Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) in Winston-Salem, NC has a rich history and a reputation for excellence due to high academic standards and its ability to respond to the community’s needs relating to workforce development. In an economy that is shifting to a knowledge driven one, Forsyth Tech has started a two-year Digital Effects and Animation Program leading to an AAS degree. The Digital Effects and Animation Technology (DEAT) curriculum is designed to provide students with the training necessary to become competent in creating, manipulating, and animating digital images. These skills have application in the production of a variety of moving image forms. Students will take courses covering computer hardware/software applications, computer animation, creation and manipulation of digital images and nonlinear editing. They will become proficient at using media industry standard hardware/software to generate and manipulate images, and create digital special effects.Students are currently using Toon Boom Studio in their 2D Design and Animation classes.

Completing their first year, students used Toon Boon Studio to create short animations and have entered projects in the “My Toons” competition. This fall semester the program will upgrade to Toon Boom Digital Pro (now called Animate Pro). The faculty and students are excited about all the new features and improvements that Digital Pro will provide. Toon Boon is an integral part of the program affording the students the opportunity to use software that is recognized as a standard in the animation profession. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to generate moving images and manipulate captured images for a variety of media production applications.

Graduates should qualify for employment in the creation and/or editing of a variety of media forms. This fall, the DEAT program will out reach to high schools providing information and animation experiences involving 2D and 3D applications to create a workforce training pipeline for design from high school through college to employment. Forsyth Tech’s other animation collaborative efforts in the community are with the Center for Design Innovation, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), and University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA). Both Universities offer Animation Degrees.

This collaboration will allow students opportunities to continue their animation studies in a four-year degree program. The Center for Design Innovation fosters cross-disciplinary research and entrepreneurial activity related to design and innovation. It provides educational programming focused on design and innovation, and acts as a design-based business cluster accelerator, to make the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina a recognized center of design across the country.

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