Master's in Computer Arts

Best 70 Masters Programs in Computer Arts 2017

Computer Arts

A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. One must already have an undergraduate degree to apply for a master's program. Most master's degree program would require students to complete a master's thesis or research paper.

Computer arts assists students in honing their artistic skills in a medium that allows them to better integrate their work into the modern market. Learning to use this new technology may help students find work in the film, video game or advertising industries.

Master Degree in Computer Arts

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Master (MA) Visual Effects

Ravensbourne
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The landscape of visual effects is changing at a lightning speed. The technological advances over the last decade have brought us fast communication links ... [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. The landscape of visual effects is changing at a lightning speed. The technological advances over the last decade have brought us fast communication links that are enabling global, cloud-based and remote workflow, opening the possibilities of a looser, more flexible network of artists based in different countries creatively collaborating on visual effects projects. This, combined with the ever increasing demand for both film and video content means that there is a growing need not just for VFX artists but also VFX producers, post-production coordinators and project managers that have a deep understanding of the whole workflow in the creation of visual effects and the post-production in general. Ravensbourne’s course reflects these changes and follows Skillset guidance on the entry skills required to meet VFX industry’s needs that encompass not only specialised industry skills but also soft skills required for a successful career in the VFX and post-production industry be it in the creative or project management spectrum. In addition six modules in the form of group tutorials are given on the whole process in the creation of VFX including pre-production meetings, VFX acquisition, scheduling, budgeting, organisation and shoot supervision. These modules also place VFX in the wider context of post-production and give an overview of the post-production workflow from brief to delivery that includes transcoding, editing and deliverables. Ravensbourne gives students access to all the necessary equipment, including cameras, the use of green screen studios with complete lighting rigs and the relevant software. Students will have the opportunity to visit a major post-production facility through Ravensbourne’s many industry partnerships. Entrants are likely to have previously studied arts, media, public relations, marketing, editing, post-production, motion graphics or 3D animation at undergraduate level. [-]

Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET)

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time 1 - 1  September 2017 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET), offered by the School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a world-renowned multimedia programme that explores crossdisciplinary media applications and technologies. [+]

The Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET), offered by the School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a world-renowned multimedia programme that explores crossdisciplinary media applications and technologies. Students learn about the multimedia industry, creative processes for developing innovative ideas, the application of emerging technology in media, and entrepreneurial skills to successfully see a project from conception to completion. The programme offers three constantly adapting streams: Game Development; Applied Design Psychology; and Social, Mobile and Internet. In Game Development, students learn the latest in game design techniques, whilst in Applied Design Psychology, students gain insight into creative thinking and designing content. In Social, Mobile and Internet, students learn about how cutting edge technologies impact digital entertainment. The Three Pillars The MScMET programme is comprised of three distinctive pillars. The first is the diverse faculty of world-class scholars and industry specialists who bring a wealth of local and international expertise. Students obtain first hand theoretical and applied knowledge across multiple industries. Through faculty connections, students gain opportunities for their studies and career development. The second pillar is the programme’s commitment to supporting students in becoming balanced, forward-thinking individuals. Through engaging teaching methods, each student is guided towards becoming a creative and critical thinker, in touch with their intuition and capable of pursuing their future with confidence. The third pillar is the fostering of an entrepreneurial mindset in students. Skills learnt throughout the programme can be applied to personal projects, professional design work, and research. Through our programme, students gain fundamental skills to conceptualise and implement their designs. Optional courses are offered for those who wish to pursue their own start-ups. Future Success and Opportunities The future success of students is a key focus of the MScMET programme offered by the School of Design, which was named one of the world’s top 25 best design schools by Business Week. In addition, founded in 2000, the MScMET is one of the longest running multimedia programmes in the world. The programme offers opportunities through providing the latest technology, state of the art facilities, and a central location in Hong Kong and Asia. Our students and faculty are actively engaged in activities and research taking place in the Digital Entertainment Lab, Co-Creation Institute, Sound Studio, and Play|Space. Students can also collaborate with others outside of the programme, such as with Master of Design students and faculty, on various multimedia projects. Being based in Asia offers students incredible opportunities as Hong Kong is a multicultural city that serves as a focal point for innovation in the region. Students of the MScMET programme are guaranteed a relevant degree from one of the world’s most established schools. Supported by the faculty, SD and PolyU, students graduate as capable, inspired designers adept in management and creative thinking, with each student capable of commanding their own, bright future. Aims The programme is for those who are keen to lead in the digital entertainment industry. It is designed to open creative possibilities in the minds of the students by exploring cross-disciplinary media applications and technologies. Through theories and project-based modules, students are encouraged to look afresh into all aspects of how media impacts our lives, ranging from technological innovation and development for human-machine interfaces to creative content design for digital entertainment. The course starts with the building blocks of human psychology, game design, and on-line entertainment and encourages students to look beyond technology by finding value in innovation to shape the path of what digital entertainment can become. The MSc program develops a balanced level of expertise through delivery of subjects that overview the multimedia domain from design to technology. Upon completion of the MScMET programme, students will be able to have the following skills: Professional / Academic Knowledge Skills The ability to conceptualize, design and develop innovative multimedia products and applications Understand the relationship humans have with media, from physical and psychological to social and cultural Proficiency with design research methods Optimally deliver designed products/concepts through a coordinated communication and implementation plan Generic Skills for All-roundedness The ability to generate planning and coordination strategies The ability to create and communicate effective ideas Interpersonal skills needed to collaborate with those from other disciplines Creative insight and critical thinking skills for sustained future growth beyond the university [-]

Master in Audio and Visual Media Arts

RISEBA
Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Riga

Humanities Master Studies in Audiovisual Media Arts is one of the most innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary training in Latvia. It is rooted in the best traditions of Auteur Cinema and expanded across various specialties: filmmaking, directing of photography, animation, video and CG generated graphics, interactive 2D and 3D production, and game development... [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. Humanities Master Studies in Audiovisual Media Arts is one of the most innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary training in Latvia. It is rooted in the best traditions of Auteur Cinema and expanded across various specialties: filmmaking, directing of photography, animation, video and CG generated graphics, interactive 2D and 3D production, and game development. While comprehensive in its structure to train the future executives in film and television studios, ad agencies, animation studios, creative departments of social networking, and SFX and post-production houses, the program offers its students to specialize in a chosen field via Independent Studies cycle. The minor is declared by a student under auspices of an esteemed faculty member and, generally, in the areas of film directing, art directing, animation, and post production supervising. Degree awarded: Master in Audio and Visual Media Arts Language of instructions: English Study environment Auditorium Theoretical lectures are usually held in auditoriums. All auditoriums are equipped with computers and projectors for lecturers’ and students’ presentations. The biggest auditorium is also equipped with large screens in order to provide better visibility. Video studio Students learn the crafts of camera operator and lighting in a 300 sqm big video studio. Students can also take advantage of this studio for their own academic projects outside the lectures. Studio is equipped with a full featured black and green screen backgrounds and floor. Cameraperson’s special machinery, such as camera crane and steadicam, is also available. In 2013/2014 academic year studio will be equipped with a stationary lighting system. Next to the studio there is a green room, storage for costumes and stage property, and a recording studio. Mounting studio Architecture and Media Centre H2O6 has two big and two small editing studios. Both big editing studios are equipped with 15 – 20 iMac desktops. In these studios audiovisual editing lessons and practical workshops are being held. Small editing studios are meant for students’ unsupervised work after the lectures. All computers for video editing are equipped with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, Logic Studio and other editing software. Why RISEBA, why Audiovisual Media Arts? aesthetic, philological, and technical approach of the programme is instilled by the best Russian and American film school traditions, the only Master Studies programme in Latvia where additional coursework in art theories and a selected course load in advanced workshops may be undertaken at the Latvian Academy of Art, the only program where the graduates are offered a business module to increase their effective competitiveness in the global audiovisual market sectors, a number of courses, be it Game Design, Film Narratology or Dramatic Construction via on-line with Hollywood Industry professionals, to name a few, are unique in the Baltic States, a very individual approach to every student and instructed by the international group of accomplished artists and academics, a flexible study schedule and a flexible payment schedule, an effective ERASMUS exchange with similar programs at TAMK University of Applied Sciences, the School of Art and Media, the Academy of Visual Arts, Design and Pop Culture, MINERVA, Netherlands an effective network with similar programs worldwide that conduct cutting edge workshops throughout the academic year, technically best equipped infrastructure in media studies in the Baltic States. Programme entry requirements Copy of previous education certificate/diploma + transcript of records CV in English Creative portfolio (photo, video, design, script or similar) Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5+, TOEFL 69+ or equivalent) Copy of Passport Programme content Cross-Media Technology and Integration Cinematography Photography New Media and Film Editing and Aesthetics Screenwriting Stereoscopic 3D and Virtual Reality Documentary Film Production Visual Semiotics in Media Design Game Analysis Motion Graphics and Design in Cinema 4D Interactive Cinema Advanced Soundscapes Directing for Stage, TV, and New Media Distribution and Niche Marketing Advanced Directing of Photography Animation and SFX Producing Conformity of Cultures Pipeline Route in Autodesk Smoke Filma Narratology Intellectual Property and Legal Aspects in Creative Industries Modular Synthesis in Post Production Sound Mobile Game Technologies *RISEBA reserve rights to make adjustments up to 20 % of the programme content. For more specific information about the study course qualifications, please contact programme creative director. Admission requirements 1. Copy of previous education certificate/diploma + transcript of records 2. CV in English 3. Creative portfolio (photo, video, design, script or similar) 4. Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5+, TOEFL 69+ or equivalent) 5. Copy of Passport [-]

Master in Visual Arts

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK
Campus Full time October 2017 Lebanon Jounieh

Studies in Visual and Performing Arts are based on exploration, competence and the progressive deepening of knowledge, as well as on the deepening and ongoing evolution of learning. This program cannot therefore be academically considered without the support of regular and assiduous practical and reflexive participation of students. [+]

Studies in Visual and Performing Arts are based on exploration, competence and the progressive deepening of knowledge, as well as on the deepening and ongoing evolution of learning. This program cannot therefore be academically considered without the support of regular and assiduous practical and reflexive participation of students. Programs are established according to the international system of American credits. Throughout undergraduate studies (BA), the program focuses on specialized training in the option chosen by students. The possession of technical, theoretical and artistic skills enables them to professionally carry out projects that will lead to the autonomous conduct of artistic and commercial orders. At the end of the Bachelor degree, students improve and expand their skills in the field of their specialization, thanks to advanced courses and a set of management, organization and business techniques, useful for the success of their senior projects. These skills and techniques are supposed to activate the acquired knowledge, in preparation for academic and professional integration. Courses of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts are exclusively offered in the main campus of Kaslik. Master in Visual Arts (36 credits - 2 years) Audiovisual: Multimedia Audiovisual: Arts Video Cinema Television Photography Job Opportunities Potential job opportunities are found in the professional sectors of image production, based on the execution of projects in the field of audiovisual, motion picture, television, photography, theater and multimedia. Television channels or subsidiary production companies Film production companies Making of movies and documentaries Web design and 2D and 3D animation production companies Commercial photographic production companies Newspapers Sales and business relations in the field of photography Career in film and digital laboratories [-]

Master in Web Development

East London University
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa East London

Few innovations have had an impact on the world of business as much as the Internet and the digital sharing of information and commerce. Maintaining business websites, from intranets to globally accessible sites, requires people who can keep each site's information current and secure. [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. Few innovations have had an impact on the world of business as much as the Internet and the digital sharing of information and commerce. Maintaining business websites, from intranets to globally accessible sites, requires people who can keep each site's information current and secure. This Postgraduate master program will prepare you for a position in Web development. This fairly new degree was shaped by employers expressing their need for employees with web- development skills: database management, computer networking, information security, Web applications, etc. This program is tailored to meet this demand by balancing foundational areas of understanding and problem solving with an emphasis on Web-centered technologies. Our graduates are immediately productive and adaptive as programmers, Web developers, software developers, software architects, Web applications developers. As a web developer, you could be working on a team that develops websites and web applications. An education that emphasizes web development can help you develop knowledge and skills to use scripting, graphic tools to design and develop websites and applications, and to maintain and update websites. If you're organized and able to work well with others, you might like to pursue a career in web development. Potential Employment Includes: PERL and CGI Programming Technician Web Application Developer HTML Programmer Website Designer Database Technician This full-time program will put you to work with real world group projects and hands-on assignments revolving around the following 3 areas of expertise. Database Architecture and Design (Including: Database modeling, UML, SQL / MySQL/ SQL Server, Database administration, etc.). Front-End programming (including: Introduction to UX and web-design, wire-framing, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Angular JS). Back-End programming (including: versioning, GIT, PHP, JAVA, JAVA SE) Program This 2-year Postgraduate Master’s Degree grants 120 ECTS credits distributed in 4 semesters of 15 weeks each: 96 mandatory ECTS credits (including 18 ECTS credits granted upon completion of a mandatory professional internship and 12 ECTS credits for the Master’s Thesis at the end of the program) and 24 elective ECTS credits chosen a catalog of 48 elective ECTS total. Students will to decide between 2 minors: Mobile Application Programming: Provides students with the specialized knowledge that is essential in the development of native Android mobile applications. Students will gain experience with the languages and frameworks that are most commonly used in developing these applications, with the design of user interfaces and software systems, and with associated topics such as networking, hosting infrastructure, and security. Cross-Platform Programming: This minor focuses on Xamarin, a cross-platform development tool. Students will learn how to solve the common dilemma of having to develop cross-platform apps. Using C# in Xamarin, students will produce apps for iOS, Android, and Windows. The program is designed for students already holding a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Programming or equivalent. Applicants with a 3-year minimum demonstrable professional hand-on experience can also apply. Curriculum Semesters 1 & 2 Refresher: C/C++, C# 6 Database Architecture and Design 6 Database Modeling: UML 6 SQL / MySQL / SQL Server I 6 SQL / MySQL / SQL Server II Professional internship: Min. 16 weeks Semester 3 HTML5 / CSS JavaScript JavaScript frameworks: jQuery and AngularJS Mobile Application Programming Minor Android I Android II Cross-Platform Programming Minor Xamarin I Xamarin II Semester 4 PHP 6M PHP frameworks: Symfony, Laravel, CodeIgniter Java and Java SE Mobile Application Programming Minor Android III Introduction to iOS Cross-Platform Programming Minor Xamarin III Xamarin group project Master’s Thesis Master’s Thesis The web development degree concentration offers a wealth of knowledge found only in focused IT programs. You'll create interactive webpages and configure mobile development environments to build basic applications for mobile devices. You’ll also explore the challenges of creating user-friendly mobile apps and the principles, techniques and implications of e-commerce. Upon completion of the degree, you'll be able to: Solve technology-related problems using effective and appropriate methods, tools and critical soft skills Develop a professional identity from which to make globally, socially and ethically responsible information technology and systems decisions that are in line with legal and organizational policy requirements Employ appropriate verbal and written communication skills to meet the needs of diverse audiences using oral, print and multimedia strategies Recommend effective system design and maintenance solutions that meet user and organizational needs based on appropriate tools and applications for a given scenario Recommend appropriate core information technologies, systems, data manipulation methods and computational thinking solutions to support organizational decision-making strategies within a business environment You'll gain hands-on experience with industry-standard software, databases, and languages, including Adobe Creative Suite (PhotoShop) and Flash. You'll discover best practices for translating business requirements into design, and design into fast, immersive web experiences for different browsers and screen sizes using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, and JSON. ® And you'll learn about back-end application development and e-commerce systems, from how to code data-driven web and e-commerce applications using PHP and enterprise-wide databases such as Oracle, to marketing, online retailing, and electronic supply chain management. [-]

MASTER PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT & DIGITAL ANIMATION TECHNIQUES

LISAA Paris
Campus Full time 1 - 2  September 2017 France Paris

This course allows each student to further their skills in the following fields: production direction, story board, directing, concept art, layout, modelling, rigging, animation, matte painting, lighting, rendering, VFX and compositing. [+]

This course allows each student to further their skills in the following fields: production direction, story board, directing, concept art, layout, modelling, rigging, animation, matte painting, lighting, rendering, VFX and compositing. Students develop their skills in directing, use of software, combining 2-D and 3-D techniques for complex projects and optimizing production calendar management. This approach leads to an in-depth knowledge of the entire production pipeline for 3-D animated films. Furthermore, it allows students from a 2-D background to learn 3-D tools, and for those from a real-time background to gain experience in staging and in precalculated 3-D. The course in Production Management and Digital Animation Techniques takes place over one year following a BAC+3 year qualification at LISAA in 2-D Animation, 3-D Animation, VFX, 2-D Video Games or 3-D Video Games. It is also open to graduates from other digital animation schools. Advantages of the Course Real projects led by professionals in order to learn to respond to industry requirements in the most suitable way Teaching staff made up of industry professionals who are aware of technological changes in a constantly-evolving field Permanent industry links via judging panels and partnerships with studios, which aid students’ transition into the workplace Team projects in order to simulate studio work and to help students to decide on their area of specialisation High-standard equipment to work in the same conditions as professionals: motion caption studio, colour grading studio, post-synchronization studio. Careers Background designer Character Designer / Artist Compositing artist Concept artist 2-D/3-D Layout Artist Lighting / Rendering artist Matte painter Modeler / Mapper Compositing operator / editor Film director Rigger Story-boarder Texturing artist VFX artist Entry Requirements & Application To be eligible for this course, students must fulfil the following criteria: hold a qualification from LISAA or other digital animation school in VFX, 2-D Animation, 3-D Animation, 2-D Video Games or 3-D Video Games (BAC + 3 Years of further study); have strong skills in drawing, visual design, modelling, set up, animation, rendering; have a good level of English; have already undertaken a work placement in a company in the animation industry. Fees French and EU residents
8 890€ / year [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  September 2017 USA Redmond + 1 more

Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture, and art history, with a practical approach to studio art production that helps students develop both their personal skill and artistic voice. Full-Time and Part-Time Options Students have the option of enrolling in this program full-time for two years, or enrolling part-time and spreading their course load over four years. Admissions Information Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program should have experience in the following areas: drawing, figure drawing, art history, composition, 3D modeling, animation, sculpture, color theory, and digital painting. Candidates must also provide an art portfolio of 15 to 20 samples of artwork to be considered for admission. Topics Covered By the time they graduate, students in the MFA program will possess the following qualifications: - Extensive 3D production experience, including the ability to use the most current 2D and 3D graphics applications in the industry, as well as traditional fine arts skills such as drawing, sculpting, and painting. - A deep understanding of the creative process and the 3D graphics production pipeline, including the ability to manage projects from brainstorming to completion. - Strong research skills, especially as they relate to art history, character design references, and anatomy. - A specialization in modeling, sculpting, or character art, as well as a unique and highly developed personal voice as demonstrated by their thesis. Career Outlook Graduates of the MFA program will be qualified to pursue a range of entry- and intermediate-level roles in both art production and academia, including: - 3D Modeler - Animator - Character Artist - Technical Artist - Texture Artist - Senior Artist - Senior Animator - Senior Character Artist - Professor of Fine Arts [-]

Master Specialization In 3D For VFX Houdini

FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D School
Campus Full time 10  July 2017 Spain Barcelona

This Master is aimed at professionals with 3D experience, students of Master 3D VFX and postproduction for similar formations or students who want to master the most advanced technologies to create high-level visual effects tools. [+]

Next call: January 2017 - OPEN ENROLLMENT Duration: 10 months + 3 months of final project. Places: 12 Headquarters: Barcelona Description and purpose To train students in advanced unobtainable with other software VFX. This training (endorsed by SideFX) is estructuradasegún demand of the most prestigious visual effects studios in the world and is designed to create visual effects tools with Houdini, the standard software industry VFX and complemented with Real Flow simulation fluids and Python script language essential in pipelines senior post. Geometry and travel tools, particle effects and dynamics will be developed; fire, smoke, fluids ... The ultimate goal is the integration of students work as VFX specialist. This Master is aimed at professionals with 3D experience, students of Master 3D VFX and postproduction for similar formations or students who want to master the most advanced technologies to create high-level visual effects tools. In this Master students can perform a project Training in Hollywood (Space Command, feature film saga created by one of the writers of the Star Trek series, Marc Zeecre) Requirements  Demonstrable knowledge of 3D and postproduction. Interview with Professor. Monitoring and masterclasses Seminar Arnold Render. Training in actual production. Career prospects Senior technical specialist in VFX for film, advertising and TV.Nuestros students have worked to finish his training, in films like Guardians of the Galaxy (MPC) and currently in The Jungle Book (Disney) This training is supported by the most outstanding professionals internationally and Pablo Gimenez (Captain America, Iron Man 2, Skyfall ...) among others. [-]

12 Month Full Time - Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design

Think Tank Training Centre
Campus Full time October 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design Program at Think Tank Training Centre is an intensive one-year program that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies to cater to the needs of the current film, television and gaming industries. [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. The Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design program at Think Tank Training Centre in North Vancouver, Canada is an intensive one-year course that specializes in the latest software, techniques and technologies, and caters to the needs of the film, television and gaming industries. It consists of respected industry professionals as instructors teaching a current curriculum, a mentorship program, and small class sizes with extensive hands-on training. The program is divided into three 15 week semesters, with course integration to allow assignments to overlap and support one another. A diploma in Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Game Design will be awarded upon successful completion of the program requirements and demo reel. Student Testimonials “Think Tank is a special school. I was hired by Bioware after they saw my demo reel, and I ended up beating out a few other senior guys for the position." Shawn Kassian, Bioware (Environment Artist) “Being a student at Think Tank made me feel like I was in an exclusive school for artists seeking to achieve the highest of standards in CG creation.” Adar Bronstein, ICON Creative Studio (Senior 3D Modeling & Texturing Artist) “It was really more of a family than a school. Great, supportive people who were always there to help out if I was having trouble with anything, and were also dedicated to seeing me succeed.” Liam Jones, MPC (Technical Animator) “The school not only cared about my success, but also did everything in their power to make sure I had the tools and skills required to succeed in the industry.” Tanner Roberts, EA Popcap (Environment Artist) “Think Tank surpassed my expectations of what I thought a good VFX school would be. Not only do they provide the academic foundations and resources for artists to learn and grow, Scott and Joe make it their priority to ensure a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for students to work in.” Emily Luk, Image Engine (Junior Texture Artist) The 12 Month Diploma Program: Course Outline SEMESTER 1 3D Animation This course begins with a brief history of animation, and then exploration into the different methods of key-frame animating: keying pose to pose, straight ahead, path animation and how to edit the animation using the f-curve editor. Students will also explore simple walks and runs for biped and quadruped characters. 3D Modeling Modeling 100 will introduce the concepts and processes of creating three dimensional objects within a virtual environment. You will learn all aspects of polygon modeling and create a variety of objects, including environments and sets, vehicles and organic characters. Introduction to Brush based modeling using Mudbox will also be covered during the latter half of the course. Classsical & Flash Animation Students develop drawing skills while learning the principles of squash and stretch, follow-through and overlapping action, anticipation, timing, key frames and in-between-ing. Lessons in character animation and storyboarding explore the elements necessary to bring an animation to life. This course builds a foundation for 3D classes to follow. Digital Imaging 100 This module provides an in-depth exploration of Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital imaging. Students work on the basics of image editing, color correction, color management, preparing files for print and exporting images. Once the basics are covered, students will then begin to use these tools to texture a variety of objects, thus preparing them for more advanced 3D texturing software and a real-world production environment. Maya 100 Students will be introduced to Autodesk Maya, an advanced 3D animation and content creation software package, with the focus on 3D principles and workflow. Everything from materials, UVs, shaders, rigging, overrides and passes is covered in detail and brings many different industry components together. Texturing 100 The introduction to the world of texturing. Tools such as Photoshop, NDO and Marmoset will be used to provide real-time feedback when texturing props, environments and characters. SEMESTER 2 3D Animation 200 From simple mechanical animations the students will now focus on the basics of character animation. Bringing a synthetic character to life is the goal. Using Maya, students will study acting to dialogue, facial animation, timing, editing animations with F-curves, and all the principles that make a great animation. Using Forward and Inverse Kinematics to pose and animate characters, students will tackle a variety of situations that they will face in the real world of production as a character animator. Students will also learn the significant impact rigging plays in successful animation, and what factors make a good or bad character rig. Video rotoscoping will be used as a visual aid to the animator. 3D Modeling 200 In this second and more advanced module, students will build upon their skills founded in Modeling 100. Attention to detail will be key as students learn to build an “animation- proficient” character with proper topology. Additional techniques will be introduced to add realistic detail to models and speed up modeling times. Efficient, yet impressive, sets and props will be incorporated with other production pipeline classes to achieve a realistic look. This class also includes learning supplementary tools and software to support a variety of modeling and creation pipelines. Acting For Animation 200 This course introduces the fundamental principles of acting for the purpose of creating animation. The exercises will teach how to perform actions differently for various characters and personalities: how to properly do anticipations and reactions for each action, how to do verbal and non-verbal acting, acting between two characters, increasing imagination and creativity and how to act with body language first and facial acting second. Advanced Lighting 200 This course focuses on lighting and shading in a way that will enable artists to better understand how to use any rendering application. Using Maya/Vray, students will have their minds blown when they learn how limited their perception of materials, light and shadow has been all of their lives. When they apply this new understanding to lighting and shading in CG, they will find themselves ahead of the pack in any software. The second half of this course is designed to get students up to speed with the 3D painting package from The Foundry. Emphases are on the integration of Mari into the student’s demo reel workflow and the development of photo-realistic textures. Advanced Texturing 200 This course is an exploration of texture painting for VFX. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of the latest 3D painting packages, and utilize the programs to create photo-realistic textures using a combination of photo projections and hand painting techniques. The course will take an in-depth look at a variety of materials and surfaces such as metals, skin, glass and wet surfaces and how to use a combination of texturing and shading in V-ray for Maya to replicate these materials. Students in this course will take their models to the next level, and will be able to integrate them into live action footage and games seamlessly! Compositing & Visual Effects 200 Students are introduced to the world of the visual effects artist, and the skills and techniques that are used in the field. We discuss how effects are created and how they are integrated into live-action and CG plates. Our goal is to give the students a good understanding of how movie magic is achieved. Particles, mattes, color keying, camera tracking, stabilization and using simple yet effective effects such as glows, flares, depth of field and color correction to achieve a photo-real look will be covered. This course is essential to the understanding of various methods of compositing in order to achieve esthetically beautiful and believable imagery. Digital Sculpting 200 The purpose of Digital Sculpting 200 is to teach the necessary tools to be able to function effectively in a professional working pipeline. This course introduces the techniques and possibilities that Zbrush provides. Students will develop strong fundamentals of pose / proportion, and learn all the necessary techniques to effectively finish sculpting a model and prepare it for pipeline production. Students will also be taught how to work between Zbrush and other major 3D applications, such as Mudbox, for superior results. Game Design 200 Students learn how to work with art assets in the CryEngine game engine and apply this to a class project. While working on this, students get to focus on what they want to pursue as a career. Topics covered include normal map generation and painting, advanced UV techniques, importing geometry, collision meshes, animation systems and more. Students will feel more than comfortable within the CryEngine, have the knowledge to adapt to any realtime/game work environment and know how to keep their digital assets efficient and of high quality. Maya 200 In Maya 200, you will learn the basics of modeling, lighting, texturing and animating a scene using Maya. Students gain an understanding of the interface and workflow of Maya and how to interpret tools and principals learned in Softimage to this alternate platform. The emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of Maya with rigging being a major focus. Mentored Lab 200 During a monitored lab you will be reviewing your progress on current running projects assigned in various classes throughout the week. Each class is structured to provide individual coaching in order to ensure goals and timelines are met on all assignments. A senior academic advisor or a TA is made available to coach, critique and troubleshoot as needed if any problems that arise. This ensures each student gets the necessary help needed in between their classes. Production Pipeline 200 Production 200 allows students the time needed to develop and deploy their final demo reel concepts. The class will also focus on developing the relationship the student will need to get started in the industry after graduation. Outings to mainstream studios in Vancouver and visits from top industry professionals will serve to inspire and guide students to create viable demo reels that will get them hired by the employer of their choice. Traditional Sculpting 200 Our sculpture class is a chance for students to get their hands dirty. Taught by Gideon Hay, an industry veteran for sculpts, maquettes, and props in Vancouver, this class will introduce the basics of building character maquettes, armatures and the use of scalpel as a modelling tool. Anatomy, texture, proportion and character design will be discussed, as well as how they are used in a real production situation. It's also a chance for students to change gears and enjoy making cool art without a computer. Character Creation 200 In this seven week extended workshop, students will learn how to go from a sculpted model to a production ready and efficient game model. Emphasis will be on workflow and problem solving, so that when students are finished the course they will have a production ready model. Confidence is essential when entering the final demo reel semester, and this course will solidify the student's knowledge base on all things character creation. SEMESTER 3 Advanced Shading & Rendering 300 Advanced rendering and engines support students in their demo reel semester with regard to rendering and outputting their created content. Students will feel comfortable rendering in VRay and have the knowledge to create complex materials and lighting situations while keeping their renders efficient. Students will also learn how to utilize a render farm for maximum efficiency and pipeline experience. Career Management 300 Once a student leaves the nest and lands that first job they are faced with a myriad of financial decisions. This course is designed to take the mystery out of topics like: - Getting your foot in the door of the company of your choice - Giving a great interview (or 'how to sell yourself') - Managing your student loan - RSPs and how they are a benefit - Mortgages and why they are easier than you think - How to invest in stocks, GICs and mutual funds and why they make good sense - Freelancing and/or starting your own company. Demo Reel Authoring 300 This course is the last step to getting your demo reel into a format that properly showcases your work. Outputting to video, as well as putting together your own online portfolio will be covered. Understanding Interface design, compression, formats, editing and sound engineering will enable students to make a knockout original presentation that sells your skills and talents. Packaging and overall presentation will also be a focus of this course. Mentoring 300 During third semester, the students will be paired up with a personal mentor who is currently working in the industry. The mentor will coach the student one-on-one through the demo reel process and will provide feedback, advice and critiques. The students will meet with the mentor once a week, and will be given goals and timelines in order to properly structure their very intense final semester. Monitored Lab During a monitored lab, you will be reviewing your progress on current projects assigned in various classes throughout the week. Each class is structured to provide individual coaching for each student in order to ensure goals and timelines are met on all assignments. A senior academic advisor or TA is made available to coach, critique and troubleshoot as needed, if any problems that arise. This ensures that each student gets the necessary help needed in between their classes. Production 300 Production 300 is designed to monitor the progress of the students throughout their final (mentorship) semester. Students are interviewed every two weeks to ensure mentors are effective, time is managed well, and resources are accessed and utilized in an efficient manner. This is a good forum for students to discuss new concepts and technical hurdles. Student Demo Reels [-]

Master in Video Game Enterprise and Production

Birmingham City University Faculty of Art, Design and Media
Online & Campus Combined Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Gamer Camp: Biz is a year-long masters level course for the next generation of games industry entrepreneurs and producers. The games industry is full of project managers, entrepreneurs and associate producers, who all need serious managerial and business know-how to lead a game production to completion, be it a 79p iOS app or a £30m AAA console release. [+]

Biz, MSc in Video Game Enterprise and ProductionGamer Camp: Biz is a year-long masters level course for the next generation of games industry entrepreneurs and producersThe games industry is full of project managers, entrepreneurs and associate producers, who all need serious managerial and business know-how to lead a game production to completion, be it a 79p iOS app or a £30m AAA console release.Although these people will not be coding or designing art assets on a daily basis, it is vital that they have a comprehensive and realistic understanding of the game development process, and how all the disparate elements operate and come together to produce the polished game you see on the shelf or in an App StoreOn Gamer Camp: Biz, we give people who want to work in games, an in-depth experience of the full game development process combined with all the hard-edged business skills they need to run a small games business or manage a studio production. Gamer Camp: Biz is suitable for both those in the games industry and graduates with an appropriate degree who are keen to strike out on their own.This very practical approach is mirrored by Facebook, when new a new staff member starts at Facebook they go through a “Bootcamp” to ensure they understand the code base and how the programming team works.“To make sure all our engineers share this approach, we require all new engineers — even managers whose primary job will not be to write code — to go through a program called Bootcamp where they learn our codebase, our tools and our approach. There are a lot of folks in the industry who manage engineers and don't want to code themselves, but the type of hands-on people we're looking for are willing and able to go through Bootcamp." – Mark Zuckerberg.We believe an understanding of how games are made will help you build a successful game development company. We'll show you how games are developed, designed, produced, commissioned, concieved and sold - prepare to get stuck in and get your hands dirty because Gamer Camp is a hands-on experience.... [-]


Master in Animation

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a 2-year Master of Animation programme to postgraduate students interested in animation directing and filmmaking. [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. Master in Animation Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a two-year Master of Animation programme to postgraduate students interested in animation directing and filmmaking. If you are an ambitious and determined artist, with the talent, motivation and desire to create unique work, form new directions and realise your career aspirations as an animation director, this course is ideal. The course combines several disciplines e.g. animation, scriptwriting, history of animation and media theory, making the background of this MA programme trans-disciplinary. The coursework mainly concentrates on classical and experimental techniques i.e. drawing animation, stop motion, cut-outs, sand animation, painting under the camera etc. In the professional sense, students will direct and produce animated films. An important part of the study are collaboration projects with local companies and organisations. The programme has a unique teaching and learning framework where students receive abundant individual attention and mentoring from highly experienced animation professionals. Students of the animation department organise the annual festival Animated Dreams, which is part of POFF, the Dark Nights Film Festival, held in Estonia during the dim evenings of Autumn. Curriculum Structure Lectures, seminars, intensive modules and projects are intertwined in the two-year MA programme. Essay writing, script writing, animating, directing, editing, sound engineering and research are core activities to be learnt and practiced throughout the courses, leading to a final diploma-film project. The courses are taught in English. Courses taught Philosophy Ethics and aesthetics Film theory Film history Animation history Animation technique Creativity Film production Film industry Animation projects 1 and 2 [-]

Master of Arts in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)

Aalto University
Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Espoo

The Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) educates professionals and researchers, to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and give relevant competencies... [+]

Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) will not accept new students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) educates professionals and researchers, to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and give relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments. NoVA builds on Nordic expertise, and is open for international students. Nordic perspectives are related to current discussions in the field of international art education. Studying in another Nordic university/university college for one or two semesters is a requirement of the programme. Students are responsible for the costs of living during their study time. Collaborating universities and departments are: Department of Visual Arts Education at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Sweden; Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, Norway; Department of Art at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland; Department of Communication at Aalborg University, Denmark. Each university or university college has significant experience and capacity with art and/or media education at the national level. Competences between and among institutions offer a broad range of areas of study, including critical pedagogy and social and cultural awareness; contemporary art didactics, digital technology, and ICT; project oriented, collaborative, problem-based, and participatory-based work; sustainable development; intercultural and social entrepreneurship; and double perspective - combining theory and practice. Goal of Education Content outcomes Students understand a broad range of issues, theories, and practices of Nordic art education and visual studies Students understand practices and traditions of cross-cultural and international education Students understand the interrelationship of social and cultural issues, curriculum content, philosophies of teaching, and the construction of democratic spaces of learning Students understand the geo-political and pedagogical dimensions of space, place, the public sphere, and private realms Skill outcomes Students are able to analyse, interpret, and respond to images, objects, and sites in everyday life through theories of visual culture Students are able to connect art and visual image making and the interpretation of visual culture to issues of power and representation, for advancing pedagogy Students are able to use digital technology for contemporary art didactics Students are able to produce layered, interactive, and dynamic visual work, in different formats and media Students are able to develop plans, carry out in practice, and document independent practical projects Academic skills Students can apply pedagogical interaction skills in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments Students can apply methods of contemporary art didactics Students know a variety of research methodologies and are able to investigate, develop, and implement cutting edge research in art education Students can apply skills of intercultural and social entrepreneurship Students can participate in international discussions and research More about the language of instruction The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) is English. Education content NoVA courses are mapped around three concepts: sights, sites, cites. Throughout the NoVA programme, students focus on the significance of “sight” in relation to theories, practices, and networks of visual studies. With the concept of ”site,” students investigate the geo-political and pedagogical dimensions of space, place, the public sphere, and private realms. And, students are provided with opportunities to critically reflect upon and synthesize previous experiences and knowledge as well as generate new knowledge through “citational” practices that draw upon existing social and cultural texts, theories, artworks, and research. Career opportunities Students that graduate from NoVA will have strong intercultural understanding and experiences, and knowledge of teaching practices and theories in different Nordic countries. This cross-cultural study offers work opportunities internationally in different art, educational, and visual communicational areas, institutions, organisations, communities, art and culture projects. Students may direct themselves toward teaching, guidance, and consultant tasks on different levels of schooling, or in the fields of art and visual and media culture, social sectors and corporate life. Through NoVA, students are prepared for doctoral studies and for the possibility to continue their research profession. The degree alone does not qualify as teacher competency. The choice of the exchange university/university college guides the contents of studies. Depending on the combination, students may, for example, choose to emphasize media communication or contemporary artistic studies. Titles Students graduating from NoVA may work as art educators, culture consultants, media communicators, museum educators, and art teachers (degree alone does not qualify). Internationalisation NoVA extends Aalto Univerity’s vision by constructing an internationally-networked community of learners, in part through student mobility integrated directly into the program, where students study at two universities in the Nordic countries. The program, which is entirely in English, is designed from beginning to end, with and through international partners, and has a primary focus on expanding Nordic art education in a global context. NoVA students engage in a variety of learning and teaching methods, including in-person, on-line, and whole group pedagogy, at home and host universities, and at retreats and international seminars. NoVA international faculty members cooperate in curricula planning and collaborative teaching, and employ the latest information and communications technology to actualize the curricula in a personalized and systematic manner for each student. [-]

Master of Digital Media

The Centre for Digital Media - The CDM
Campus September 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Master of Digital Media program is an internationally recognized, research informed, and industry relevant professional master [+]

Master Programs in Computer Arts. The Master of Digital Media program is an internationally recognized, research informed, and industry relevant professional master's program. What is common between a weather app on your phone, a racing game on your console and a state-of-the-art imaging tool in a hospital? All of these are digital media products, and to build them requires teams of digital media professionals. Digital media is content that is stored in digital formats and usually distributed online. The world we live in today is populated by digital media products, and the shift from traditional media has taken place in many industries, including industries that aren’t typically associated with digital media—such as health, government and education. Digital media products can be found in: eCommerce Games – console, online and mobile Websites and mobile applications Animation Social media Video Augmented reality Virtual reality Data visualization Location-based services Interactive Storytelling Digital media can include these industries: Entertainment Technology eCommerce Non-Profit Health Education Marketing and advertising Government Sports Environment Television Publishing Scholarships There are many scholarship opportunities available to new and returning students of the Master of Digital Media program. More than 60% of incoming September 2014 students received a scholarship or other financial assistance. [-]

Visual Arts For The Digital Age - Bachelor Master

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Campus Full time 12  March 2017 Italy Milan

The curriculum of the Master of Visual Arts for the Digital Age provides the cultural and technical tools to analyze, conceptually and creatively, the different ways in which the contemporary artistic practice and the techniques of its contemporary visual arts are related and intertwined in order to carry out projects in the framework of digital art, the performing arts, interactive installations using multimedia and cross-media languages. The Master also provides the skills necessary to undertake professional activities of coordination and management of the production of artistic and cultural activities. [+]

THIS PROGRAM 'TAUGHT IN ITALIAN Who should attend: The Master in Visual Arts is open to graduate students in arts, humanities and design with the title of academic or university education lasting at least three years (first level academic diploma / degree First Level) interested in the digital art world, of 'public art, the performing arts and interactive installations. Methodology and structure: The Master in Visual Arts for the Digital Age offers a path of experience, research and design, which combines a rich teaching of theoretical and technical stimuli with the practical and experiential contribution of partnerships with professionals that support the student in his training and experimentation with which they develop the three projects that constitute the fundamental part of the Master. In parallel, as a supplement to the experimental phase linked to the development of real projects, participants acquire basic knowledge with the teachings and contributions of technical and technological nature associated with cultural insights. The educational model includes: - traditional classroom teaching for the acquisition of cultural / methodological and interpersonal skills (communication, etc.) - laboratory and experimental educational project, with strong involvement of the student, through individual or group work (projects , workshops, tutorials, case studies, use of simulative techniques, etc.) accompanied by top designers, expression of industry excellence and / or territorial. - Curricular internship will take place at consistent studies or companies with the aims of the master or "campus" with professional simulation project and will last approximately two months. The Master in Visual Arts for the Digital Age forms a professional specialized in the use of multimedia languages ​​for the realization of projects in digital art, public art, the performing arts and interactive installations. The professional will be able to combine technical skills related to video, sound, motion graphics, 3D animation and interaction design and humanities knowledge ranging from cinema, art, music, up to sociological disciplines and new communication trends; know the language and techniques of multimedia arts and cross-media, you will be able to analyze and interpret trends in the visual arts and communication, to prefigure scenarios and visions on future developments in the arts and communication design strategies experimental in line with the new media landscape and the communication codes. [-]

Master in Visual and Web Design

Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD
Campus Full time October 2017 Italy Milan

The Master in Visual and Web Design provides overall competence in both Visual Design and Web Design. [+]

-- One year Master's course


-- Starting date: October 20th 2014


-- Academic training + internship

 

The Master in Visual and Web Design provides overall competence in both Visual Design and Web Design. 

It is intended for students who are interested in two masters of the same area, to provide them with the possibility to attend a Master course with a double specialization.

This kind of course foresees a higher number of lessons per week and a strong commitment during project works, but it’s also an interesting chance to specialize in two different subjects.

Duration


The Visual and Web Design Master's course lasts for one year (from October to December, with a summer break in August).There will be a minimum of 30 hours of lessons per week. Attendance is compulsory and full time.... [-]