School of Visual Development
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. "
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Visual Development artists communicate narrative, thematic and functional design ideas using visual media. Visual Development is key to envisioning complex scenes before the actor steps onto the set, or before characters become animated on film or in game play. They are the visual storytellers who design and stage scenes from a script with effective camera choices that enhance the development and mood of the story.
Academy of Art University offers an innovative curriculum that emphasizes the skills needed to succeed in the growing field of Visual Development. A trained eye can see artistic potential in a blank page. A trained hand can turn that potential into reality. Come and learn from industry professionals and create a unique portfolio that demonstrates your personal style as a visual development artist.
Visual Development courses include Drawing for Film, Digital Painting, Character Design and many others. See more.
- 2D/3D Hero Props & Vehicles
- 3D Modeling and Animation
- Analysis of Form
- Animal Drawing
- Animation Principles & Techniques
- Character Design
- Cinematic Storytelling
- Clothed Figure Drawing
- Collaborative Project
- Color and Design
- Computer Animation Production
- Digital Ink and Paint
- Digital Painting
- Environment Creation
- Figure Drawing
- Figure Modeling
- Inspirational Art for Animation
- Interactive Illustration
- Layout Design for Animation
- Live Action & Family Films
- Maquette Sculpting
- Spot Animation
- Still Life Painting
- Traditional Animation
- Vector Based 2D Animation
- Vector Graphic Games
- Drawing for Film
- And More!
Schedule of Classes
View Visual Development course offerings, read course descriptions and plan your schedule. See All Classes »
The Visual Development School offers accredited AA ,BFA and MFA degrees. Learn More.
Study Visual Development through our undergraduate programs, continuing art education and pre-college art experience programs.
Learn from top industry professionals in Visual Development who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents. Learn More.
Get hands-on experience with the latest tools at a cutting-edge Visual Development school and create a dynamic body of work that stands out above the rest. Learn More.
News & Success Stories
Find your motivation in the successes Academy alumni and faculty members have had. See what took them to the top of the industry and earned the acclaim of their peers. Learn More.
Spring Show Portfolio
Our Visual Development degree program is like no other. See the student work that can truly be called the best of the best from this year's Spring Show. Learn More.
Your Visual Development degree opens the door to countless opportunities. Learn More
Firms & Clients Hiring Our Graduates:
Academy of Art University students have gone on to work at companies such as Pixar, Dreamworks, Zynga and many others. See more.
- Bandai Namco
- Blue Sky
- EA Games
- Fantasy Flight Games
- Lucas Arts
- Massive Black
- Disney Mobile
- Walt Disney Animation Studios
- Warner Bros. Studios
- And More!
Program Learning Outcomes
To learn more about the skills you will acquire in this Visual Development degree program, view BFA Program Learning Outcomes and MFA Program Learning Outcomes.
Contact us at 800.544.2787 (U.S. Only) or 415.274.2200.