Studying Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design

Studying Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have been named among the world's top animation schools and among the "Ivy League of Animation" by 3D World magazine. Students are able to study animation at one of three SCAD locations; Savannah and Atlanta GA and Hong Kong.

Within the School of Film, Digital Media and Performing Arts, SCAD animation students have opportunities to collaborate with others in visual effects, interactive design & game development, motion media, production design, sound design and film. Addition opportunities exist with students from the School of Communication Arts studying sequential art and illustration. The B.F.A. program emphasizes the art and craft of animation in both traditional and digital media. Drawing and observational skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The M.A. program provides advanced skills-based learning within a context of broadening student awareness of animation storytelling. The M.F.A. program allows students to explore, in greater depth, areas of animation theory and specialization.

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Animation students can select from an extensive range of electives to develop skills in specialized areas such as traditional and paperless 2D character animation, 3D (CG) character animation, stop motion animation, experimental animation, digital modeling, rigging, lighting and look development, layout and character design. The department's tool of choice for digital cel and paperless animation is Toon Boom Animate Pro. Similarly, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro is used for all storyboard applications throughout the department.

Students learn on the same tools used through-out the industry: Autodesk Maya; Adobe CS5 Master Collection (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash and Premiere); and Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro. Resources include a Vicon motion capture system and two full labs (20 seats) of Cintiq 21 drawing tablets. Toon Boom products are the department's choice for all 2D animation production needs, from undergraduate senior project, group projects and graduate thesis projects, due to their ease of use and capability to deliver what our students need.

Industry representatives frequently make recruitment visits to SCAD to give presentations, review portfolios, and hire SCAD graduates. Companies include Activision, Blue Sky Studios, Charlex, Digital Domain, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Framestore CFC, Industrial Light & Magic, Laika, Lucasfilm Animation, Nickelodeon, Pixar Studios, Radical Axis, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Tippett Studio, Turner Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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About Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have been named among the world's top animation schools and among the "Ivy League of Animation" by 3D World magazine. Students are able to study animation at one of three SCAD locations; Savannah and Atlanta GA and Hong Kong.