What Coursework is Included in a Typical Entertainment Art/Animation Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|3D Computer Animation|
|Cartooning and Caricature|
|Digital Narrative Illustration|
|Drawing and Painting the Head and Hands|
|Elements of Sequential Art|
|Life Drawing for Animation|
|Life Studies, Painting|
|Sculpting Life Forms|
|Special Studies in Entertainment Art/Animation|
|Writing in Visual Arts|
What is Entertainment Art/Animation?
Entertainment art/animation is an interdisciplinary program that provides directed studies in the studio concentration “entertainment art/animation.” The program develops the understanding and advanced specialized skills applicable to professional practice, and to meet entrance requirements to graduate school. While professionals in this field work primarily in the film industry, some may work in game design and development, advertising, or graphic design.
What are the Types of Courses for Entertainment Art/Animation Programs?
The entertainment art/animation degree program offers a well-rounded curriculum consisting of everything from animation to art history. During the freshman and sophomore years, students will focus on foundations coursework such as Art and Civilization, Color, Composition, Design, Drawing for Animation, Figure Anatomy, History of Animation, Perspective, and Storytelling. Major courses may include:
- 2D Design
- 3D Computer Animation
- Animal and Wildlife Drawing
- Animation Production
- Background Painting
- Cartooning and Caricature
- Children’s Book Illustration
- Comic Book Illustration
- Digital Narrative Illustration
- Digital Painting
- Drawing and Painting the Head and Hands
- Elements of Sequential Art
- Life Drawing for Animation
- Life Studies, Painting
- Motion Graphics
- Sculpting Life Forms
- Special Studies in Entertainment Art/Animation
- Visual Development
- Writing in Visual Arts
During the senior year, students will have a number of opportunities to prepare for their upcoming job search. Most programs provide the opportunity to produce a professional demo-reel or portfolio. In addition, students may complete an internship, which provides the opportunity to valuable gain hands-on experience and make contacts in the industry.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Entertainment Art/Animation?
Graduates of entertainment art/animation programs have many of the same opportunities as animators. Animators can expect as fast as average employment growth for the 2018-2028 decade. They currently average around $72,520 annually, with the potential to earn $124,000 or more. Some of the most popular industries for animators are:
- Motion Picture and Video ($86,080)
- Computer Systems Design and Related Services ($78,850)
- Software Publishers ($85,270)
- Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services ($73,780)
- Other Information Services ($80,070)
The game design industry is also a popular option, where salaries are similar to software publishing and computer systems design. In the gaming and entertainment industries, job titles may include, but are not limited to, digital animator, computer animator, digital artist, 3D animator, 2D animator, environments designer, art director, storyboard artist, storyboard supervisor, character designer, modeler, rigger, concept artist, visual effects artist, layout artist, art director, scriptwriter, producer, director, and production designer.
Schools to Consider: