Animation and Visual Effects - Bachelor of Creative Media

The Creative Media Institute's Bachelor of Creative Media with an emphasis in Animation & Visual Effects currently offers 2 different paths, determined by the kind of senior project students wish to produce. 

Pathway: 2D Production Studio

Students must complete all university requirements and the Animation and Visual Effects curriculum outlined below. All Animation and Visual Effects Curriculum requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course (4 credits or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ANVE Core Courses
THTR 105Acting for Non-Majors3
CMI 231History of Animation 43
CMI 235Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media 43
or ENGL 235 Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
CMI 232Storyboarding3
or ENGL 232 Script Development and Storyboarding
CMI 240Digital Illustration3
CMI 250Beginning 2-D Animation3
CMI 260Foundations of 3D Animation3
CMI 280Modeling3
CMI 308Writing for Animation3
or CMI 309 Screenwriting I
2D Production Studio Pathway Courses
CMI 220Drawing for Animation3
CMI 2452-D Compositing & FX3
CMI 303Cinema Review and Critique3
CMI 348Acting for Animation3
CMI 350Intermediate 2-D Animation3
CMI 362Motion Graphics3
CMI 365Character Design and Development3
or CMI 433 Sets and Environments
CMI 450Advanced 2-D Animation3
CMI 4922D Production Studio I6
CMI 4942D Production Studio II6
Second Language Requirement: (not required)0
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 519
Total Credits120-123

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Creative Media with a major in Animation and Visual Effects, there is no second language requirement for the degree.

Pathway: 3D & VFX Production Studio

Students must complete all university requirements and the Animation and Visual Effects curriculum outlined below. All Animation and Visual Effects Curriculum requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 credits or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ANVE Core Courses
THTR 105Acting for Non-Majors3
CMI 231History of Animation 43
CMI 235Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media 43
or ENGL 235 Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
CMI 232Storyboarding3
or ENGL 232 Script Development and Storyboarding
CMI 240Digital Illustration3
CMI 250Beginning 2-D Animation3
CMI 260Foundations of 3D Animation3
CMI 280Modeling3
CMI 308Writing for Animation3
or CMI 309 Screenwriting I
3D & VFX Production Studio Pathway Courses
CMI 233Light, Shade, Render3
CMI 270Rigging for 3D Animation3
CMI 2903-D Animation3
CMI 341Visual Effects I3
CMI 401Motion Capture Techniques3
CMI 360Previsualization3
CMI 3323-D Character Animation3
CMI 365Character Design and Development3
or CMI 433 Sets and Environments
CMI 4913D Production Studio I6
CMI 4933D Production Studio II6
Second Language Requirement: (not required)0
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 519
Total Credits120-123

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Creative Media with a major in Animation and Visual Effects, there is no second language requirement for the degree.

2D Production Studio Pathway Requirements

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 210G Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
English Composition - Level 1 Course 1, 2 4
Rhetoric and Composition (recommended)  
Area II: Mathematics 1, 2 3-4
Mathematics Appreciation (Recommended)  
CMI 231 History of Animation (C- or better) 3 3
CMI 235
Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media (B- for either) 3
or Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
3
General Education Elective 2 3-4
 Credits16-18
Spring
Oral Communication Course 3
Choose one from the following:  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 2 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
CMI 220 Drawing for Animation 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
English Composition - Level 2 Course 2 3
Choose one from the following:  
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
CMI 232
Storyboarding
or Script Development and Storyboarding
3
CMI 240 Digital Illustration 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
CMI 250 Beginning 2-D Animation 3
CMI 260 Foundations of 3D Animation 3
THTR 105 Acting for Non-Majors 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
Viewing A Wider World Course 5 3
CMI 280 Modeling 3
CMI 350 Intermediate 2-D Animation 3
CMI 308
Writing for Animation
or Screenwriting I
3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
Viewing A Wider World 5 3
CMI 245 2-D Compositing & FX 3
CMI 365
Character Design and Development
or Sets and Environments
3
CMI 450 Advanced 2-D Animation 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
CMI 492 2D Production Studio I 6
CMI 303 Cinema Review and Critique 3
CMI 362 Motion Graphics 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
CMI 494 2D Production Studio II 6
CMI 348 Acting for Animation 3
Elective Course 4 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-123

3D & VFX Production Studio Pathway Requirements

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 210G Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
English Composition - Level 1 Course 1, 2 4
Rhetoric and Composition (recommended)  
Area II: Mathematics 1, 2 3-4
Mathematics Appreciation (Recommended)  
CMI 231 History of Animation (C- or better) 3 3
CMI 235
Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media (B- for either) 3
or Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
3
General Education Elective 2 3-4
 Credits16-18
Spring
Oral Communication Course 3
Choose one from the following:  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 2 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
CMI 270 Rigging for 3D Animation 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
English Composition - Level 2 Course 2 3
Choose one from the following:  
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
CMI 232
Storyboarding
or Script Development and Storyboarding
3
CMI 240 Digital Illustration 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
CMI 250 Beginning 2-D Animation 3
CMI 260 Foundations of 3D Animation 3
THTR 105 Acting for Non-Majors 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
Viewing A Wider World Course 5 3
CMI 280 Modeling 3
CMI 350 Intermediate 2-D Animation 3
CMI 308
Writing for Animation
or Screenwriting I
3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
Viewing A Wider World 5 3
CMI 245 2-D Compositing & FX 3
CMI 365
Character Design and Development
or Sets and Environments
3
CMI 332 3-D Character Animation 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
CMI 491 3D Production Studio I 6
CMI 341 Visual Effects I 3
CMI 360 Previsualization 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
CMI 493 3D Production Studio II 6
CMI 401 Motion Capture Techniques 3
Elective Course 4 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-123