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"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.

Courses

Visual Development courses include Drawing for Film, Digital Painting, Character Design and many others. See more.
 

Schedule of Classes

View Visual Development course offerings, read course descriptions and plan your schedule. See All Classes »

Degrees

The Visual Development School offers accredited AA ,BFA and MFA degrees. Learn More.

Programs

Study Visual Development through our undergraduate programs, continuing art education and pre-college art experience programs.

Featured Faculty

Learn from top industry professionals in Visual Development who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents. Learn More.

Facilities

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.

Professional Opportunities

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.
 

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.

 
 
 
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