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You and your family are entitled to an affordable education. Academy of Art University offers creative, flexible and career-focused classes for service members and their spouses.

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Professional Faculty


We believe the best teachers are actual working creatives. Our faculty is comprised of professional artists and designers who offer valuable insight into industry trends.

Academics and Careers

Acting
acting
Advertising
advertising
Animation & Visual Effects
animation
Architecture
architecture
Art Education
Art Education
Art History
Art History
Automotive Restoration
Art History
Fashion
Fashion
Fine Art
Fine Art
Game Development
Game Development
Game Programming
Game Development
Graphic Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
Illustration
Industrial Design
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture & Design
Interior Architecture & Design
Jewelry & Metal Arts
Jewelry & Metal Arts
Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Motion Pictures & Television
Motion Pictures & Television
Multimedia Communications
Multimedia Communications
Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media
Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media
Photography
Photography
Visual Development
Visual Development
Web Design & New Media
Web Design & New Media
Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media
Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

Game Programming

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Students will develop strong problem-solving skills, learn to write efficient code, and collaborate with artists and designers to provided optimized solutions for game design. The BS in Game Programming curriculum emphasizes the data structures, algorithms, and software architecture techniques used by the industry to create cutting edge games.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

The Game Programming BS curriculum integrates the engineering and programming techniques used in game creation. With an emphasis on math and objective-oriented programming through the use of complex algorithms, students will develop strong problem-solving skills, learn to write efficient code, and collaborate with artists and designers to provide optimized solutions for game design.

Career Options

  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Systems Programmer
  • AI Programmer
  • Tools Programmer

Acting

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Academy of Art University's School of Acting is rooted in developing craft, individual process, and truthful storytelling. By training well-rounded actors, we offer a unique professional environment in classes taught by working professionals. From stage to camera, voiceovers to commercials, The School of Acting is much more than a school—it’s your opportunity to bring your passion to life.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Academy of Art University’s BFA Acting program is a comprehensive and diverse curriculum that provides a strong foundation in performance fundamentals, including acting technique, acting for camera, improvisation, singing, and speech. Courses in audition technique, stage production, musical theatre, and stage combat help prepare our graduating students to enter the professional world.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Study acting, improvisation, singing, and other fundamental components of performing in the Academy of Art University’s AA Acting program. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a seamless transition into our BFA Acting program.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

MA Acting Unit Requirements

Major 30 units
Major Electives 3 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units
TOTAL 36 units

MA Acting Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

Academy of Art University’s MFA Acting program blends a conservatory approach with a contemporary eye towards the demands of the professional world. Beginning with a rigorous immersion in the Meisner Technique, students are trained in voice, speech, body, script analysis, audition technique, and camera. Taught by an esteemed faculty of working professionals and equipped with a polished demo reel and a unique resume, graduates leave the university fully prepared to embrace the unlimited possibilities of the working actor.

Career Options

Principal Actor

As a principal actor for feature films, television, commercials, and industrials, you’ll bring characters to life through technique, emotion, and presence. Use physicality, reaction, reflex, and listening skills to engage audiences and fully embody any character.

Job Duties:

  • Deliver dynamic and truthful performances
  • Memorization of full scripts

Job Skills:

  • Clear enunciation
  • Voice projection and breath support

Narrator/Spokesman

As an on-camera narrator or spokesman, you’ll give context and life to commercials and industrials. Bring your unique presence and ability for delivering impactful and engaging messages to the commercial world with this exciting career.

Job Duties:

  • Deliver dynamic and truthful performances

Job Skills:

  • Professional appearance
  • Memorization of full scripts
  • Ability to work off teleprompter

Stunt Performer

As a stunt performer, you’ll bring excitement and tension to the screen with combat and implausible physicality. Learn about safety, weapons training, and certification with the Academy of Art University’s diverse and experienced faculty.

Job Duties:

  • Safely perform stunts

Job Skills:

  • Stage combat
  • Weapons training

Voiceover Artist

As a voiceover artist, you’ll apply your acting skills to animation, video games, commercials, narration, radio, TV and character work. Find your vocal signature, learn accents, and bring characters to life.

Job Duties:

  • Read copy with intention and honesty
  • Perform multiple takes with variety

Job Skills:

  • Enunciation
  • Projection and breath support

Theatre Actor

Connect your craft to performance and become a theatre actor, singer, or dancer. You’ll use technical proficiency, script analysis, and character research to deliver engaging and emotional performances for live audiences.

Job Duties:

  • Communicate character will your full body

Job Skills:

  • Script analysis
  • Character research
  • Monologues

Performer for Interactive Media

As a performer for interactive media, you’ll learn to use physicality and performance techniques to engage a digital audience across the globe. Acting in web series or commercials, you’ll learn to bring characters to life in cutting edge interactive media.

Job Duties:

  • Deliver dynamic and truthful performances
  • Memorization of full scripts

Job Skills:

  • Clear enunciation
  • Voice projection and breath support

Advertising

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School of Advertising alumnus, Jason Sperling, led the creative team at Media Arts Lab that created the iconic "Mac vs. PC" ad campaign, which won numerous industry awards, including Adweek's "Campaign of the Decade" and a Cannes Gold Lion.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Develop the artistic and technical skills you need to enjoy a career in advertising as an art director, copywriter, or creative strategist. Work independently and collaboratively to create a dynamic portfolio.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Studio Production for Advertising & Design

The Associate of Arts degree in Studio Production for Advertising & Design provides students the skills needed to perform the role of Production Artist in the studio production environment of advertising and design. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students acquire the essential competencies, and develop a common body of knowledge and skills in studio work.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Advertising. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Advertising. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

Drawing on your life experiences, coupled with the artistic and technical skills you gain, you’ll be prepared for a career as an art director, copywriter, or creative strategist. A mastery of advanced advertising principles and concepts are brought to life by working independently and collaboratively on your unique portfolio.

Career Options

Art Director

If you love to come up with ideas and tell stories visually, you’ll enjoy working as an art director. You’ll learn to combine art with concepts that are interesting to people. Art directors work with copywriters to produce compelling communication for print, radio, TV, web, social media and branded content.

Job Duties:

  • Create visual elements across mediums
  • Apply strategy, concept, and visual communication
  • Collaborate with copywriters

Job Skills:

  • Develop multiple ideas from strategy
  • Conceptualize and execute messaging
  • Learn thoughtful uses of photography, typography, and graphics

Copywriter

If you love to come up with ideas and tell stories with words, you’ll enjoy working as a copywriter. You’ll learn to combine words with concepts that are interesting to people. Copywriters work with art directors to produce compelling communication for print, radio, TV, web, social media and branded content.

Job Duties:

  • Write elements in all mediums
  • Show technical ability with voice, tone, grammar, and vocabulary
  • Collaborate with art directors

Job Skills:

  • Develop multiple ideas from strategy
  • Conceptualize and execute clear messaging
  • Master techniques to support clear communication

Strategist

As an advertising strategist, you’ll learn to conduct research-focused projects and help make communication tools to inform and inspire the creative teams.

Job Duties:

  • Extract the right information and manage information flow
  • Manage and foster strong teams
  • Advise clients on strategy

Job Skills:

  • Synthesize research with knowledge, morals, and patterns to develop insights
  • Deliver the agency’s message and work in any setting

Production Artist

If you appreciate project diversity, and working with many people, you’ll enjoy working as a production artist. As part of the extended creative team, you’ll work closely with art directors and copywriters to execute physical and virtual designs and layouts for print, TV, web, social media and branded content.

Job Duties:

  • Complete technical builds and presentations
  • Extend and adapt concepts and designs
  • Proof for grammatical and style errors

Job Skills:

  • Retouch and edit photos
  • Resize ads for reproduction
  • Create assets to maintain a unified visual direction

Animation & Visual Effects

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School of Animation & Visual Effects alumnus, Diego Galtieri, won a visual effects Emmy for his work on NBC's Heroes.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The School of Animation & Visual Effects AA program offers students a strong introduction to the core principles of animation production. Course offerings include visual effects, 3D animation, 3D modeling, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Animation & Visual Effects. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Animation & Visual Effects. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them.

Career Options

3D Animator

A 3D animator is concerned with the movement in computer graphic imagery including characters, inanimate objects such as robots or cars, cameras for television, feature films, or games.

Job Duties:

  • Design graphics and animation
  • Make objects appear lifelike

Job Skills:

  • Receive direction and make changes
  • Deliver on schedule
  • Use logic to consider other solutions

2D Animator

A 2D animator is concerned with creating 2D images by either hand-drawing each frame or digitally manipulating flat media for games, television, the web, or feature films.

Job Duties:

  • Bring ideas and concepts to life
  • Create characters and storyboards for animation in a two-dimensional space

Job Skills:

  • Understand required computer programs
  • Receive direction and make changes
  • Ability to deliver on schedule

Character Animator

A character animator in traditional, 3D, or stop motion is concerned with the performance on screen. An understanding of timing, movement of humans and animals, and acting is essential to bringing characters to life.

Job Duties:

  • Using software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and puppetry, create and manipulate characters that use movement to tell a story

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Receive direction and make changes
  • Ability to deliver on schedule

Technical Director: Dynamics

A dynamics technical director uses particles and fluid simulation to create moving elements such as fire, water, and explosions. These elements might be combined with live action elements or used in a fully CG project.

Job Duties:

  • Create effects using CG software and make them interact with live action or CG elements
  • Create real-world physics for effects

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Full understanding of the CG process
  • Ability to deliver on schedule

Technical Director: Lighting and Rendering

The lighting technical director determines the look of a film using light and color to tell the viewer what to see and how to feel. Duties might include lighting a 3D scene, rendering the scene, and rough compositing.

Job Duties:

  • Ensure consistency in lighting, color, and mood
  • Emphasize drama and establish location
  • Create images that are easy to render

Job Skills:

  • Follow design reference
  • Understand composition and mood
  • Light characters and environments

Technical Director: Compositing

A compositor uses digital software to combine separately created elements into one image. They must have the ability to judge color, lens effects, film artifacts, atmospheric effects, scale, perspective, and parallax.

Job Duties:

  • Construct final image by combining layers of material
  • Maintain style and continuity
  • Make sure levels combine together seamlessly

Job Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of the CG process and compositing software
  • Methodical, thorough approach to work
  • Attention to detail

Modeler

Modelers digitally build objects, such as characters, animals, plants, buildings, and cars, for manipulation in a 3D environment. Models must be built so they can be moved, painted and lit properly for use in CG imagery.

Job Duties:

  • Create 3D models using software
  • Accurately translate the reference
  • Meet the designer/art director/client’s requirements

Job Skills:

  • Understand modeling with polygons or nurbs
  • Receive direction, address comments, and make changes
  • Ability to deliver on schedule

Storyboard Artist

The storyboard artist translates the printed word into cinematic images. They must be able to draw quickly with attention to draftsmanship and perspective, and they provide the first look at what the final film or video game might look like.

Job Duties:

  • Illustrate the narrative, plan shots, and draw panels
  • Revise work to reflect changes
  • Prepare storyboards for production

Job Skills:

  • Ability to tell a story and deliver on schedule
  • Understand layout, composition, and editing
  • Communication and presentation skills

Stop Motion Artist

With frame-by-frame manipulation, a stop motion artist uses poseable puppets to create a performance that might be used in television, film, or advertising.

Job Duties:

  • Produce filmed animation using puppets, props, and sets
  • Follow a storyboard and shot breakdown
  • Take direction

Job Skills:

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Receive direction, address comments, and make changes

Producer

The producer ensures the director’s creative vision is realized and is responsible for all aspects of production including financials and schedule, technological innovations, and administrative processes.

Job Duties:

  • Builds a strong crew of collaborators
  • Manages production process
  • Combines technical knowledge with style, experience, and instinct

Job Skills:

  • Be a motivator, ambassador, and decision maker
  • Help talent to do their best work
  • Think logically, proactively, and creatively

Architecture

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The School of Architecture is dedicated to advancing the art and practice of architecture by offering academic programs that foster critical thinking, artistic vision, and responsible leadership. Explore our Architecture School Daily blog.

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Degree

Offered as a first professional degree, the Bachelor of Architecture program provides an intense design education by developing each student's capacity to synthesize critical thought, artistic vision, and responsible leadership. With passionate professional faculty, diverse collaboration teams, emerging technologies and fabrication labs, and sensitivity to sustainable methods – together we will participate in shaping our physical world.

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) Degree

Grounded in environmental design, the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design (BA-ARH-D) degree provides a strong undergraduate education while allowing students to experience and gain skills in architectural art, architectural design, urban history and theory, fundamentals of sustainability, materials, building construction and structures, as well as advanced design representation tools. To study the world through the architectural lens is an opportunity to examine our culture through the spaces and buildings that we create.

Master of Architecture (M. Arch) Degree

The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. Through knowledgeable and practicing faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a desirable and viable future, and therefore actively contribute towards the evolution of society.

Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design (MA-ARH) Degree

The Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design (MA-ARH I and MA-ARH II) program allows students to specialize in a particular area of interest. Dedicated to advanced architectural design investigations immersed inside a large and vibrant art and design university, the program has an exceptional profile. Students develop their own interest covering diverse fields that mediate between contemporary architectural developments, design theory, and emerging technology. Through a curriculum lead by inspiring faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, possessing the skills to envision, design and construct a desirable and viable future, and therefore actively contribute towards the evolution of society and culture.

Career Options

Self-Employed Architect

Self employed architects typically organize and maintain their own professional practice in architectural design. Firm principals are typically sole practitioners, or run small offices of less than 10 people sometimes in partnership with other principals. Architects may choose to specialize in a specific market segment, or they may promote a specific skill set within a particular area of architecture. Firm principals are responsible for signing and stamping construction documentation sets, and must be licensed in the state in which a project is being built.

Job Duties:

  • Office ownership and management
  • Create and market your firm
  • Lead designer on projects

Job Skills:

  • Organize and run the office
  • Supervise projects
  • Demonstrate leadership in running own firm

Project Architect

Project architects are the team design leaders in medium to large architectural design firms. Working with other members of the architectural staff in a firm, you’ll coordinate and lead design decisions on projects. Depending upon the scope and complexity of a project, there may be a lead project architect, technical project architects, interior design architects, and other specialists. Project architects usually hold an architectural license in one or more states.

Job Duties:

  • Make major project design decisions
  • Coordinate consultant activities
  • Work with client and contractor on design delivery
  • Coordinate and compile construction documentation

Job Skills:

  • Demonstrate design leadership
  • Balance large and small details
  • Collaborate effectively with the design team
  • Demonstrate design and technical knowledge

City and Urban Planner

As an Architect you can be part of an urban or master planning design team that is responsible for environmental design decisions at the scale of a neighborhood, district, city, or region. Architects are necessary within larger planning groups to contribute their specific knowledge of building morphology to the contributions and effects of the built environment upon larger scale planning activities. Architects may hold dual degrees in architecture and planning, or they can be part of a planning group within the public or private sector.

Job Duties:

  • Define impact of urban and regional planning issues
  • Delineate urban form in specific architectural terms
  • Relate architectural design issues to city design
  • Write architectural components of environmental impact reports

Job Skills:

  • Define architectural issues in city planning
  • Abstract and delineate morphology in relation to city planning
  • Comprehensive graphic and writing skills

Sustainable Design Consultant

Specialize in sustainability-driven design projects such as net zero energy design, active and passive energy systems, experts in materials, assembly, life-cycle costing, developing world economics and growth, or sustainable healthcare specialists. Work within a design project team or become an independent consulting practice serving a wide range of private and institutional clients.

Job Duties:

  • Work with design teams to integrate sustainable design
  • Research new technologies and methods in sustainable practices
  • Contribute to or coordinate LEED design project delivery

Job Skills:

  • Work with and integrate knowledge towards project design
  • Articulate and promote sustainable practices in design

Design Consultant

As a graduate from an architectural school, you will have a broad range of design skills that may be used in a wide range of design activities outside of architectural practice, ranging from building envelope design, historical preservation, industrial design, furniture design, color, branding, business and product consulting, among other possibilities. These design consultants may work within a larger non-architectural design organization, or they may act as specialized consultants for design firms.

Job Duties:

  • Apply design skills towards design and non-design practices
  • Be an expert team member in a design project

Job Skills:

  • Abstract design thinking
  • Interpolate and generalize data into comprehensible patterns
  • Work with both architectural and non-architectural design teams
  • Extrapolate design aspects of non-conventional problems

Art Education

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Become an art educator and inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Art Education’s philosophy is that every educator should be skilled in and passionate about what they teach. Our students develop a broad range of their own visual art skills as well as a deep understanding of pedagogy – the art and science of teaching. Our graduates bring artistry to their classrooms that inspires and teaching abilities that succeed.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree

  • Prepares students to become successful Art teachers in a K-12 classroom in the United States
  • Program meets requirements of both National and California Art Education Standards
  • One semester Student Teaching mentored by a master teacher in a Bay Area Public School
  • After completion of all coursework and student teaching requirements and passing all four California Teacher Performance Assessments tests (CALTPAs); students are recommended for a California K-12 Art teaching credential
  • Capstone project – Advocate!

Students create a dynamic arts advocacy presentation to educate the public as to the importance of Arts Education for the 21st century creative economy.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

  • Grow as both an Artist and an Educator
  • Study and explore Arts Education Programs in schools, communities, and museum settings
  • Global perspective lens
  • Adapt program ideas/lessons to any demographic (not just K-12)
  • Capstone Project – Innovate!
  • Students envision-create-implement-document their own vision of an Art Education program

The School of Art Education recognizes that students interested in pursuing graduate work and art education careers have various backgrounds, interests, and goals; therefore, the School offers two options for the MA degree.

Career Options

Museum Educator

Inspire the next generation of artists as a museum educator. You’ll lead hands-on tours and activities for a range of audiences, as well as contribute to the educational growth of your community.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and lead tours in a museum setting
  • Lead visual art activities for children and families
  • Collaborate across museum departments

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of inquiry-based, object-centered interpretive methods
  • Knowledge of art history
  • Knowledge of curriculum and program development

Community Arts Leader

As an arts leader in community settings you’ll plan, organize, and implement programs as well as activities for a wide range of audiences and settings. Help bring the arts to communities around the world or in your backyard and bring the joy of arts to everyone.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and implement programming and activities
  • Generate reporting
  • Relate and support diverse audiences

Job Skills:

  • Talent for working with youth
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Excellent communication skills

Art Teacher

As an art teacher in a private, public, or charter school, you’ll help inspire the artists of tomorrow directly in the classroom. You’ll prepare and implement lesson plans, address various learning styles and needs, and analyze qualitative and quantitative student data.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare and implement lesson plans
  • Address various learning styles
  • Implement subject-specific frameworks and standards

Job Skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge of subject matter and standards
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Instructor

As an art education instructor at a university, you’ll contribute to the higher education of tomorrow’s artists. Explore complex subjects, lead class discussions, and encourage critical thinking as you guide students through various subjects.

Job Duties:

  • Teach courses in chosen subjects
  • Understand current issues and technologies
  • Guide the curriculum to keep it current

Job Skills:

  • Work with linguistically and culturally diverse audiences
  • Develop curriculum appropriate to different groups
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Teaching Artist

As a teaching artist, you’ll instruct artists of the future in a variety of settings. You’ll develop curriculum and syllabi with Program Directors, coordinators, as well as lead teachers and establish lines of communication with students and their families.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare and implement lesson plans
  • Develop curriculum and syllabi
  • Establish communication with communities

Job Skills:

  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Flexibility and adaptivity
  • Knowledge of subject matter and standards

Art History

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Learn to analyze and discuss art and artistic methods at Academy of Art University’s School of Art History. Here you will understand form and expression in our fine art studios, while gaining a deep and rich knowledge of history and cultural context in the art history classroom. Turn your passion for art history into a career.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Art History's BFA program blends academic inquiry and practice with one of the most extensive studio art and design programs in the world. Merging the classical tradition of studying western art with the skills and practice of a fine art education, our students gain the unique perspective and ability to discuss broad themes around history's most enduring and inspiring works of art.

Courses

  • Foundations in Art Education
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Instruction & Assessment of Academic Literacy
  • Integrating Technology in the Art Classroom
  • Teaching Methods & Curriculum Development
  • Theories & Methods for English Language Learners
  • Theories & Methods for Exceptional and Special Learners
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Assessment Preparation

Career Options

Researcher

As an art researcher, you'll work in a publishing house, museum, gallery, or institution studying and compiling information on a specific subject to be used in publications, presentations, or exhibitions.

Job Duties:

  • Develop subject matter expertise to write materials
  • Provide contextual analysis to exhibitions or catalogs
  • Create presentations for museum and gallery guests

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Corporate Consultant

As a corporate art consultant, you'll work with private corporations as an art buyer, assessor, and art investor to assess potential additions to the collection. Understanding works of art as both a financial investment and as part of a growing collection, you'll help create a portfolio of art that speaks to a specific message.

Job Duties:

  • Establish a portfolio of pieces
  • Search for and acquire works of art
  • Understand the global art investment market and develop connections with dealers and collectors

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Appraiser

Work in an auction house appraising a variety of art pieces, and help collectors and galleries grow their collection as an art appraiser. With your knowledge of historical and artistic significance, you’ll set the pace for the art world and its value in the cultural landscape.

Job Duties:

  • Determine authenticity of works of art
  • Determine the financial and historical value of art
  • Understand the market and recognize correct timing for sales

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Instructor

As an art history teacher, you'll teach a variety of topics including everything from survey courses to focused seminars at the high school or university level.

Job Duties:

  • Teach lower and upper division classes
  • Advise students on assignments
  • Present research to the industry

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Writer/Reviewer

As an art writer/reviewer, you'll work in a publishing house reading and reviewing art-related materials. Working in teams, you'll fact check, revise, and edit everything from articles to books.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare written work for publication
  • Review written work and check for errors
  • Provide additional research

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Curator

As a museum or gallery curator, you'll work as the content specialist in charge of the institution's collection. Interpret the material, organize its exhibition, and provide historical context through materials, catalogs, and labels.

Job Duties:

  • Establish collections of art for exhibitions
  • Develop catalogs and contextual materials
  • Speak about the impact of collections on the market

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Fashion

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School of Fashion alumna, Cristina Palomo Nelson, (Fashion, '10) is the co-founder of the shoe label Freda Salvadore.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Fashion’s BFA program offers two types of degrees: Fashion and Fashion Styling. Students in the BFA Fashion program may choose an emphasis in fashion design, textile design, knitwear design, merchandising, or visual merchandising. Coursework combines excellence in design, artistic vision, and innovative technology to provide students with the skills necessary to fully realize their creative visions.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Fashion Journalism

In addition to emphasizing the principles and practice of the written journalistic form, the BA Fashion Journalism program offers coursework in fashion design to afford journalism students a broader appreciation of the craft.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Fashion’s AA program offers three types of degrees: Fashion, Fashion Journalism, and Fashion Styling. Course offerings include fashion design, menswear, costume design, textiles, knitwear, fashion journalism, merchandising, visual merchandising, styling, fashion marketing, product development and much more.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Fashion. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Fashion. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. Graduate candidates are guided through a Directed Study which culminates in the production of a fashion collection and portfolio, or merchandising project.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

The MA Fashion Journalism program is designed to give students advanced training in the mastery of journalism for print, web, and other platforms. The 42-unit program concludes with a final thesis project and students will graduate with a robust portfolio of writing samples reflective of the voice and perspective they are ready to bring into this exciting industry.

Career Options

Design Director

Oversee trends, color, and fabric direction for upcoming seasons across all product lines as a design director for a fashion label. Manage design teams, oversee manufacturing and marketing, and set the direction for a brand voice.

Job Duties:

  • Produce trend directions
  • Build color and fabric stories
  • Oversee production

Job Skills:

  • Trend analysis
  • Market analysis
  • Anticipate market tastes

Textile Designer

Research, draw, and design prints for seasonal fashion with both hand-drawing and computer skills as a textile designer. Create and inspire the next wave of textiles including engineered and repeat pattern prints.

Job Duties:

  • Find inspiration for prints
  • Participate in drawing, painting, and design development
  • Oversee production of designs

Job Skills:

  • Traditional and computer design skills
  • Knowledge of dyeing and screen-printing fabric
  • Proficiency with repeat pattern prints

Technical Knitwear Designer

As a technical designer of knitwear, you’ll contribute to the technical design process from development to commercialization. You'll work closely with designers to maintain fit, silhouette, and design to preserve fit specifications and brand aesthetic.

Job Duties:

  • Create and maintain specification tech-packs
  • Manage and organize fittings
  • Coordinate design and production teams

Job Skills:

  • Understand technical aspects of knitwear design, construction, and fit
  • Communication skills
  • Proficiency with Web PDM software

Fashion Director

As a fashion director, you’ll navigate between market trends, marketing and branding, and the retail experience. You’ll craft a strategy, attend seasonal shows, and guide the company to profitability and improved brand equity.

Job Duties:

  • Strategize fashion messaging
  • Manage the buying team
  • Understand market trends in key categories to craft strategies

Job Skills:

  • Trend development and forecasting
  • Color and design expertise
  • Strong communication skills

Visual Merchandising Director

As a visual merchandising director, you’ll help promote the image, products, and services of retail and wholesale businesses. You’ll create eye-catching displays using visual and graphic elements, and organize brand-related special events.

Job Duties:

  • Oversee concept and presentation of ideas
  • Oversee production of designs and concepts
  • Manage and direct budgets

Job Skills:

  • High level of creativity
  • Color and design expertise
  • Budget management

Fashion Editor

Supervise the process of creating, developing, and presenting content for a fashion magazine as a fashion editor. You’ll supervise teams, conceptualize and style photo shoots, curate photography, research trends, and choose items for publication.

Job Duties:

  • Conceptualize, art direct, and style fashion shoots
  • Choose looks to feature in trend reports
  • Lead teams across the publication

Job Skills:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledgeable about fashion, art, and photography
  • Ability to build relationships with partners

Executive Editor

Responsible for overseeing, planning, and directing all content, the executive editor is the voice of any fashion publication. You’ll develop budgets, manage staff and contractors, oversee quality, and innovate in the print and digital spaces.

Job Duties:

  • Generate story ideas and assign stories to writers
  • Edit print and website content
  • Oversee the workflow of the department

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work collaboratively across print, online, and social media
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

Patternmaker

Turn a designer’s vision into a finished garment as a patternmaker. You’ll break down garment designs into workable patterns, transfer them onto fabric, and create the design blueprints for manufacturing.

Job Duties:

  • Create initial flat patterns
  • Fit sewn first samples and oversee alterations
  • Advise production teams to maintain brand aesthetic

Job Skills:

  • Patternmaking, draping, fitting, and construction
  • Ability to interpret sketches
  • Knowledge of fabrics, terminology, and components

Stylist

As a fashion stylist, you’ll provide on-set art direction for editorial and catalog fashion shoots and support merchandising strategy with brand and theme-based shoots.

Job Duties:

  • Conceptualize and style looks
  • Collaborate on concepts
  • Coordinate between merchandising, marketing, and creative departments

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of contemporary and designer brands
  • Ability to produce photo shoots
  • Keen eye for styling on-location and in-studio

Fine Art

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Join Academy of Art University’s globally acclaimed School of Fine Art to tap your true potential as a painter, sculptor, or printmaker. Explore your creativity. Define your vision. Share your talent with the world.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA program teaches students the creative and technical skills needed to thrive as career artists. Advanced instruction is offered in non-figurative and figurative fine art, including painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Our Sculpture department has one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in North America, and our state-of-the-art printmaking facilities merge traditional tools with cutting edge technology.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The AA program offers a strong introduction to the core principles of creating fine art. Students choose an area of emphasis from drawing and painting, printmaking, or sculpture. The Associate of Arts degree can be used as a stepping stone to the BFA program.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Fine Art. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Fine Art. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The Master of Fine Art program provides students a framework for advanced study in drawing and painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students are focused on technical and conceptual development in figurative, abstract or landscape work. The School of Fine Art provides graduate students with studio space, exhibition galleries, and world class facilities.

Career Options

Researcher

As a museum or gallery curator, you’ll work as the content specialist in charge of the institution’s collection. Interpret the material, organize its exhibition, and provide historical context through materials, catalogs, and labels.

Job Duties:

  • Establish collections of art for exhibitions
  • Develop catalogs and contextual materials
  • Speak about the impact of collections on the market

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of art history
  • Familiarity with trends and market values
  • Knowledge of emerging and traditional mediums

Gallery Artist

Express yourself and contribute to the discourse of culture as a gallery artist. You’ll create, show, and sell your work in commercial galleries, museums and express a unique point of view.

Job Duties:

  • Create artwork for galleries
  • Maintain a consistent studio practice
  • Coordinate framing, pricing, shipping, and sale of work

Job Skills:

  • Maintain a cohesive body of work
  • Maintain a unique point of view
  • Appeal to art collectors

Professor

Inspire the next generation of artists as a university art professor. You’ll teach students historical, aesthetic, and technical details of developing their unique voice, and help them inspire and engage with the art community.

Job Duties:

  • Teach and demonstrate concepts
  • Develop curriculum
  • Grade and critique student work

Job Skills:

  • Dedicated knowledge of a chosen field
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Excellent written and oral communication

Master Printer

Print editions as a master printer at a fine arts press or print house. You'll oversee the production and execution of fine art editions and collaborate with artists, printers, and publishers.

Job Duties:

  • Print editions for a publisher
  • Oversee production quality
  • Work with multiple teams to achieve the best output

Job Skills:

  • Technical editioning skills
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Written, technical, and oral communication skills

Commission Artist

Create custom art for clients and collectors as a commission artist. You’ll interpret your clients’ direction into one-of-a-kind works of art, and express yourself in a highly marketable way.

Job Duties:

  • Interpret client direction into custom artwork
  • Work with interior designers to develop custom art solutions
  • Maintain a unique and marketable artistic point of view

Job Skills:

  • Display work for commission potential
  • Listening and understanding of client needs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Gallery Owner

As a museum or gallery curator, you'll work as the content specialist in charge of the institution's collection. Interpret the material, organize its exhibition, and provide historical context through materials, catalogs, and labels.

Job Duties:

  • Establish collections of art for exhibitions
  • Develop catalogs and contextual materials
  • Speak about the impact of collections on the market

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Familiarity presenting art and making it accessible
  • Strong reading, writing, and research skills

Muralist

Show your talent off on a large scale as a professional muralist. You’ll work with clients to interpret their direction, budget supplies and materials, and execute a work of art that satisfies everyone’s goals.

Job Duties:

  • Execute on-site and installation murals
  • Financial budgeting for materials and supplies
  • Adhere to project timelines and milestones

Job Skills:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interpret and execute a brief
  • Technical expertise in the chosen mediums

Game Development

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The School of Game Development provides students with the array of skills required in this exciting industry. Whether pursuing a career as a game designer, game programmer, 3D modeler, concept artist, or UI/UX designer, you will get hands-on experience creating a professional-quality art and game design or programming portfolio, as well as opportunities to collaborate with other students to produce fun and memorable video games.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The Game Development BFA gives a well-rounded education in the arts with an emphasis on understanding and applying techniques including 3D modeling, animation and lighting in video game production. Students graduate with a solid grasp of the fundamental game art principles, including knowledge of game engine technology and pre-production and production environments.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

The Game Programming BS curriculum integrates the engineering and programming techniques used in game creation. With an emphasis on math and objective-oriented programming through the use of complex algorithms, students will develop strong problem-solving skills, learn to write efficient code, and collaborate with artists and designers to provide optimized solutions for game design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The Associate of Arts degree provides Game Development students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of game construction and game engine technology. Once earned, the Associate’s degree can also be used as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as it provides a foundation for advanced game development coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA Game Development program allows students to further their careers by synthesizing traditional art and design fundamentals with today’s groundbreaking technologies. Students level up their skill through hands-on prototyping of game mechanics and art creation, followed by creating a thesis project and an industry-quality portfolio.

Career Options

Game Designer

As a game designer, you’ll balance gameplay elements and in-game economy to keep games engaging. You will also improve systems, contribute to features, as well as participate in testing to create immersive worlds and evoke emotions.

Job Duties:

  • Create design-centric level layouts
  • Create game scripting
  • Assist various teams to polish gameplay

Job Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Understanding of gameplay balancing
  • Collaborative and positive attitude

Corporate Consultant

As a user interface/user experience designer, you’ll create the interfaces and mechanisms for a user to directly interact with a game. Use your knowledge of game features, design, motion graphics, and user paths to create an immersive experience.

Job Duties:

  • Produce sketches, flow charts, mind maps, and prototypes
  • Work with production teams to smoothly hand-off deliverables
  • Optimize interfaces for efficient delivery of information

Job Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Understanding of user methodologies and developing use cases
  • Strong design and human-computer-interaction sensitivity

Character Concept Artist

Design and create characters for interactive games as a character concept artist. Working with art directors and designers, you’ll imagine the visual look of interactive characters with contextual details to bring them to life.

Job Duties:

  • Create and concept original character designs
  • Evolve designs through concept to production
  • Communicate ideas and thought visually

Job Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of anatomy
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Ability to present and critique objectively

Environment Concept Artist

As an environment concept artist for games, you’ll combine a playful imagination with a high degree of artistic skill. Concept and flush out all aspects of environmental design, from small props to full culture kits.

Job Duties:

  • Sculpt and model both high and low polygon characters

Job Skills:

  • Ability to portray a wide range of styles and moods
  • Ability to quickly sketch and ideate
  • Excellent communication skills

3D Character Modeler

Bring characters to life as a 3D character modeler. You’ll build complex character models, organic meshes, and work across teams to rig, light, texture, and animate your creations.

Job Duties:

  • Model and texture game-ready assets
  • Build and iterate organic meshes
  • Work with other teams to maintain a consistent story and vision

Job Skills:

  • Low and high polygon modeling skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

3D Environment Modeler

As a 3D environment modeler, you’ll help develop levels, architecture, vehicles, objects, textures and materials for gameplay. Work with other teams to bring the story to life and create immersive worlds for interactive media.

Job Duties:

  • Model and texture hard and organic environments and props
  • Create textures and materials
  • Work with other teams to maintain a consistent story and vision

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work from photo and concept reference
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A keen eye for technical and visual detail

Graphic Design

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Located at the intersection of art and commerce, our Graphic Design program integrates practice, theory, and inquiry, while refining and encouraging innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy and conceptual problem solving. Students learn to influence marketing strategies, raise awareness of critical issues, and facilitate cultural change.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Graphic Design’s BFA program guides students through the nuanced skill-development process required to achieve excellence in typography, print, packaging, branding, user experience, and motion graphics. The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized professionals who challenge their students to reach their personal creative potential.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The Graphic Design AA program provides students a core understanding of the fundamentals of design including the basics of design thinking, typography, layout, packaging, interactive, and branding. Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree are well equipped for a seamless transition into the Academy of Art University's BFA Graphic Design program.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Graphic Design. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Graphic Design. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

With its focused thesis development process, the School of Graphic Design’s MFA program emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation.

Career Options

Designer

An intensely collaborative role, a designer is critical to almost every organization. Tasked with maintaining brand consistency and voice across mediums, the designer’s role will vary by organization but will always be tasked with creating effective and elegant graphic solutions to a myriad of problems.

Job Duties:

  • Build design comps and prototypes
  • File prep and management
  • Collaborate with senior creatives

Job Skills:

  • Strong command of typography, aesthetics, layout, and imagery
  • Strong conceptual skills
  • Technical knowledge of the latest software and techniques

Visual Designer

As an visual designer, you’ll be responsible for the visual and emotional impact of a communications piece. Working with other teams, you’ll oversee the direction and emotional response of a project and enhance the brand’s voice.

Job Duties:

  • Build design comps and prototypes
  • File prep and management
  • Collaborate with senior creatives

Job Skills:

  • Strong command of typography, aesthetics, layout, and imagery
  • Understanding of use cases and user methodologies
  • Technical knowledge of the latest software and techniques

Interactive Designer

Working with visual designers, interactive designers are responsible for the structure and frameworks for design elements. Utilizing research, user testing, and brand voice, interactive designers establish groundwork for structural success.

Job Duties:

  • Build design comps and prototypes
  • Anticipate and map user flows and journeys
  • Collaborate with senior creatives

Job Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of technical tools and languages
  • Logical and brand-specific awareness of information architecture
  • Ability to design interactions to evoke emotions from the user

Senior Designer

As a senior designer, you’ll take a more active role in concepting, leading, and managing projects independently. Manage junior teams, establish a consistent visual language, and drive brand and experience values.

Job Duties:

  • Create and foster a high level of creativity in teams
  • Vendor management
  • Team leadership

Job Skills:

  • Manage junior teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A high level of sensitivity to design trends and communication models

Creative Director

As a creative director, you’ll guide and direct junior teams to set a high bar for creativity within your organization. You’ll be responsible for setting a high-level vision for projects, and managing teams to achieve brand and client success.

Job Duties:

  • Establish high-level creative direction
  • Manage teams to achieve sophisticated work
  • Client management

Job Skills:

  • Narrative development
  • High-level strategic thinking
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Strategist

Working closely with clients to develop brand strategies and business futures, a brand manager/strategist is usually a senior level creative in large organizations. Set the tone and direction for creative work with insights, brand management, and trend analysis.

Job Duties:

  • Manage design teams
  • Establish brand strategies
  • Guide teams to achieve strategically sound creative work

Job Skills:

  • Ability to combine research and trends into a unique strategic direction
  • Research and analytics skills
  • Ability to identify new products, businesses, service ecologies, and experiences

Illustration

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You’ve been drawing your entire life and you like to tell stories in pictures. Are you ready to go pro? Learn the skills to pursue a career as a graphic novelist or comic book artist, storyboard artist, concept artist, interactive illustrator, children’s book illustrator, editorial or advertising illustrator or any number of positions that require the boundless imagination and skills of an illustrator.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Illustration's BFA program embraces the art of visual and conceptual storytelling in any medium. Students develop the skills necessary to transform themselves into skilled, distinctive, professional illustrators able meet the marketplace’s growing need for artists trained in visual problem solving in both traditional and digital media. Exciting career paths await in comics and graphic novels, children's books, advertising, editorial illustration, and interactive illustration.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Illustration's AA program emphasizes the fundamentals of illustration and offers a balanced approach to classical and digital illustration techniques and ideation skills. Foundational illustration courses focus on figure drawing, anatomy, rendering, and traditional media including charcoal and paint. Digital media courses focus on imagery using both vector and bitmap tools.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Illustration. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Illustration. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The School of Illustration's MFA program provides advanced study in the illustrative arts with an emphasis on personal style using the most appropriate tools. Art skills and the development of oral, written, and visual presentation skills play a daily role throughout the program. Students graduate with a vibrant portfolio and are well equipped to perform at a high level as they embark on professional careers as illustrators.

Career Options

Freelance Illustrator

Illustrators solve visual problems and tell stories in formats that range from infographics to comic books. You can make 3D visualizations, book covers, posters, cards, graphic novels, collectibles, and more, and are responsible for managing and maintaining their own business.

Job Duties:

  • Create a successful illustration based on a brief
  • Manage budgets and schedules as needed

Job Skills:

  • Time management
  • Flexibility in style
  • Excellent communication skills

Concept Artist

Create preproduction art from rough ideation to model packets as a concept artist. You’ll create environments, character designs, and concepts for games or films, and work with a variety of teams to create new worlds and stories.

Job Duties:

  • Create and refine concept art
  • Stay up to date on trends and cultural sensitivities
  • Create production-ready art

Job Skills:

  • Ability to draw and paint in software
  • Ability to iterate based on research and feedback
  • Excellent communication skills

Children’s Book Illustrator

With the vibrant children’s book market, you’ll be able to create illustrations for a wide range of audiences and story styles as a children’s book illustrator. With an emphasis on storytelling, a diversity in approaches and styles make this a flexible and exciting career path.

Job Duties:

  • Create illustrations with a consistent style
  • Provide layouts with text
  • Create book dummies and finished art in appropriate formats

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility in style and mood

Book Cover Artist

Create narrative art for book covers as a book cover artist. You’ll conceptualize and execute eye-catching imagery for cover layouts, and communicate story notes in a single image.

Job Duties:

  • Distill concepts and ideas into visual metaphors
  • Conceptualize and execute final production art
  • Design illustrations around type and format issues

Job Skills:

  • Strong conceptual skills
  • Cultural and market trend analysis
  • Ability to illustrate in a wide range of styles

Comics Artist

Create and sell your own stories as a comics artist. Layout artists draw pages for comics, inkers create line art for comics, colorists and lettering artists fill them in, and writers provide the story framework.

Job Duties:

  • Tell stories effectively in graphic novels
  • Iterate quickly with feedback from teams

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and iterate with others

Storyboard Artist

As a storyboard artist, you’ll break down and draw shots for commercials, film, games, cartoons, and more. Set the tempo and timing of key shots to interpret the director’s vision under tight deadlines.

Job Duties:

  • Create and iterate storyboards
  • Interpret camera and script directions visually
  • Interpret cinematic directions

Job Skills:

  • Strong storytelling ability
  • Staging, composition, and mechanical skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Interactive Illustrator

In the emerging market of interaction design, the interactive illustrator creates art for inclusion in digital mediums such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. Understand and influence user behavior with a strong illustrative style and give life to interactive experiences.

Job Duties:

  • Create production-ready digital illustrations
  • Oversee animation and interaction of illustrations
  • Influence behavior with stylistic and metaphorical cues

Job Skills:

  • Ability to visualize movement and interaction
  • Consistency of style across audio and visual mediums

Reportage

As a reportage illustrator, you’ll be tasked with documenting moments for TV, the Internet, sketchbooks and specialty publications. Courtroom, combat, and corporate presentation artists must work efficiently and accurately to define a moment in time.

Job Duties:

  • Create illustrations quickly based on a brief
  • Observe and translate situations

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills

Medical/Scientific Illustrator

Create the illusion of being inside a heart, sitting in an ancient temple, or explaining disease vectors as a medical or scientific illustrator. Combining meticulous research and execution skills with artistic vision, you’ll distill complex concepts into simple and beautiful illustrations.

Job Duties:

  • Research and analyze chosen subject material
  • Create and iterate based on expert feedback
  • Visualize and explain abstract concepts

Job Skills:

  • Research and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Industrial Design

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Students from the School of Industrial Design created a user interface for NASA so astronauts in space can remotely operate land-based robots.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Industrial Design's BFA program gives students the freedom to pursue their personal design visions within a structured and supportive academic environment. Led by a faculty of industry veterans, students are taught to approach their work with equal regard for aesthetic, business, and societal considerations.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Industrial Design's AA program affords students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of physical design. Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree are prepared for a seamless transition into the BFA program.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Industrial Design. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Industrial Design. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project.

Career Options

Junior Designer

Create initial designs for the senior design team as a junior designer. You’ll be responsible for concept mockups, study models, and sketches.

Job Duties:

  • Research design parameters
  • Generate concepts and mockups

Job Skills:

  • Sketching and rendering skills
  • Modeling ability
  • Presentation and communication skills

Clay Modeler

As a clay modeler in transportation design, you’ll develop clay models based on design direction and physical properties.

Job Duties:

  • Create visual elements across mediums
  • Iterate and refine clay models

Job Skills:

  • Surface development
  • Sketching and rendering skills
  • Shop machinery skills

Digital Modeler

As a digital modeler, you’ll create a digital 3D model based on design direction as a digital modeler. You’ll also take 2D and visual concepts and bring them to life in 3D software to help visualize the final transportation and product design piece.

Job Duties:

  • Develop digital 3D models
  • Stay up-to-date on current procedures and technologies

Job Skills:

  • Surface development with CAD software
  • Collaborative and communication skills

UX/UI Designer

As a user experience/user interface designer, you’ll develop scenario-based digital and physical user interaction design. Craft every touchpoint in a digital or physical product to ensure brand consistency and emotional appeal.

Job Duties:

  • Develop storyboards, information maps, user scenarios, and task analyses
  • Analyze testing data to iterate on user experience

Job Skills:

  • Wireframing, visual design, and information architecture skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Interior Architecture & Design

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School of Interior Architecture & Design alumna, Denise Cherry, was the principal designer of Facebook's award-winning corporate HQ remodeling project.

Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design (BFA) Degree

The School of Interior Architecture & Design's BFA curriculum integrates theory, design, and technology in tandem with the standards of the industry. Our students develop the requisite intellectual, artistic, and ethical abilities necessary for professional practice.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Interior Architecture & Design's AA program is designed to provide students with a foundation in design theory, technique, and technical skill in line with today's industry standards. Graduates of the program are equipped for a seamless transition into the school's BFA program.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Interior Architecture & Design. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Interior Architecture & Design. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program focuses on advanced techniques and theory of interior architecture and design. The curriculum—designed and taught by industry professionals—focuses on research, concept and design development, traditional and digital media, innovative ideas, and global issues.

Career Options

FF&E Designer

As a furniture, fixtures, and equipment designer, you’ll focus on color and material selections, specifications, and material sourcing. You’ll contribute to the chosen design concept in a supporting role.

Job Duties:

  • Develop furniture, pricing, and fixture plans
  • Coordinate with team members for presentations
  • Support implementation of designs

Job Skills:

  • Understanding of design concepts and planning codes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency with 3D computer design programs

BIM Designer

A building information management designer focuses on planning, programming, and generating documents such as plans, details, elevations and schedules to represent the design intent and ensure it’s carried through to construction.

Job Duties:

  • Support the design process
  • Collaborate to ensure fidelity of designs
  • Execute production drawings and specifications

Job Skills:

  • Affinity for details, standardization, and process
  • Strategic thinking with an eye for details

Project Designer

As a project designer, you’ll coordinate with both FF&E and BIM designers to ensure the design is feasible and up to industry standards. Collaborate and contribute to the creative process, and help bring the team's vision to life.

Job Duties:

  • Manage client, team, and project coordination
  • Develop space planning concepts
  • Oversee furniture systems and specifications

Job Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of system, specs, color, and materials
  • Outstanding graphic presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Job Captain

As a job captain, you’ll collaborate with project managers to develop solutions to problems and coordinate the design through the entire process. Work with fabricators, contractors, and regulatory agencies to bring the project to life on time.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate teams with plans, specifications, and material selections
  • Ensure accuracy of documents
  • Ensure project goals are met

Job Skills:

  • Flexibility of focus
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Visualization Specialist

A visualization specialist works with the design team to create representations of project development. You’ll use hand renderings, sketches, or 3D renderings to communicate design concepts in this creative field.

Job Duties:

  • Create accurate, realistic renderings
  • Analyze notes to determine best rendering type
  • Work both independently and with project teams

Job Skills:

  • Document initial design through construction
  • Generate presentations with hand rendering techniques
  • Proficiency with 3D software

Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Turn your love of wearable artwork into a profession. The Jewelry & Metal Arts program is designed to nurture your personal creative visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Collaborate with your peers from the Fashion department and learn to tell larger stories through integration.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts BFA program exposes students to an array of metal design principles and techniques. Curriculum covers sketching, imaging, soldering, stone-setting, welding vacuum casting, mixed-media, and more.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts AA program provides a strong introduction to the field of creative metal works. Coursework emphasizes technical theory and core metal design principles.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths.

Career Options

Digital Jewelry Designer

As a digital jewelry designer, you'll create unique and inspired designs using C&C machines, milling, 3D modeling, and laser cutting for use with modern jewelry production techniques.

Job Duties:

  • Design quickly and efficiently using digital techniques

Job Skills:

  • Best practices in production techniques

Jewelry Instructor

Teach students in the uses of technology for modern jewelry production techniques as a jewelry instructor. You will instruct the next generation of designers in the latest aesthetic and technical techniques used by industry leading jewelry designers.

Job Duties:

  • Develop curriculum for jewelry design
  •  Stay up to date on the latest industry trends

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with modern jewelry production
  • Excellent communication skills

Technical Designer

As a technical jewelry designer, you’ll assist the design team in creating drawings and digital files for use on the laser cutter. Plan, iterate, and create maquettes for rapid prototyping in this exciting career path.

Job Duties:

  • Assist the development of prototypes
  • Create technical digital files for production

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency with the latest prototyping hardware and software

3D Jewelry Designer

Create jewelry designs using software for 3D printing as a 3D jewelry designer. Realize designs using print wax and plastic models, and work with production teams to ensure manufacturing consistency in this dynamic career path.

Job Duties:

  • Create designs suitable for production
  • Oversee manufacturing and prototyping processes

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with current prototyping and manufacturing processes
  •  Excellent communication skills

Landscape Architecture

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Landscape Architecture is the perfect combination of art and science, urban and rural, living systems and sculptural form, historical precedent and innovative vision. It is the profession of the future.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Landscape Architecture BFA program focuses on the development of flexible design processes for landscape and urban design, an understanding of ecological systems, sustainable practices and use of materials, site planning, and advanced drafting and rendering techniques. By graduation, each student will have a portfolio that reflects his or her unique creative vision within this rapidly expanding and evolving profession.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

MA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 33 units
Major 15 units
Liberal Arts 18 units
TOTAL 66 units

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

MA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements

Major 36 units
TOTAL 36 units

MA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Landscape Architecture. Track I is available to students who have already obtained an undergraduate professional degree, such as a BLA or BArch. Coursework emphasizes theories of open urban spaces, collaborative and interdisciplinary methods of design and implementation, sustainability, and advanced digital rendering techniques. Track II is available to students with a BA or BS degree, who have limited or no experience with art and design. Coursework focuses on establishing the fundamentals of drafting, site engineering, planting design, ecological systems, site analysis and site design, and regional planning and analysis.

Career Options

Freelance Illustrator

As a landscape architect, you’ll analyze, plan, design, and implement natural as well as built environments of all scales. Design and plan the restoration of disturbed natural places and systems such as stream corridors, wetlands, forested areas, and mines.

Job Duties:

  • Lead teams in the design of parks, plazas, water fronts, etc.
  • Manage the project with client and community considerations
  • Site analysis, conceptual and schematic design
  • Validate and confirm construction adheres to public safety and welfare

Job Skills:

  • Lead and manage teams
  • Manage budget and timelines
  • Build consensus among all parties involved

Landscape Designer

Working with the landscape architect, the designer helps with planning, design, management, and stewardship of natural and built environments

Job Duties:

  • Prepare design alternatives, material selections, and graphic presentations
  • Site analysis, conceptual and schematic design
  • Hand-drawn and digital renderings

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with ADA/Landscape Architectural Code
  • Knowledge of appropriate plant materials adhering to client and environmental needs
  • Understanding of topography, contours, and impacts of water designs

Garden Designer

As a garden designer, you’ll be responsible for planting, irrigation, and some hardscape design for residences and estates. Work with other designers and staff to create a holistic vision of urban spaces in this exciting career.

Job Duties:

  • Material and plant selection
  • Planting design
  • Hand-drawn and digital rendering

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of appropriate plant materials adhering to client and environmental needs
  • Proficiency with ADA/Landscape Architectural Code
  • Strong presentation and communication skills

Urban Designer

Responsible for the design or redesign of existing urban spaces, the urban designer crafts unique and usable spaces for the public. Revitalize existing amenities, or create new physical connections in this unique and inspiring career path.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare written reports on site impact
  • Manage client, community, and civic relations
  • Site analysis, conceptual design, and construction documentation

Job Skills:

  • Understanding of ADA compliance and standards
  • Understanding of zoning codes and land use rights
  • Excellent communication skills

Master Planner

Abstract an idea into spatial forms as a master planner. You’ll envision and design large-scale communities and lead the design process from conception to final construction.

Job Duties:

  • Analyze and research to confirm design decisions
  • Craft designs to meet client and civic needs
  • Manage client and community relations

Job Skills:

  • Conceptual design skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Research and analysis to inform design decisions

Environmental Planner

As a regional and environmental planner, you’ll be responsible for land use analysis, planning, zoning, and infrastructure as well as the analysis, design, and restoration of ecological systems. Help improve our parks and recreation areas in this important and fulfilling career path.

Job Duties:

  • Land use, zoning, infrastructure, and policy writing
  • Manage political, public, and civic relations
  • Prepare environmental impact and ecological zoning policy reports

Job Skills:

  • Ability to explain the impact of a proposal to various communities
  • Clear verbal presentation skills
  • Excellent research and analysis skills

Urban Strategist

As an urban strategist, you’ll develop strategies to improve underutilized urban sites to improve social impact. Urban strategists are typically landscape architects, designers, or urban designers looking to create a behavioral and social impact in urban environments.

Job Duties:

  • Design and prototype new urban spaces
  • Manage community, political, and civis relations
  • Prepare written reports, and lead community workshops

Job Skills:

  • Construction/building experience
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Familiarity with ADA/Landscape Architectural

Planting Designer

Create planting designs based on site analysis, concept, and horticultural possibilities as a planting designer. You’ll use plants in a creative and sustainable way to design projects at various scales.

Job Duties:

  • Create, manage, and oversee planting design
  • Manage client and design team communications
  • Hand-drawn and digital rendering

Job Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of plant materials
  • Expertise in vegetation zones and water usage
  • Hand-drawn and digital

Landscape Renderer

Landscape renderers are responsible for the creation of drawings, plans, elevations, perspectives and axonometrics to communicate design intent and the spatial experience.

Job Duties:

  • Create plans, elevations, axonometrics in one point, two point, and aerial perspectives
  • Tell the story of the project based on the design vision
  • Hand-drawn and digital rendering

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of plant details relating to canopies, textures, heights, and colors
  • Sophisticated sketching and rendering skills
  • Ability to describe experiences using color and texture

Motion Pictures & Television

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School of Motion Pictures & Television alumnus, Chris Milk, has directed videos for Kanye West, U2, and Modest Mouse, among others.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's BFA program offers six areas of emphasis—cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design, and screenwriting. Each path is designed to equip students with specialized, employable skills and create the storytellers of tomorrow.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's AA program offers six areas of emphasis—cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design, and screenwriting. Each path is designed to provide students with solid fundamentals in their chosen field, as well as prepare them for a seamless transition into the BFA program

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Motion Pictures & Television. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Motion Pictures & Television. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's MFA program offers advanced, multifaceted study of the film arts. Areas of emphasis include story structure, cinematography, directing, editing, and various producing aspects. Students produce a reel of work that reflects their refined talent and professional readiness.

Career Options

Editor

Working with the editorial team, you’ll be responsible for creating the pulse of a number of broadcast pieces, including motion pictures, television series, and corporate and music videos.

Job Duties:

  • Transfer projects to tape for broadcast or convert for other media
  • Log footage with camera info
  • Edit under the director’s guidance

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with hardware and software tools
  • Efficiency in logging and organizing footage
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Art Director

Together with the production designer and assistant art director, the art director is responsible for consistency across a piece. The art director works with set design, construction, script, and production teams to execute the director’s vision.

Job Duties:

  • Maintain communication with production teams
  • Provide visual direction for the piece
  • Manage and assist art department teams

Job Skills:

  • Understanding of budgets and materials
  • Fluency with design and drafting software
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Production Office Coordinator

Supporting the complex tasks of producing a film, the production office coordinator works with department heads to ensure adherence to production and studio policies.

Job Duties:

  • Manage the day-to-day office operations
  • Plan and book travel
  • Manage human resources

Job Skills:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of standard industry paperwork

Production Assistant

As the glue that holds a production together, the production assistant completes any and all tasks that need to happen on a production team.

Job Duties:

  • Complete paperwork and make copies for the production team
  • Coordinate transportation and catering
  • Run errands

Job Skills:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong and professional work ethic
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Second Assistant Camera Person

The second assistant camera person supports the first assistant camera person on the production team. You’ll get your feet wet in the technical aspects of camera and gear management and help gather data for use by the production teams.

Job Duties:

  • Unload and pack gear
  • Operate the slate
  • Take camera reports

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Technical knowledge of camera systems

Script Reader

The script reader provides script coverage for production companies. You’ll be reading and analyzing scripts to provide recommendations on development opportunities, and providing valuable feedback to the production and creative teams.

Job Duties:

  • Read and analyze scripts for development opportunities
  • Provide feedback to teams

Job Skills:

  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Multimedia Communications

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A degree in Multimedia Communications opens the door to the future of media and entrepreneurship. Keep pace with an ever changing media landscape – from broadcast to streaming, from mobile to social. Multiplatform. Cutting edge. Hands-On. Start your career now.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree

The School of Multimedia Communications BA program provides a dynamic education of essential modern media skills including foundations in storytelling, broadcasting, journalism, and mobile platforms. Under the guidance of industry experts, students learn to shoot, edit, write, and host their own productions, and use the latest technologies to stream and broadcast them.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

The MA program provides advanced study for students pursuing careers in multimedia communications. Coursework focuses on short-form production, on-camera performance, multimedia writing, and journalism for broadcast as well as for streaming mobile devices, and entrepreneurship. Students graduate from the program with a comprehensive portfolio or reel that showcases their talents refined through a concentrated curriculum.

Career Options

Digital Content Producer

As a digital content producer, you’ll be the team leader in preparing and completing project action plans for a variety of media platforms.

Job Duties:

  • Develop creative story content
  • Integrate video, audio, and text into unique media platforms
  • Create and manage production teams

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of complete production process
  • Ability to deliver on time and on budget
  • Strong communication skills

Multimedia Journalist

Responsible for storytelling across broadcast and digital mediums, the multimedia journalist writes, produces, edits, and promotes stories with empathy and emotion.

Job Duties:

  • Create stories for multiple platforms
  • Record and edit content
  • Promote across social networks

Job Skills:

  • Proficient with the latest hardware and software tools
  • Shoot and edit videos and photography
  • Basic reporting and journalism skills

Host/Anchor

As an entertainment/sports host/anchor of scripted and ad-libbed storytelling, you’ll work both in-studio and on-location. Conduct interview, write copy, and help with the scripting and producing of programming in this exciting career path.

Job Duties:

  • Introduce and host programs
  • Present information in an engaging way
  • Conduct informative and insightful interviews

Job Skills:

  • Deliver a conversational presenting/interviewing style
  • Write and produce on-camera and recorded segments
  • Strong communication skills

Social Media Manager

As a social media manager, you’ll develop and implement social media marketing strategies that engage, excite, and promote a brand audience

Job Duties:

  • Be the voice of a product or organization
  • Create engaging content to share with your audience
  • Manage the brand message across platforms

Job Skills:

  • Strategic and technical understanding of new and emerging social platforms
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills

Video Producer/Editor

As a video producer/editor, you’ll assemble raw recorded material into a finished media story. Utilizing timing, compositing, and storytelling, you’ll be responsible for quality control and the execution of the director’s vision.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare the final version of the story
  • Select the best shots and sound bites from recorded material
  • Mix sound and create graphics and effects

Job Skills:

  • Ability to create innovative narratives
  • Skill at creating final mastering for distribution
  • Compositing, keyframing, title design, and visual effects

Radio/Podcast Personality

As an on-air and online presenter of audio content, the radio/podcast personality introduces and discusses topics like music, news, and sports.

Job Duties:

  • Present scripted or ad-libbed information
  • Conduct engaging and insightful interviews
  • Record content for syndication

Job Skills:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with studio environments and audio software
  • Strong interpersonal and conversational skills

Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

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Turn your appreciation of great music and sound into a brilliant career. Learn about harmony, orchestration, composition and scoring, as well as sound design, editing, and mixing techniques from industry professionals, and apply these skills in film and video game production. Join us today and take the first step toward this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA program provides specialized training across many interdisciplinary aspects of music and sound design. Curriculum focuses on advanced music and sound production techniques, creating sound for video games, music notation, and film score preparation.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The AA program provides a strong introduction to the fundamentals of music and sound design for visual media. Coursework emphasizes the basics of audio and music production, how to score for the screen, film music appreciation, and theory training. Graduates with an AA degree are well equipped to move into the more nuanced BFA program.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

MA Music Scoring & Composition Unit Requirements

Major 33 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units
TOTAL 36 units

MA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise.

Career Options

Composer

As a composer, you’ll write the musical score for film, games, or other visual media.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborate with the director to realize a score
  • Deciding on emotions and ambiance • Oversee recording/production of score

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with harmony, tempo, melody, tone, color, and orchestration
  • Ability to write for multiple genres and emotions
  • Ability to collaborate with directors and production teams

Orchestrator

The orchestrator translates a musical score from a composer and arranges it for the final set of instruments and players.

Job Duties:

  • Decide on the instrument list
  • Rewrite the music to best fit the emotional targets
  • Create and supervise the music notation

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with harmony, tempo, melody, tone, color, and orchestration
  • Ability to write for multiple genres and emotions
  • Ability to collaborate with directors and production teams

Music Editor

As a music editor, you’ll compile, edit, and syncing music during the production of the soundtrack.

Job Duties:

  • Create temp tracks of similar music
  • Manage and assist in the recording
  • Assist and oversee the final mix process

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with harmony, tempo, melody, tone, color, and orchestration
  • Ability to write for multiple genres and emotions
  • Ability to collaborate with directors and production teams

Music Supervisor

In the film and visual media industries, the musical supervisor is responsible for sourcing musical content that is not original to the project.

Job Duties:

  • Understand the requirements and cues for sourced music
  • Ensure consistency with composed music
  • Secure rights and releases for sourced music

Job Skills:

  • Encyclopedic knowledge of existing music
  • Working knowledge of entertainment copyright law
  • Ability to collaborate with industry music libraries

Re-recording Mixer

As a re-recording mixer, you’ll balance all elements of a film’s soundtrack on a mixing stage to produce the desired emotional responses from the audience

Job Duties:

  • Evaluate and adjust relationships between soundtrack elements
  • Incorporate different elements into a master mix
  • Collaborate with production teams to create balance

Job Skills:

  • Ability to interpret balances
  • Technical ability on the latest software and hardware tools
  • Ability to collaborate with directors and executives

Sound Designer

As a sound designer, you’ll be responsible for the overall aural concept of a film or video game.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborate with other creatives to develop a cohesive sound
  • Create specific sounds for various visual media
  • Manage sound teams to create cohesive pieces

Job Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to form conceptual ideas into concrete mixes
  • Technical skills on the latest hardware and software tools

Sound Editor

Using digital audio workstations, the sound editor creates edited reels for all elements of the soundtrack.

Job Duties:

  • Create sound libraries from raw field recordings
  • Record raw sounds for sound libraries
  • Edit soundtrack elements into the film

Job Skills:

  • Ability to use the latest hardware and software tools
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment

Foley Artist

As a foley artist, you’ll perform in-sync sound effects with picture on a foley stage for inclusion in the final soundtrack. Create unique and unforgettable custom sounds and use your creativity to associate moods with cues in the story.

Job Duties:

  • Create custom sounds in-sync with picture
  • Organize and find new props for the foley stage
  • Create “spotting” lists of footsteps and movement of characters on screen

Job Skills:

  • Performance and physical skills with props
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines

Production Recordist

Working with the production mixer, a production recordist manages the set and location sound recordings.

Job Duties:

  • Quality check all recorded material from set and location
  • Assist the production mixer in all duties
  • Maintain the production recording and mixing equipment

Job Skills:

  • Technical proficiency on the latest hardware and software tools
  • Attention to detail for checking recordings
  • Superior data management and organization

Photography

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School of Photography alumna, Deanne Fitzmaurice, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her photo essay on an Iraqi child's war-torn experience.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA degree builds on the core curriculum of fundamental principles by emphasizing the aesthetic and conceptual skills necessary for a professional portfolio. After completing the core curriculum, students choose to focus on commercial or editorial, fine art, or documentary courses. Upon graduation, students will be required to demonstrate an individual style and a unique approach to their chosen area of study.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The AA degree provides students with an education in the fundamental skills of photography. Coursework ensures technical competence for digital capture, lighting, post-production, and a solid understanding of photography as a visual language.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Photography. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Photography. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. The program culminates with a formal thesis project and complete body of work that supports the thesis and showcases each student's unique vision and talent.

Career Options

Commercial Photographer

As a commercial photographer, you’ll create works for advertising, editorial, fashion, and assignment work for a variety of fields and industries.

Job Duties:

  • Bring a unique and personal style to your work
  • Fulfill commission requirements

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of light, composition, emotion, and storytelling
  • Technical proficiency with the latest software and hardware tools

Fine Art Photographer

As a fine art photographer, you’ll create original works of art—from concept to exhibition.

Job Duties:

  • Create and maintain exhibitions of work
  • Plan installations
  • Maintain relationships with clients and collectors

Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of the business of art
  • Strong writing skills for grants, proposals, and exhibition catalogs

Photojournalist

Working as a photojournalist, you’ll capture a complete set of images to accurately and objectively showcase the subject matter.

Job Duties:

  • Document the assigned situation

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work alone in difficult locations
  • Excellent time management and interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity to various cultures

Retoucher/Compositor

As a high-end retoucher/compositor, you’ll assist photographers, photo studios, or corporate clients in creating a unique digital composition after shooting.

Job Duties:

  • Create original compositions based on a brief

Job Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of the latest hardware and software tools
  • Excellent communication skills

Visual Development

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Have you ever wondered how elaborate scenes and characters are imagined for movies or how fantastical worlds are realized in video games? That’s the job of the visual development artist. Study composition, perspective, environment design, figure drawing and character design—everything you’ll need to embark on a creatively rewarding visual development career.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Visual Development's BFA program provides a dynamic education in the art of scene setting. Core curriculum emphasizes photography, figure modeling, form analysis, figure drawing, narrative principles, visual development for animation, character design, concept paintings, advanced exploration of perspective for video game design, and various other critical design disciplines.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Visual Development's AA program provides a strong introduction to the art of scene setting. Core curriculum emphasizes photography, figure modeling, form analysis, figure drawing, and various other design disciplines. Graduates with an AA degree in Visual Development are prepared for a seamless transition into the school's BFA program.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. The goal of each graduate student is the completion of a signature thesis book showcasing design work for a story-based project.

Career Options

Art Director

The job of the art director is to oversee and unify the visual look of a project. You’ll control the overall look of the project, and make creative decisions based on mood, style, and target audience

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate creative goals with other production leads
  • Present final layouts for approval
  • Determine budgets, background, and objectives

Job Skills:

  • Ability to lead a team
  • Strong eye for detail

Character Designer

As a character and creature designer, you’ll help create the standard appearance for a character including poses and gestures.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Assist in technical and creative problem solving
  • Maintain a consistent style under the art director
  • Follow deadlines set by the production team

Job Skills:

  • Excellent drawing and composition skills
  • Flexibility in visual styles
  • Understanding of the latest hardware and software tools

Production Artist

Working with art directors and designers, production artists are responsible for creating assets across various marketing initiatives in keeping with the visual style of the product.

Job Duties:

  • Create collateral materials using existing artwork
  • Oversee print production

Job Skills:

  • Strong and professional work ethic
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Produce materials with a range of materials and techniques

Vector Artist

Using standard tools, a vector artist recreates images for high-resolution output such as for billboards, printing, and 3D modeling.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Create and develop graphic artwork
  • Translate sketches into digital formats
  • Organize and maintain production files for easy sharability

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with color, proportion, and perspectives
  • Understanding of multimedia design

Matte Painter

As a matte painter, you’ll create paintings to be used in photography and special effects to combine disparate elements into a single final image.

Job Duties:

  • Work with live action footage
  • Create realistic and believable environments to be integrated into the film
  • Work alongside production teams to ensure proper delivery schedules and formats

Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with 3D lighting
  • Expert knowledge of UV-mapping
  • Expert use of color, form, lighting, and composition

Concept Artist

Creating visual representations of images, the concept artist is responsible for creating and realizing ideas to be used in films, comics, animated movies, and video games.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Generate images to clarify the vision of the creative and art director
  • Flesh out characters and ideas
  • Maintain a consistent visual style

Job Skills:

  • Visually interpret other people’s ideas
  • Flexibility and adaptability to feedback
  • Interest in design, architecture, and film

Web Design & New Media

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The School of Web Design & New Media prepares students for cutting-edge careers in experiential design and digital media. We teach an integrated approach based on four fundamentals: design thinking, visual communication, technology, and user experience. Our graduates are strategic thinkers, producers, and technologists poised to lead innovation on a global level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA program provides students with a comprehensive education in the principles of modern web design and new media. Taught by a faculty that works in the San Francisco Bay Area creative industry, our students are provided a unique opportunity to learn from teachers immersed in the field. The curriculum focuses on visual design, user experience, design strategies, web design, and motion graphics.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees

The School of Web Design & New Media's AA program guides students through the fundamentals of design for digital media. Students are introduced to core visual and user experience principles, web design, motion graphics, and the latest software and technology. Graduates will be well prepared to continue their education in the school's BFA program.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Web Design & New Media. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Web Design & New Media. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews. Studio courses develop creative and technical acumen, with attention to mastering user experience design, while advanced courses provide a focused learning environment for building final thesis projects. Students will graduate with a portfolio and comprehensive thesis project showcasing their talent.

Career Options

Interactive Designer

An interactive designer is responsible for designing and building microsites, landing pages, and banner ads. Combining strong interactive and user-experience thinking with exceptional visual design talent, you’ll create digital products to drive successful campaigns.

Job Duties:

  • Evolve the design and user-experience to improve engagement
  • Leverage best practices to improve turnaround and quality

Job Skills:

  • Strong visual design skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of conversion funnel

UX Designer

Responsible for discovery, ideation, user-needs analysis, wireframes, design concepts, and specifications, the user-experience designer aims to improve the overall experience of users through structure and visual appeal.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Collaborate with team leaders on deliverables
  • Implement a user-centric approach
  • Use market research to develop UX strategies

Job Skills:

  • Strong understanding of layout, color, and typography
  • Strong research and analytic skills

UI Designer

As a user-interface designer, you’ll work with user-experience designers and developers to create mockups, prototypes, and layouts for web applications and dashboards.

Job Duties:

  • Define innovative user interfaces and interactions
  • Translate business goals into products
  • Represent the user

Job Skills:

  • Strong user-centered design aesthetic
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams

Mobile Designer

As a mobile designer, you’ll create new and engaging experiences for emerging mobile devices and screens.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Design interfaces for mobile applications
  • Design mockups based on user stories
  • Collaborate and communicate with business and development teams

Job Skills:

  • Strong understanding of mobile platforms and principles
  • Ability to iterate quickly on wireframes/prototypes/designs
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Visual Designer

Working with the design and technology staff, the visual designer is responsible for creating high-quality, user-centric design solutions.

Job Duties:

  • Create effective visual design solutions for web-based interfaces
  • Solve complex problems such as interaction models and data visualization
  • Utilize industry best-practices

Job Skills:

  • Solid foundation in typography, layout, and design
  • Demonstrated knowledge of interaction design and methodology

Art Director

The art director is responsible for the overall brand concept, design, and execution of digital products and campaigns.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Oversee and implement visual brand guidelines
  • Apply brand strategy, differentiators, and brand attributes
  • Present and sell creative ideas

Job Skills:

  • Ability to concept and execute creative ideas
  • Working knowledge of web technologies

Motion Designer

As a motion designer, you’ll concept user interfaces, interaction animations, and design for emerging devices and platforms.

Job Duties:

  • Animate unique and enticing interfaces
  • Collaborate with creative leads on storyboards and pacing

Job Skills:

  • Fluency with the latest motion graphics software
  • Expert knowledge of user-centered design principles
  • Excellent communication skills

Front-End Developer

As a front-end developer, you’ll realize the creative vision of the production teams in code. Utilizing the newest technologies and frameworks, come create the future of interfaces in this challenging career.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Use the latest technologies to create web products
  • Unit and system test web products
  • Use industry best practices to write, test, deploy, and maintain high-quality code

Job Skills:

  • Deep understanding of web standards, compatibility, and best practices
  • Strong visual design sense
  • Familiarity with back-end programming languages and concepts

Web Designer

With a strong background in both design and web programming languages, you’ll create working prototypes from visual designs and wireframes as a web designer.

Job Duties:

  • Create visual concepts in line with brand and usability concepts
  • Define graphic components and standards
  • Drive creative projects from start to finish

Job Skills:

  • Understanding of web standards, compatibility, and best practices
  • Ability to work in a team and independently

Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

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Tap into your imagination. Come up with great ideas. Find your unique voice. Take your writing skills to a new level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The BFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media prepares aspiring writers to meet the creative and business challenges of the entertainment industry. By the time you graduate, you will have written two screenplays, three spec TV scripts, one pilot and three short film scripts. You will also work as a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to create a body of work that could launch your professional writing career, our program will give you the competitive edge you need.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. You will also be a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to complete a marketable body of work that is ready for literary representation, script sales or options, open writing assignments and staff positions, our program will give you the creative edge you need.

Career Options

Staff Writer

A staff writer works on the writing staff of a television show to break stories and write/rewrite scripts. Staff writers deliver a negotiated number of individual scripts for a given television series. They also make notes at table reads and run-throughs and then work with the Writers’ Room staff on additional rewrites.

How to Become a Staff Writer:

  • Write a spec script for a current show
  • The script is used as a writing sample to get an agent
  • The agent submits the script to different shows
  • The writer is hired to work full-time on a show

Job Skills:

  • Deliver television comedy or drama scripts that meet industry standards
  • Write for existing characters and storylines
  • Develop and pitch compelling story ideas
  • Work collaboratively with other writers and show producers
  • Strong work ethic

Screenwriter

A screenwriter writes scripts for feature films. Screenwriters work as freelancers, selling ideas or spec scripts. They may also be hired for an open writing assignment.

How a Screenwriter Gets Work:

  • Pitch an original idea and sell it to a studio or production company
  • Sell a story based on material in which the writer own the rights
  • Sell a story that’s in the public domain
  • Sell a spec script
  • Get a spec script optioned
  • Get hired on an open writing assignment

Job Skills:

  • Develop compelling story ideas
  • Effectively pitch and sell those ideas
  • Deliver imaginative scripts that meet industry expectations
  • Strong work ethic

Reader

The reader is responsible for providing script coverage for production companies. You’ll be reading and analyzing scripts to provide recommendations on development opportunities, and providing valuable feedback to the production and creative teams.

Job Duties:

  • Read and analyze scripts for development opportunities
  • Provide feedback to teams

Job Skills:

  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Advantages of an Academy of Art University Education

For over 80 years, we have tailored our education services to meet the varying needs of service members and their families. Eligible Veterans may qualify for benefits that can cover tuition costs and help you earn your degree. The Academy is able to offer classes that teach the skills you'll need, including professional faculty, industry partnerships, and facilities that support industry standards.

“During my time at the Academy I developed my skills as a photographer and explored ways to use art to reflect on my military experience. I was also fortunate enough to use the Post-911 GI Bill along with the Yellow Ribbon Program to pay for my tuition.”

Financial Resources

We've simplified the financial aid process so you can focus on obtaining the skills you'll need to excel in your career. Our financial specialists are ready to help you explore which benefits fit your unique situation. All G.I. Bill benefits are welcome.

Our successful students, graduates, and faculty

We have helped art and design students from all over the world realize their professional and creative ambitions.

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Game of Thrones

Molly Maloney -
MFA, Game Development

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Titanfall 2

Eric Simard -
BFA, Game Development

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League of Legends

Duy Nguyen -
BFA, Game Development

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Taylor Holmes -
BFA, Game Development

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Mafia 3

Ben Nadler -
BFA, Game Development

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The Walking Dead

Kelsey Martin -
BFA, Game Development

Online degrees available!

Our online programs enable you to study on your own time, at your own pace. Turn your passion into a career.

HOW ONLINE WORKS

Executive Director, School of Game Development

David Goodwine


"He has been in the industry for 17 years. His credits include projects such as 25 to Life, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Project: Snowblind, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Tomb Raider: Legend."