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3D Modeling

The easiest way to describe 3D modeling is digital sculpting in the computer. All of the tools students will use are derived from the real world and follow principles that have worked in sculpture for thousands of years. Pushing, pulling and smoothing a surface produces three-dimensional forms that range from simple to super complex.

3D model of a native American character with a large club

As a 3D modeler, you will first and foremost learn about forms. You will learn about large, medium and small forms (primary, secondary and tertiary). You’ll learn how the three types of forms harmonize with one another to build believable shapes that read correctly from large, medium and small distances from the camera. You will learn about design and functional forms that can bend/deform and move in convincible ways for animation purposes.

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Technical Art

The technical art curriculum prepares students for careers as Pipeline TA’s, Rigging TA’s, Lighting/Rendering TA’s or Visual Effects TA’s. As a Technical Artist student, you’ll start by learning the art development pipeline, followed by object-oriented Python programming.

Student working at his desk in a game engine

During the second semester, you will learn basic computer graphics math, including trigonometry, linear algebra and basic Newtonian physics. From there, you’ll be ready for high-end facial rigging, followed by procedural character rigging. The second semester finishes the fundamentals of HLSL shader programming and three-dimensional rendering. The third semester is devoted to topics in advanced pipeline skills, art tool creation, leadership and visual effects.

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Animators in Film or Games need a thorough understanding of the principles of animation to be successful. At FIEA, we offer an in-depth look into the 12 Principles of Animation developed by Disney Studios in the 1930s, and how they apply to modern film and game animation.

Female student overlooking two mocap actors on a mocap stage

Throughout the year, students will analyze both animated and live-action scenes as they work on increasingly more complex animation assignments in Maya.

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