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Computer Art & Animation

Do you want to create magical visuals and effects for films and television? Look no further. 

The computer art and animation concentration offers students the opportunity to learn the artistic and the technical application of digital motion graphics. Implemented in 1992, the Department of Visual Arts has the oldest established computer animation program in the state.

Throughout the course of study, students learn concept development along with script writing, story boarding, animating, creating animatic studies, compositing, and video and audio editing. Hands-on computer experience is reinforced as well as historical studies in animation and the examination of contemporary works and theory in the field.

Graduates from our computer animation and new media and digital arts concentrations have worked on many films at Pixel Magic in Lafayette, Louisiana including: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and Part Two, Looper, Men in Black, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader among other numerous projects.

The animation curriculum is taught in the Digital Media Resource Center in Fletcher Hall. The studio occupies 1200 square feet of studio space divided into three classrooms and is open 6 days a week. Included in the studio are 17 Dell workstations with Windows 7 Professional, 23 Mac computers with OS 10, 15 monitors, as well as flatbed scanners, digital cameras, digital projectors, and Wacom tablet monitors. The software includes Maya, Adobe Creative Suite.

Animation Studio

The Animation and the New Media and Digital Art studio is located in Fletcher Hall within the DMRC studio and Fletcher Hall room 125. The PC-based lab is usded to teach 3-D animation programs (MAYA), compositing, and editing software. There is a video/audio lecture system with projector connected to a DVD player, a VHS video player; a computer with speakers is included in the classroom. Fletcher Hall room 125 consists of a Green Screen production studio that includes HD digital cameras, tripods and lighting equipment and storage space.