Profiles of Simulation Programs & Schools

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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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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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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 Virtual Modeling and Design

What Does Virtual Modeling and Design Mean?

Virtual modeling and design is the process of creating virtual models of objects, humans, animals, etc., for use in virtual reality, simulation, or other applications. Virtual model and design artists use 3D modeling, animation, character design, world building, spatial design, and more to create virtual models. Virtual modeling and design is often used in the entertainment field, construction, architecture, interior design, planning departments, the automotive industry, science, and the medical field.

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Degrees Offered:  A. A. and B. A. Digital Media, Digital Video, Game Art and Animation (traditional and online), Game Design (traditional and online), Serious Games and Simulation and Virtual Modeling and Design (traditional and online); M. S. Game Production and Management

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $19,400; Online Undergraduate $11,200; Graduate $12,200 for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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