Technical Art

B.A. Digital Art & Animation

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Degree Overview

The Technical Art concentration combines the student’s artistic abilities along with the technical toolkit of the CG world. Traditional courses like drawing, painting, and sculpting help the student develop an artistic eye. Industry standard software programs are used in 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, Texturing and Lighting courses. Coursework includes computer programming courses which enable the student to customize tools in CG software programs. The concentration allows the student to focus on Lighting and Compositing or Rigging and scripting. Students can complete their program of study by working on one many of the large projects on campus.

Your first three terms begin by building a strong foundation in traditional art which enables you to create realistic pieces when transitioning into the digital environment. Upper-level production opportunities equip graduates with an extensive portfolio of work, an ingrained instinct to collaborate on a team, and the creative and technical skills required to work in a wide variety of digital art careers. Students have access to uniquely modern facilities hard to find at other digital art and animation schools, including access to virtual reality and augmented reality equipment and a rendering manager built just for Cogswell.

Course Highlights

Introduction to Scripting: Python  This class is a practical introduction to programming using the Python programming language. Topics include the concepts of declarative (“what”) versus imperative (“how”) programming, problem breakdown, and solution techniques. In addition to becoming familiar with computer science basics, students will implement several small programming projects during the course.
Mathematics for Computer Graphics  This course focuses on math concepts and algorithms used in the Computer Graphics field. It addresses mathematical topics and application of these topics in modeling, rigging, animation, texturing, shading, lighting and compositing. Students will also be introduced to  techniques used in particle and fluid simulation for visual effects.
Compositing and Special Effects  This class explores the digital motion picture production environment as 'illusion factory'. Among other things, students work in teams to create video projects using special effects, match/moving lighting, blue/green screen compositing, color correction, and motion graphics. The relationship of 'pre-visualization' to a finished work will also be explored, and how these techniques are affecting the traditional working approach to movie making.
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