When you see video game hero Wreck-it Ralph smash a 64-bit building, watch a lesson on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, or notice that an eight-foot tall AVATAR looks suspiciously like Sigourney Weaver, you know you’re enjoying the work of a DIGITAL ARTIST.
DIGITAL ARTS is everything you see on screen that is NOT shot with a camera; everything from animation to visual effects, motion graphics, video games, digital illustration, and web graphics are included in this exciting, innovative art form. With 80% of worldwide box office earned by animated or visual effects films, Digital Arts is without a doubt the career of the future.
In the Digital Arts program at Dodge College, we prepare you to thrive as an artist no matter how the technology evolves - and it changes every day! We focus on the fundamentals of drawing, color, and design—and that’s just to get you started. The curriculum is designed to help you develop your core artistic skills as well as your technical expertise. You’ll learn the timeless principles of motion, gesture, composition, color theory, story structure, performance, and sound design.
You’ll also appreciate our fully-networked computer labs and 34 individual editing suites where you can access software including Maya, the Autodesk and Adobe Creative Suite products, Avid MCSoft, MOJO, and ProTools, as well as mixing rooms, a professional foley stage, a motion capture stage, and a powerful render farm. And, because our program is located in one of the country’s top film schools, you’ll have endless opportunities to partner with students producing live action films who need your VFX expertise.
But the true magic comes from interacting with a faculty led by Oscar®-nominated animation director and computer graphics pioneer Bill Kroyer and regular visits from the world’s top directors, designers, and visual effects artists who have worked on films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E, as well as connections and trips to Dreamworks, PIXAR, Nickelodeon, Rhythm & Hues, SONY Imageworks, Activision/Blizzard, and Disney.
You’ll have the chance to develop, design, and produce your own projects as well as contribute animation or visual effects to those of your fellow students. And you’ll create a short film, reel, portfolio, or senior project to showcase your artistry and technical skills to the industry on your way to a successful and satisfying career in Digital Arts.