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 1
THEA 1210GActing for Non-Majors3
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ANVE Core Courses
FDMA 1510Introduction to 3D Animation3
FDMA 2311History of Animation 43
FDMA 2381Storyboarding3
or ENGL 2381 Script Development and Storyboarding
FDMA 2382Principles of Story Across the Media 43
or ENGL 2382 Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
FDMA 2530Introduction to 3D Modeling3
FDMA 2535Digital Illustration3
FDMA 2710Beginning 2-D Animation3
FDMA 308Writing for Animation3
or FDMA 309 Screenwriting I
2D Production Studio Pathway Courses
FDMA 17152-D COMPOSING & FX3
FDMA 2755Drawing for Animation3
FDMA 303Cinema Review and Critique3
FDMA 350Intermediate 2-D Animation3
FDMA 362Motion Graphics3
FDMA 365Character Design and Development3
or FDMA 433 Sets and Environments
FDMA 450Advanced 2-D Animation3
FDMA 4922D Production Studio I6
FDMA 4942D Production Studio II6
Second Language Requirement: (not required)0
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 522-25
Total Credits120

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 1
THEA 1210GActing for Non-Majors (ANVE Core Course)3
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ANVE Core Courses
FDMA 1510Introduction to 3D Animation3
FDMA 2311History of Animation 43
FDMA 2381Storyboarding3
or ENGL 2381 Script Development and Storyboarding
FDMA 2382Principles of Story Across the Media 43
or ENGL 2382 Narrative: Principles of Story Across the Media
FDMA 2530Introduction to 3D Modeling3
FDMA 2535Digital Illustration3
FDMA 2710Beginning 2-D Animation3
FDMA 308Writing for Animation3
or FDMA 309 Screenwriting I
3D & VFX Production Studio Pathway Courses
FDMA 27203-D Animation3
FDMA 2725Rigging for 3D Animation3
FDMA 2745Light, Shade, Render3
FDMA 3323-D Character Animation3
FDMA 341Visual Effects I3
FDMA 360Previsualization3
FDMA 365Character Design and Development3
or FDMA 433 Sets and Environments
FDMA 401Motion Capture Techniques3
FDMA 4913D Production Studio I6
FDMA 4933D Production Studio II6
Second Language Requirement: (not required)0
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 519-22
Total Credits120

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 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I . 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
Composition I (recommended)  
Area II: Mathematics 1, 2 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended)  
FDMA 2311 History of Animation (C- or better) 3 3
FDMA 2382
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
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 2 4
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
THEA 1210G Acting for Non-Majors 3
FDMA 2381
Storyboarding
or Script Development and Storyboarding
3
FDMA 2755 Drawing for Animation 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
English Composition - Level 2 Course 2 3
Choose one from the following:  
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Elective Course 4 3
FDMA 2535 Digital Illustration 3
FDMA 348 Acting for Animation 3
FDMA 2530 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
 Credits15
Spring
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
Oral Communications Course 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
FDMA 1510 Introduction to 3D Animation 3
FDMA 2710 Beginning 2-D Animation 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
Viewing A Wider World Course 5 3
FDMA 1715 2-D COMPOSING & FX 3
FDMA 350 Intermediate 2-D Animation 3
FDMA 308
Writing for Animation
or Screenwriting I
3
FDMA 365
Character Design and Development
or Sets and Environments
3
 Credits15
Spring
Viewing A Wider World 5 3
Elective Course 4 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3
FDMA 362 Motion Graphics 3
FDMA 450 Advanced 2-D Animation 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
FDMA 492 2D Production Studio I 6
FDMA 303 Cinema Review and Critique 3
Elective Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
FDMA 494 2D Production Studio II 6
Elective course 4 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 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. 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
Composition I (recommended)  
Area II: Mathematics 1, 2 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended)  
FDMA 2311 History of Animation (C- or better) 3 3
FDMA 2382
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
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 2 4
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
THEA 1210G Acting for Non-Majors 3
FDMA 2381
Storyboarding
or Script Development and Storyboarding
3
FDMA 2535 Digital Illustration 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
English Composition - Level 2 Course 2 3
Choose one from the following:  
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Elective Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
FDMA 1510 Introduction to 3D Animation 3
FDMA 2710 Beginning 2-D Animation 3
 Credits15
Spring
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
Oral Communication Course  
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
FDMA 2745 Light, Shade, Render 3
FDMA 2720 3-D Animation 3
FDMA 2530 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
Viewing A Wider World Course 5 3
Elective Course 4 3
FDMA 2725 Rigging for 3D Animation 3
FDMA 332 3-D Character Animation 3
FDMA 365
Character Design and Development
or Sets and Environments
3
 Credits15
Spring
Viewing A Wider World 5 3
Elective Course 4 3
FDMA 308
Writing for Animation
or Screenwriting I
3
FDMA 360 Previsualization 3
FDMA 401 Motion Capture Techniques 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
FDMA 491 3D Production Studio I 6
FDMA 341 Visual Effects I 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits12
Spring
FDMA 493 3D Production Studio II 6
Elective Course 4 4
Elective Courses 4 6
 Credits16
 Total Credits120-123