You’re imaginative, artistic, and want a career that will put your ideas to work. You’re looking for a school where people embrace innovation - a place that integrates design, media arts, culinary arts, and fashion into a creative community led by experienced instructors. With 130 program offerings, 32 locations, computer labs, career planning, and job placement assistance, you’ll find The Art Institutes is just what you need to get into a career in the creative and applied arts. We offer bachelor’s, associate’s, and master’s degrees, as well as diploma and certificate programs.
3-D Animation Principles & Techniques Program
Animation is part acting, part storytelling, and part visual art. In the 3-D Animation Principles & Techniques program, you'll study both electronic arts and traditional animation skills as you learn how to bring characters to life. Coursework focuses on realistic movement in 3-D digital environments and collaboration within a group. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as work in 3-D character animation, modeling, storyboarding, and special effects.
Animation involves bringing artwork and characters to life with such precision that they truly seem real. Animation is part acting, part storytelling, and part visual art - it's a mix of both electronic arts and traditional animation skills. You'll study methods to create realistic movement in 3-D digital environments, and collaborate within a team environment to gain practical experience. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as 3-D character animator, modeler, and storyboarder.
Media Arts & Animation Program
An animator is a highly skilled and specialized visual communicator who combines artistic talent with technological ability to create impressions in a moving image environment. A student becomes an artist first, developing a strong foundation of drawing, design, and illustration in order to produce traditional 2D formats. From this, the student begins to translate his or her artistic skills into computer generated 3D formats that make characters and objects come alive. Corporations, legal firms, medical facilities, industrial organizations, and film studios are only a few of the many industries that use animation.
The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia. Arlington County is an urban area of about 26 square miles located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The cultural and business hub of the southeast, Atlanta offers art, music, business (CNN and Coca-Cola are headquartered here), sports, and old-world charm. Atlanta is home to 3 million people.
This New England metropolis of 3.2 million people boasts some of the finest U.S. academic institutions and year-round artistic, cultural, and recreational activities.
Charlotte is one of the country’s fastest growing areas, with its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and North Carolina beaches. This bustling southern city of 1.3 million people is a thriving home to the lively arts.
Known as “the windy city,” Chicago, with a population of 8.2 million, is the major business and cultural center of the Midwest.
Steep hills, wooded suburbs, a picturesque downtown riverfront, and four definite seasons earned this city the award for one of the top ten places to live and work by Fortune magazine.
Welcome to a city that has a 60-acre section of downtown known as the Dallas Art District,a haven for any art student. With a population of 3.8 million, high culture goes hand-in-hand with live rodeos, a Texas tradition.
This “mile high city,” with a population of 1.8 million, is located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Denver has a diverse culture, from its cosmopolitan arts scene to Old West tradition.
This culturally diverse city of approximately 152,000 people is a striking mix of metropolitan living and tropical beauty. Its wide sandy beaches make it one of the most popular vacation cities in the United States.
A major inland port for the Gulf of Mexico and a world-class business center, Houston is home to 3.7 million people. NASA’s Johnson Space Center is headquartered here, too.
Located in the northwest part of Indianapolis at the Pyramids, the campus has a pastoral feel although it is within minutes of a thriving metropolis.
In the 1990s, this city was the fastest growing metro area in the nation. Now, more than 1.4 million residents call Las Vegas home.
California Design College sits in the Mid-Wilshire district, just west of downtown with a beautiful view of the famous Hollywood sign.
In the Greater Miami area of 2.1 million people, you'll find a fabulous array of activities to keep you occupied. Whatever your style, Miami is an exciting destination and a great place to pursue your education.
Minnesota is known as the “land of ten thousand lakes,” so there’s plenty of beautiful scenery to keep the 2.8 million residents of this city captivated year-round.
Nashville is known for its thriving music scene, rolling hills, and sparkling blue lakes. A major health care, publishing, and transportation hub, the city also boasts many cultural amenities.
The largest city in the country with a population of 8.5 million people, New York is the main business and finance hub in the States.
Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the South Coast Metro region of Orange County can be described as having warm, ocean breezes, palm trees, and a lot of creative energy to keep you inspired.
Founded in 1682, this historic city with a population of 5.8 million is a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Surrounded by mountain ranges in “the valley of the sun,” this city of 2.2 million people is a manufacturing and technology center with a casual lifestyle.
This city has a population of 2 million. It enjoys a rich cultural heritage, one that is reflected in everything from its architectural diversity to cultural events.
Scenic Portland has 37,000 acres of park space and is known as a walker’s paradise. This northwest city of 1.7 million people is also known for its world-class art exhibitions, cultural events, coffee houses, and brew pubs.
San Diego is an outdoor paradise with an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Located in southern California, this city of 2.5 million people has a strong Spanish heritage.
This gorgeous “city by the bay” is a favorite destination of world travelers. People of all nationalities call San Francisco home. The arts, nightlife, cuisine — it’s all here for the 6.5 million residents of the Bay area to enjoy.
A friendly city of 2.9 million people, this city is rich in international culture and offers sophisticated arts and entertainment, including sailing on Puget Sound.
Toronto is a beautiful harbor front city, the largest in Canada (with a population of 3 million), and offers endless possibilities for recreation and entertainment.
Few destinations on the planet are as beautiful and dynamic as Vancouver. With a population of more than two million, Vancouver is a vibrant cosmopolitan center.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Los Angeles, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York, New York
Orange County, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Vancouver, British Columbia
Situated on Florida's west coast, Tampa, and the Tampa Bay area, offer miles of glistening waterways and sandy shorelines and close proximity to the nearby Gulf beaches.
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3D Animation, Media Arts & Animation, Traditional Animation, Visual Effects.
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Program
In the Bachelor of Science program you can learn how to use your creativity to produce attention-grabbing communication design for film, television, and the Web. At graduation, you'll be prepared for entry-level positions such as production assistant, assistant designer, visual effect specialist, broadcast design assistant, and more.