About School

Since 1929, Academy of Art University has helped prepare aspiring artists and designers for professional careers by offering 135+ accredited degree options in more than 40 areas of study. Choose from animation and visual effects, game design and development, illustration, fine art, communications, filmmaking, and more. We are first and foremost a professional schoolβ€”a purpose-based art and design school where students develop their talents and acquire the specific skills sought by the creative marketplace. Our hands-on curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industriesβ€”professional artists and designers who bring their industry expertise to the classroom. Academy students graduate with a solid creative foundation, business savvy, and an entrepreneurial spirit that tends to stick with them for life.

General Info

Facilities

The Academy’s facilities are designed to prepare you for a career in your desired industry, with equipment such as the green screen, over 200 high-end workstations, and virtual lab to help you achieve your desired effect. Our hands-on learning environment creates a culture that supports curiosity, investigation, and production. Online students are also hands-on, as they engage in discussions and activities through the online platform, social media, and real-time streaming of our events. Both online and onsite studio environments are equipped to give you the skills you need to create the career of your dreams.

Staff

The Academy’s facilities are designed to prepare you for a career in your desired industry, with equipment such as the green screen, over 200 high-end workstations, and virtual lab to help you achieve your desired effect. Our hands-on learning environment creates a culture that supports curiosity, investigation, and production. Online students are also hands-on, as they engage in discussions and activities through the online platform, social media, and real-time streaming of our events. Both online and onsite studio environments are equipped to give you the skills you need to create the career of your dreams.

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork Academy of Art University students produce during their education.

Angelina Alcoseba

My career goals include becoming a well-rounded concept artist, working in a studio, and trying out freelance.

Sergio Rincon

My main goal is to work as a VFX compositor or Motion Designer on feature films.

Pietro Lopez Bernardi

My ulimate goal is to work for a company like Pixar, it is my dream since I was around 15 years old. My emphasis is Lighting and texturing

Jill Zhu

My career goal is to become a freelance editorial and advertisement illustrator.

Ekaterina Lebedeva

I want to create memorable 3D characters with engaging personalities.

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View student Portfolios

Follow this link to check out some live portfolios from Academy of Art University students.

View student projects

Follow this link to view some of the top projects created by Academy of Art University students.

β€’Olga Rudi - Senior Technical Artist, PlayStation

This degree is tailored towards a specific fieldwith enough electives to keep it flexible andunique for every student. I was able to takeclasses in different departments withoutneeding to change my program.

Courses

Gain the skills you need for an exciting career in this vibrant and growing industry from our School of Animation & Visual Effects (VFX). Aspiring visual effects artists, 2D and 3D animators, and storyboard artist come to the Academy to learn from industry professionals in the heart of the animation industry. We are the only Animation & VFX school that teaches in a studio production environment (StudioX). Our students win prestigious awards, including Student Academy Awards. In 2015, MFA graduate Alyce Tzue’s Soar, an animated short film produced at StudioX, struck gold at the Student Academy Awards, qualifying to enter the race to the 2016 Academy Awards.

Fundamentals of 3D Animation

Students in this 3D animation course will build a solid set of foundational skills based on the twelve principles of animation. In-class exercises will include graph editor drills, best practices from planning to polish, and carefully guided demonstrations. This course will be useful for students wishing to enhance their knowledge of the basic physics and mechanics of animation.

Digital Painting for VFX Artists

This course focuses on bridging traditional art skills with digital art media. Students will learn theory, visualizing, sketching, and painting as a foundation for VFX work. This course will address the vital need for VFX students to develop a strong artistic and aesthetic eye to complement their technical skills.

VFX: Cinematography

This course will help students obtain the best possible filmed images or elements for use in a visual effect shot. Topics covered include timing lights, selecting film stock, shooting background and foreground plates, and film versus video for VFX.

Visual Effects for Games

This course teaches students to create particles and special effects for games in a production environment. Students will create fire, smoke, explosions, and other game effects. Students will script and customize other challenges that may come up, and a basic overview of Maya particles for familiarity with non-game engine effects will be covered.

Programming for Game UI and Tools

In this course, students will create user interfaces for both behind the scenes game designers, and front-facing game players. Students will create functional widgets, including buttons, list boxes, and text fields. Emphasis will be placed on effective programming using C# language

UI for Visual Development

In this course, students will study the principles of User Interface Design and learn how to apply them for vital aspects of UI/ UX design. Emphasis will be placed on Graphic Design and leveraging UI for maximum appeal.


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