The path to follow for success is defined by our advisory board members, experts in the industry who have a significant role in customizing your training plan. Competencies are the skills that will enable you to leave prepared for college and/or a career. These competencies have been arranged into modules, Modules completed are dependent upon the career major selected for training.
Professional Skills | Academics | Creative Challenges | Leadership Experiences | Capstone Project
This course features experiences designed to foster professional enhancement and preparation for employment and/or college. Experiences may include guest speakers, Business Professional of America projects, leadership opportunities, academic enhancement, and professional skills workshops. You may also undertake special projects, cross-train, or participate in collaborative workplace learning opportunities to enhance skills in accordance with industry demands.
Visual Illustration Tools
Design Principles | Photoshop | Illustrator | Cintiq Tablets
Students will study drawing and illustration techniques, principles of branding, and will use groundbreaking, creative tools to achieve extraordinary results as they create, revise, optimize and export photographs, illustrations, logos, textures, and graphics for motion graphics, animations, video, the Web or mobile devices.
Principles of Animation | Camera Techniques | Lighting | Storyboarding | After Effects | Final Cut Pro | Toon Boom Harmony
Students will combine storyboarding, camera, and animation techniques as they create cartoons, and other short animations. Animations will contain animated text, character movements that include walk cycles and turnarounds; voice (lip syncing), background sound, and sound effects. Skills will evolve to encompass rotoscoping and tracking.
Applied Principles of Animation
Introduction to Maya | modeling, texturing, materials, animation, lighting, rendering
Students will integrate academic skills with modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering techniques as they become familiar with principles of digital illustration and animation within a 3D motion graphics application.
Motion Graphics & Visual Effects
Mocap using Motion Builder | After Effects | Unity 3D
Students will combine motion capture technology with editing and compression techniques to foster creativity and innovation while designing motion graphics and visual effects that deliver stunning results.
Creative Design and Digital Marketing Techniques
Portfolio | Branding | Copyright | Pixlcrew Team Collaboration Project
Students will participate in experiences designed to foster professional creativity that will serve as a stimulation to develop exceptionally creative products through digital media. Principles of branding, color and design theory, digital illustration and animation concepts, and digital photography will be reflected in collaborative projects as well as in the design of digital portfolios and demo reels that highlight skills and certifications.
3D Modeling Techniques
Maya | modeling, materials, UV layout, texturing, rendering, lighting, shading networks
Students will acquire and/or enhance modeling, shading, texturing, rendering, and lighting techniques for 3D characters and/or scenes.
Enhanced Modeling Techniques
ZBrush | Integration with Maya, sculpting, texturing, UV layouts
Students will focus on developing intermediate modeling, texturing, painting, and digital artistry skills as they utilize UV mapping and sculpting techniques to define and apply textures to models.
Non-Linear Editing for Motion Graphics
Pixlcrew Team Collaboration Project | Real World Projects | Demo Reel
Students will combine non-linear editing, graphic design and illustration skills, special effects and techniques for motion graphics, modeling, and animation skills as they complete advanced projects in a collaborative environment that emphasizes the entire pipeline for working in industry.
Maya | animation techniques, walk cycles, rigging | MotionBuilder
Students will utilize 3D animation tools and techniques for advanced key frame animation, animation layering, and motion as they produce an accurate digital representation of motion for film and/or video games. Techniques will include motion capture technology, and designing rigs that can be re-used as a basis for articulating similar characters and/or objects.
Dynamics and Special Effects for Motion Graphics
Maya | Dynamics, nParticles, NCloth, Fluids | Scripting
Students will explore Maya’s system of tools for applying rigid and/or soft-body dynamics and simulate object behavior as they produce rendered animations of special effects like smoke, ﬁre, particle systems, force ﬁelds, and turbulence. Students will also utilize scripting techniques to automate tasks and add efficiency to the workflow.
Advanced Motion Graphics and Digital Compositing
Motion Tracking | Matchmoving | Integration | Compositing
Students will develop digital compositing skills and techniques for advanced visual effects as they work with professional, comprehensive software designed to achieve superior results for motion graphics and visual effects.
Internships, On-the-Job Training, Special Projects/Pixlcrew, etc. Can substitute for any course(s) listed above, as appropriate.