Our curriculum is based on developing strong foundational skills and knowledge from which students can improve their abilities as they complete challenging projects of progressive difficulty. We offer seven areas of study in our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree: illustration, design, multimedia/ web design, 3-D modeling and animation, oil painting, watercolor painting, and life drawing.
All of our students start their training with the foundations program. The foundations program helps students to develop the core skills of the visual arts. In Fundamentals of Art and Life Drawing, students learn figure drawing, composition, rendering, linear perspective and color theory. A variety of materials and techniques are introduced in these courses. Class projects give students experience in the full artistic process—from concept to sketch to thumbnail to finished work. This year is critical in preparing students to think and work as artists in their area of specialization.
The Academy also places a high priority on studio time to practice and improve on the skills and concepts covered in the classroom. Students spend many hours each week in hands-on studio work as they learn to develop and convey visual images. In addition, studio time gives students an opportunity to apply their unique inventiveness within the framework of a traditional approach.
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