The Game Art & Design, Visual & Game Programming and Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science programs prepare students for entry-level positions in the game, animation and visual effects industries. Students in the Game Art & Design program start out by studying color theory, drawing, sculpture and other art fundamentals, then take courses in 3D modeling, animation, texture mapping, 3D character rigging, storytelling, motion and lighting, game prototyping and other aspects of character design and game level design. The Visual & Game Programming degree combines traditional animation skills with technical skills.
After training in the foundations of art and design, students enter into the more technical areas of programming for 3D animation, enabling them to enter the world of shading development, motion capture management and pipeline streamlining. Students learn the essential skills to effectively solve technical problems and bridge between the technical programmer and the creative artist.
The Media Arts & Animation Program combines art fundamentals with courses in computer graphics, cinematography, characterization, compositing, sculpture, storyboarding, storytelling, motion graphics and a variety of 2D and 3D animation techniques. In order to develop a well-rounded knowledge base useful in creative careers, students in each program also take general education courses in mathematics, social sciences, psychology, art history, philosophy and the humanities.
The school’s location in San Francisco, a hotbed of the game industry and home to several leading game and animation studios, is a natural fit for students studying these fields. The programs were designed with input from industry advisory boards, which include experts with experience at Electronic Arts, LucasArts, Sega of America, BioWare, Double Fine, Macromedia, Konami of America, Terra Lycos, Pixar, PDI/DreamWorks and the International Game Developers Association.
The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, located at 1170 Market Street (at 8th) in downtown San Francisco, attracts a diverse mix of students from throughout the Bay Area and the world. The school offers degree programs in Graphic Design, Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual & Game Programming, Multimedia & Web Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design. The school is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with 29 campuses located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals.
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