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3D Computer Arts

3D Computer Arts

This Graphic Design AAS option is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the game and graphics industry. Studio-intensive courses include the rapidly advancing technology of computer graphics and a wide spectrum of digital visual media including 3D modeling and animation, texture and lighting, compositing, digital film and video effects and creating graphics for the Internet utilizing industry standard software. Graduates will have the introductions necessary to consider careers in graphic design, 2-D conceptual art, 3-D character building, 3-D object modeling, 2-D texture art or interactive design.

Approximately one-half of all program graduates go on to complete a baccalaureate degree in game art, animation, graphic design, film, video, or illustration. As a graduate of this program you will demonstrate the ability to:

■ Analyze the history of visual culture and design theory, and apply historical relevance in the context of modern industry issues and trends.

■ Conceptualize, design, and plan animated works while exercising story development and artistic techniques.

■ Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on understanding the functions of traditional design and computer-based graphics.

■ Use the principle techniques of 3D modeling and animation for content related to film and game design.

■ Collaborate with diverse teams of creative contributors, production personnel and clients while working with creative constraints and deadlines.

■ Produce a professional portfolio of representative projects.

■ Apply knowledge of intellectual property issues.

■ Introduction to a career in various industries including game art, illustration, video, film web, desktop publishing and advertising.

Career Options

The Computer Gaming option of the Graphic Design AAS offers students a chance to enter the workforce in entry-level positions in careers such as game developer, game-place programmer, producer, and user experience designer.

Transfer Options

Many students of the Computer Gaming option transfer to a four-year school after earning this degree. As an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), there is NOT guaranteed credit transfer in the statewide transfer agreement passed in 2008. Therefore, students should carefully plan and work with the school they of which they plan to transfer.


Sherry Fitzgerald