Program designed to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art. Program designed to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art. Program designed to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art. Program designed to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art. Program designed to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art.

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Animation

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Why choose animation at North Central College?

A minor in animation from North Central College will give you the breadth of experience to enhance your career in graphics, art direction, marketing or fine art. Demand for live content in everything from web site design to marketing campaigns to social media makes this minor a dynamic opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a way that can be beneficial for prospective employers as much as for personal artistic growth.

You can also:

  • Join Design Agency, a practicum course that provides a creative environment similar to a design studio to develop client-based independent art and design projects
  • Couple this minor with graphic design, studio art, marketing, interactive media studies or computer science
  • Participate in the annual Art & Design Show
  • North Central College is part of the University Partner Program offered by the Art Institute of Chicago. As part of this arrangement, all North Central students can gain admittance to the AIC free of charge with their North Central students identification cards, and have access to lectures, educational programs, and other special events.

Animation Curriculum

Coursework in this area includes:

  • Figure Drawing
  • Digital Arts and Design
  • Animation I: Methods and Story
  • Animation II: Sequential Art
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Motion Graphics

Animation Minor

Animation minors plan and execute computer-based animations. Students are introduced to a variety of digital animation techniques and fundamental sketching skills. Students also learn about creating and developing characters for these mediums, developing stories, and managing a concept from creation to post-production. The minor complements majors such as film studies, studio art, computer science, interactive media studies and broadcast communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 225 - Figure Drawing

    ARTD 225 - Figure Drawing

    4.00 credit hours

    Working directly from a live nude model, students study the expressive and conceptual possibilities of the human figure.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 120; ARTD 220 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of 2D digital graphics and animation with a focus on producing portfolio quality projects. Efficient workflow techniques, narrative arcs and team dynamics are examined. Topics include storyboard script production, audio-animation optimization and compositing across programs.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the creation three-dimensional (3D) animation and computer graphics. Emphasis on the production of 3D animation as final digital and/or printed output using modeling, rendering and animation software.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

Animation Careers

Multimedia artists and animators work primarily in the following industries:

  • Motion picture and video industries
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Software publishers
  • Advertising, public relations, and related services
  • Specialized design services
  • Web design firms
  • Graphic design firms
  • Mobile technology companies
  • App development
  • Artistic direction

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