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The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.
Associate of Arts, Professional Designation (A.A.)
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of creating 3-D computer graphics. Students learn basic modeling and animation skills while working with the interface and controls of current industry software. Focus is on integration of 3-D elements into other projects. The skills gained in this course are further explored in later courses. Prerequisites: DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
This course provides an essential understanding of digital video, compositing, special effects, and motion editing. Students learn basic editing skills which enable them to work with professional broadcast equipment in post-production environments.
Students are introduced to storytelling from both a technical and creative perspective. Students study all aspects of storytelling, with a focus on story structure. The concepts introduced in this class are reinforced throughout the curriculum, particularly within the context of editing.
This course trains students in basic techniques of storyboard animatics and motion graphics creation through the use of software programs utilized by design and animation companies worldwide. The emphasis is on design from a problem-solving point of view. The course also examines the production timeline and graphical requirements of a multimedia project by demonstrating the manipulation of digital images in a studio environment. Upon completion of this course, students gained a thorough understanding of input/output techniques, special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics.
Prerequisites: DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
This advanced motion graphics course builds on concepts learned in the foundational course and employs those concepts in conjunction with advanced techniques. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding of advanced techniques as they are applied in the continuing exploration of special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics.
Prerequisite: DIGI 1550A, DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine and apply intermediate editing concepts and techniques. Students edit industry-standard promotional trailers, and become familiar with the entire pipeline from concept to delivery. Prerequisite: DIGI 1300, DIGI 1350
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography, including camera mechanics, particularly pertaining to digital media. Students learn framing and composition techniques and display mastery of those techniques through hands-on application in multiple projects. Students shoot and present their work in various delivery platforms. The course reinforces design concepts applicable to all media.
This course builds on students experience with editing in a non-linear editing platform. Students become familiar with advanced editing techniques and focus on the technical aspects of editing in addition to the aesthetic understanding they have developed to date. Topics covered include delivery requirements, formats, codecs, frame rates, aspect ratios, frame flexing, and more. Prerequisites: DIGI 1300, DIGI 1350, DIGI 1700
This course broadens the base of students knowledge by offering insight into the process of combining computer-generated imagery (CGI) with video and film elements. By learning what happens when rendered imagery is integrated into the post-production process, students better understand the core principles of proper compositing and finishing practices. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of node-based compositing, camera tracking and rotoscoping methods utilized in current post-production pipelines. Prerequisites: DIGI 1550A, DIGI 1550B, GRPH 1050
This course introduces students to visual effects for film and television. Students will learn how to develop and choose effects that enhance their projects. Students will rely on their understanding of storytelling, cinematography, sound design and editing in evaluating their projects and selecting appropriate visual effects. Prerequisites: DIGI 1550A, DIGI 1550B, DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
This course examines various techniques necessary to successfully take a project from script to screen. Students explore the details of producing, budgeting, directing, camera operation, production sound, and lighting. Prerequisite: DIGI 1770
Students learn about developing applications for mobile platforms from both a creative and technical perspective. Students gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, and design. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for more advanced courses later in the program. GRPH 1050, GRPH 1300
Students learn about developing websites from both a creative and technical perspective. Students will gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, design, and cross-platform utility. This course builds upon knowledge gained in Integrative Design: App Development.
Prerequisites: DIGI 1650, DIGI 2580, GRPH 1050
This course introduces students to content creation in line with todays predominant marketing platform social media and the Internet. Students will learn about the various platforms used to promote products and/or services and the specifications for creating content appropriate to that platforms digital delivery system and demographic.
In this course, students examine general business practices vital to the success of a digital media artist. Students explore the principles of finance, accounting, insurance, taxes, management, marketing, and negotiation. Additionally, students are introduced to the concept of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, and basic business/contract law.
Prerequisite: DIGI 2150
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: DIGI 2100, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2420, DIGI 2580
This course facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques necessary to effectively navigate the complexities of the job market. Students explore critical components of employment in order to prepare for their job search; the ultimate result is placement in their desired career. Students develop the following skills: building a meaningful resume; understanding how to navigate career sites, including but not limited to FIDM Career Network and Linkedin; effectively researching desired industry and organizations; perfecting interviewing techniques and skills; and finally understanding the benefits of a sharable portfolio which can be utilized throughout their careers.
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Art movements such as Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Abstraction, and Surrealism are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the artist's role in society and the effect of society on art.
A survey course that examines television and film in America as an art form and charts its historical and technical development. Students study classic and contemporary mediums and filmmakers, explore the social implications of film and television, analyze film technique, as well as set decoration.
This course introduces the formal elements of line, shape, color, texture, and composition as well as the graphic principles of balance, scale, emphasis, repetition, and unity. Students also explore all aspects of two-dimensional design and imagery, which is essential to achieve a solid design. Prerequisites: GNST 1230, GRPH 1150, GRPH 1300
This course explores the fundamental traditions of typography combined with computer technology. It provides the foundation from which the students can develop both an understanding of typography and a personal aesthetic.
Total Units of Credit: 60
Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.