Northern Kentucky University announced a new curriculum in animation and renamed its media computing program to 3D digital design and visual effects.
In a press release, the university said the measures were a response to changing industry demands.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation will be housed at the School of the Arts (SOTA) and aims to prepare students to create compelling visuals with modern technologies.
The program teaches students how to competently draw and develop visual storytelling using cutting-edge digital tools to launch a life of creativity in animation, the university said.
Meanwhile, the 3D visual and digital effects program aims to prepare students for careers in creative and technical industries such as texturing, lighting and rigging, the art of play, and digital sculpture.
“Our program has grown rapidly in its first decade of existence,” said Stephen Yungbluth, chair of NKU’s communications department. “The new name stays true to what we know: constantly evolving to keep pace with technological change and industry needs. “
With the new arts and science animation program, SOTA unveiled a hybrid animation studio space equipped with 21 high-performance computers and a variety of digital pen tool displays.
“The emergence of multimedia has created opportunities for designers and artists like never before,” said Brad McCombs, Head of the Visual Arts program at NKU. “NKU is known for its digital-based innovation with media and technology. “