Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is Arizona's private university. The prestigious Christian university is regionally accredited and is recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine, Fox.com, and more. Grand Canyon University offers online and campus-based bachelors and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts. GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional.
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation:
Art and Design
The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design prepares graduates for careers in the expanding digital arts and media fields, including social media and the Web, animation, and print design industries. Students will learn to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communication problems for the global world. The program will focus on the development of creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills that demonstrate critical thinking and ethical leadership. The program covers design theory and application, including color, typography, illustration, photography, and composition principles necessary to prepare print- or Web-based design. Students will also create interactive computer graphics using state-of-the-art technologies standard in the computer graphics and design industries. Students are introduced to the principles of animation and create animations demonstrating these principles for inclusion in their professional portfolio. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of visual design, Web technologies, and animation. Instructors will expose students to the expanding opportunities in the field of graphic and Web design, advertising, animation, e-learning, and gaming industries. Assignments within each course guide students through historical survey, theoretical application, and collaborative team-based simulations in a studio environment. Students are encouraged to participate in the student chapter of AIGA and compete in local, national, and international competitions. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions within the expanding design industry. This program provides an opportunity for students to further explore 3D modeling and theory, application of computer graphics to various design problems and solutions, and the mechanics of motion. Students develop 3D-textured character models with suitable rigging to time the animation and include it in 3D short story applications. Environmental sets and props will be modeled with realistic texturing, lighting design, visual effects, and rendering solutions explored. Technology Requirements Students who major in the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design must purchase specific design-related technology, including hardware and software, that will be used throughout all of the courses that comprise the Digital Design major.