizes the student's development of problem-solving, meeting client demands, communication skills, organization and effective time management, proper preparation of artwork for reproduction, teamwork and collaboration - all specific to the marketplace as an introduction to real-life challenges. Offered fall and spring.
Community Projects: Illustration + Product
Course No. ILL 389 Credits: 3.0
Students will illustrate and provide art and production services for individual clients as well as for organizations in a professional studio setting. The course emphasizes the student’s development of problem-solving, meeting client demands, communication skills, organization and effective time management, proper preparation of artwork for reproduction, teamwork and collaboration—all specific to the marketplace as an introduction to real-life challenges. Offered fall and spring.
Experimental Film + Video Art
This is an advanced video course, investigating the scope of symbolic and improvisatory cinematic storytelling. Students will explore unconventional methods of video acquisition, manipulation, processing, editing and display. Students will be able to delve into media hybrids, rather than established narrative forms, underscoring metaphorical poetic styles that inform the structure of the work. Emphasis is on the development of acute observational skills and innovative visualization techniques and encourages divergent thinking and cognitive flexibility. This course is for students who have a sustained interest in using video and digital cinema’s technologies as part of their art making. Required of Photo majors in the Video track. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: PHV267 Video/Digital Cinema I or signature of instructor.
Experimentation in Electronic Arts II
Course No. TIM 416 Credits: 3.0
This is a seminar class that guides students in the development and realization of a semester long research project in electronic arts. Projects can be in a wide range of areas, hybrid thinking and intermedia approaches are strongly encouraged. Topics in the theory and history of contemporary art related to current and emerging practices will also be discussed. The class is designed to allow for synthesis of content from earlier studies into significant finished work that will be shown in an exhibition planned, managed and coordinated by the students under the direction of the instructor. Offered spring.
Fundamentals of Illustration
Course No. ILL 263 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Suzanne McGinness
To prepare illustration students to become working professionals by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance through the courses provided at the Institute to develop a professional level of performance for future employment. The department of Illustration emphasizes the understanding of contemporary themes and concepts as a basis for nurturing the student’s ability to translate this acquired thematic vocabulary into inventive visual solutions. The main objective is to motivate the student’s visual awareness to a professional level. For them to be aware that illustration is an applied art, a business, to satisfy the client needs, and should be executed in a professional business manner by experiencing classroom assignments prepared in a job like situation. Offered fall.
Illustration students in Adjunct Professor Bradley Ricca's Graphic Narratives class wowed the crowd at the fifth annual Genghis Con Comics and Arts Festival.
Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Interim Chair of Game Design
Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the C...more
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