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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Visual Development's BFA program provides a dynamic education in the art of scene setting. Core curriculum emphasizes photography, figure modeling, form analysis, figure drawing, narrative principles, visual development for animation, character design, concept paintings, advanced exploration of perspective for video game design, and various other critical design disciplines.

BFA Visual Development Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 36 Units
Major 42 Units
Art Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Visual Development Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Comparative Ideas & Influences course
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D), following an industry-standard process from thumbnails through final render
  • Effectively communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices
  • Maintain a consistent “language” or “signature style” in art directing a scene with the requisite continuity in visual storytelling
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, and accuracy
  • Demonstrate flexibility in illustrative style by showing both a unique personal style and the ability to accommodate style to project needs

Artistic Ability

  • Draw and paint convincing poses, expressions, character designs, thumbnails, storyboards and production paintings
  • Demonstrate facility creating perspective and conveying anatomy and proportion in human and animal figures.
  • Master the use of a focal point, with value, color, detail and composition.

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate proficient skills with relevant animation technology and software.

Presentation Skills

  • Create visually compelling and cohesive presentations
  • Discuss work clearly and professionally

Collaboration

  • Collaborate effectively on creative projects

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a comprehensive portfolio (digital and print) which meets industry standards
  • Manage workload to meet deadlines

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The School of Visual Development's AA program provides a strong introduction to the art of scene setting. Core curriculum emphasizes photography, figure modeling, form analysis, figure drawing, and various other design disciplines. Graduates with an AA degree in Visual Development are prepared for a seamless transition into the school's BFA program.

AA Visual Development Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 33 units
Major 15 units
Liberal Arts 18 units
TOTAL 66 units

AA Visual Development Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 2 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

AA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Development

  • Generate functional designs for entertainment media (2D or 3D)
  • Communicate narrative, theme and character through design choices
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, and accuracy
  • Demonstrate flexibility in illustrative style to accommodate project needs

Artistic Ability

  • Draw and paint convincing poses, expressions, character designs, thumbnails, storyboards and production paintings
  • Demonstrate facility creating perspective and conveying anatomy and proportion in human and animal figures.
  • Master the use of a focal point, with value, color, detail and composition.

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate proficient skills with relevant animation technology and software.

Presentation Skills

  • Create visually compelling and cohesive presentations
  • Discuss work clearly and professionally

Professional Readiness

  • Produce basic materials suitable for an entry-level job search

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Visual Development. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Visual Development.

Associate of Arts (AA)

The Associate of Arts Visual Development degree provides students with an introduction to a particular field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of the field. Once earned, the Associate's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy of Art University Associate of Arts Degree is specifically designed for seamless transition into the Academy of Art University Bachelor of Arts Degree and to apply for entry level positions in the industry.

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