The Digital Visualization student will master the design, technical and conceptual skills that are required in the growing visualization industries. The B.S. in Digital Visualization would be a true interdisciplinary degree drawing from some of the best course offerings Mount Ida College has to offer. Designed to prepare students for job placement in the expansive visualization industry, this program will train artists for the in-demand positions of technical designer and animator. With a focus on non-entertainment based visual communication, students will have the opportunity to explore medical, legal and architectural visualization. While there would be a heavy emphasis on the art/graphic/animation core for this program, Digital Visualization majors will be exposed to coursework from across the Mount Ida campus in the Biology (MedViz), Interior Design (ArchViz), Criminal Justice (LegalViz) and Business (All).
While rooted in the animation and design core, the “DigiViz” major explores the power of communication through animation and visual media. Career-focused, interdisciplinary and non-entertainment based, this degree will be truly unique as there are no similarly-focused programs currently being offered in the country.
The Digital Visualization Major combines the All College Curriculum (ACC), Art Foundation (AR) requirements with the core curriculum according to NEASC and NASAD standards.
Upon successful completion of this academic degree program, students will:
- Be versed in the history and theory of animation as related to short works, static media, film, and culture.
- Become well-versed in the traditional theories and principles of compelling animation, as well as newer theories pertaining to both artistic expression and technological advances.
- Demonstrate advanced-level abilities to communicate in both written and oral forms, and implement appropriate communication across multiple modalities and to varied audiences.
- Demonstrate employable skills as digital visualization artists in fields related to Biology (MedViz), Interior Design (ArchViz), Criminal Justice (LegalViz), and Business (All).
- Be able to critically evaluate animated works for artistic value, technical skill, and visual communication, and then apply those concepts to their own work.
- Prepare a marketable portfolio and demo reel, which will serve as the greatest tool for employment prospects.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the digital tools & technology that drive successful digi-viz artists, such as 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, and visual effects.