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Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA United States

[P] +1 800.544.2787
[F] +1 415.618.6287
[E] info@academyart.edu

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The Animation & Visual Effects program at Academy of Art University trains students for careers in the expanding fields of TV and feature film animation. The curriculum reflects the needs of today's competitive industry; students can study traditional fine art/ feature animation, as well as 3-D animation motion graphics and visual effects in state-of-the-art facilities.

The major courses have been co-designed by both Pixar and the Walt Disney Animation Company. The program is taught by a select group of faculty who are all working professionals. Under the guidance of this talented team, each student prepares a professional portfolio in preparation for employment at any of the major animation studios. With the Academy's relationship with Disney, Warner Brothers and Dreamworks, top students have been placed in positions such as storyboard, layout, character design, character or effect animation, background painting and concept art.

The Academy of Art University continually invests in new equipment to ensure that the school remains on the cutting edge of technology. The Academy's eight-story Digital Arts Center offers students access to some the most advanced technology in the nation, including Silicon Graphic workstations and PowerMac G5 workstations. The Center also houses two animation labs where students can pursue traditional animation. Facility software includes: After Effects, Image Ready, Photoshop, Premeire, Maya, Flash, Fireworks, Flint, 3dmax, Combustion, Commotion, Lightwave, Dreamweaver, US Animation, InDesign, Image Modeler, Quark, QuickTime Pro and Effect.

Multiple Macs, PCs and Silicon Graphic workstations. Flame and Smoke suites and Green Screen Studio. Traditional Animation tables MLunchboxSync, Video Visualizer, lightboxes
Four NewTek Toaster and Premiere digitizing and I/O stations plus Final Cut Pro stations.
Software Applications: Maya, Flipbook, Animo, Flash, Z-Brush, Shake, Combustion, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Premiere, Aftereffects, Dreamweaver, Fireworks.

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