Profiles of 3D Graphics Programs & Schools

School and program profiles in fields related to 3D graphics

As the entertainment industries bring in billions of dollars each year, the list of software that artists have to learn keeps growing longer. Needing the newest versions for each program every year can often prove to be quite costly. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a major 3D animation toolkit that was completely open source and free to use even for commercial projects? As many of you already know, that’s exactly what Blender has been doing for years, and each year it further closes the gap between itself and the most expensive software that money can buy.

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Riot Games League of Legends Interview on Champion Animation Process

Rory “RiotLamz” Alderton is a Senior Animator for the League of Legends game developer, Riot Games. After almost six years of working at Jagex Games Studio he joined Riot in April of 2013 as an Animator, and was then promoted to Senior Animator in May of last year. He’s one of the people responsible for making the iconic battle moves for the many playable Champions in their famous MOBA game, which is played by over 27 million gamers from around the world every single day.

We recently ranked Riot Games in fourth place in our 2014 Top 100 Most Influential Video Game Studios list, and last year their Season 4 World Championship reached a prize pool of $2,130,000! To help readers get to know Riot Games better we talked with Rory Alderton about his work at the studio.

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After Odd School placed 21st on our 2014 Top 100 International Animation Schools list, we reached out for an interview to learn more about their small but tremendously successful school in Lisbon, Portugal. We were so impressed that we asked them to stay in touch so that we could show our readers what their current students were working on. Their one year Advanced 3D Modelling and Texturing class just finished and we’re honored to be able to share the outstanding results from their course in our six part student interview series!

With translation help from their class’s instructor, David Dias, the fourth student we interviewed was Miguel Antero, and you can see his impressive 3D work from the Odd School class below.

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After Odd School placed 21st on our 2014 Top 100 International Animation Schools list, we reached out for an interview to learn more about their small but tremendously successful school in Lisbon, Portugal. We were so impressed that we asked them to stay in touch so that we could show our readers what their current students were working on. Their one year Advanced 3D Modelling and Texturing class finished and we’re honored to be able to share the outstanding results from their course in our six part student interview series!

With translation help from their class’s instructor, David Dias, the third student we interviewed was Vanessa Camacho, and you can see her impressive 3D work from the Odd School class below.

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Odd School Student Interview Diogo Moniz 0

After Odd School placed 21st on our 2014 Top 100 International Animation Schools list, we reached out for an interview to learn more about their small but tremendously successful school in Lisbon, Portugal. We were so impressed that we asked them to stay in touch so that we could show our readers what their current students were working on. Their one year Advanced 3D Modelling and Texturing class just finished and we’re honored to be able to share the outstanding results from their course in our six part student interview series!

With translation help from their class’s instructor, David Dias, the second student we interviewed was Diogo Moniz, and you can see his impressive 3D work from the Odd School class below.

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Odd School Student Interview André Demétrio 1

After Odd School placed 21st on our 2014 Top 100 International Animation Schools list, we reached out for an interview to learn more about their small but tremendously successful school in Lisbon, Portugal. We were so impressed that we asked them to stay in touch so that we could show our readers what their current students were working on. Their one year Advanced 3D Modelling and Texturing class just finished and we’re honored to be able to share the outstanding results from their course in our six part student interview series!

With translation help from their class’s instructor, David Dias, the first student we interviewed was André Demétrio, and you can see his impressive 3D work from the Odd School class below.

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Below is a list of online schools that offer graphic design programs:

American InterContinental University Online
Programs available: Bachelor's (BFA) - Graphic Design, Associate's (AABA) - Visual Communication

Full Sail University - Online
Programs available: Game Art, Bachelor of Science, Game Design, Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science, Computer Animation, Bachelor of Science, Media Design, Master of Fine Arts 

International Academy of Design & Technology
Programs available: Digital Media Production, Game Design & Production,  Graphic Design,  Web Design and Development

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
Programs available: Game Art & Design, Graphic Design

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UC Denver’s Digital Animation Center

It isn’t every university that offers state-of-the-art, industry leading tools and a motion capture studio for its animation undergraduates. Nor is it customary to find a program that culminates in a high quality short film made entirely for and by students. Training students in the art of animation, the University of Colorado Denver’s Digital Animation Center pushes the bounds of what is offered and expected of its students. Home to an elite group of undergraduates and a veteran ensemble of faculty, the rigorous BFA curriculum prepares graduates for the wide possibilities that await them.

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Kent State University

Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design – 2D, Graphic Design – 3D, Photo-Illustration, B. S. Computer Design, Animation and Game Design; M. A., M. F. A. Visual Communication Design

Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $7,832, nonresidents $15,792; graduate residents $8,428, nonresidents $15,944 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,514 per year.

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At Animation Career Review we have published dozens of articles detailing the different types of degree programs available in animation, design, gaming, and related fields. Each article defines the program, details the typical coursework involved and notes the type of career paths available to someone with that particualr degree. Bookmark this handy dandy list for future use.

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