Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Ground Only

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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation

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

General Education Requirements

Course to Course Review

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Competency Requirements Total Credits
University Foundations
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will complete one of the following UNV Foundational courses: UNV 103 for students entering with under 24 credit hours or UNV 303 for students transferring 24 or more credit hours.
Effective Communication

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
9 - 12
Christian Worldview
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV 101.
Critical Thinking

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of college-level mathematics.
11 - 12
Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).
6 - 8

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Courses

Maricopa Community College District transfer students who have completed the courses below, will be able to meet the course competency requirements for courses within the Bachelor of  Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation program at Grand Canyon University.

MCCCD Courses GCU Courses
Course Number Course Title Credits Course Number Course Title Credits
ART 111 Drawing I 3 DDN-105 Drawing for the Visual Arts 4
ART 117 Life Drawing II 3 DDN-205 Figure Drawing 4
ART 169 Two-Dimensional Computer Design 3 DDN-210 Designing with Type 4
ART 170 Three-Dimensional Computer Design 3 DDN-330 3D Modeling Design I 4
ART 177 Computer-Photographic Imaging 3 DDN-215 Digital Photography I 4
ART 184 Computer Animation 3 DDN-220 2D Animation Design 4
ART 191 Storyboarding and Layout 3 DDN-305 Drawing for Animation 4
ART 180AJ & ART 180AL Designer's Tools: 3-D Studio Textures,
3-D Special Effects & Character Studio
4 DDN-360 3D Modeling Design II 4
ART 284
Intermedia Animation 3 DDN-365 3D Animation and the Mechanics of Motion 4
Total Number of MCCCD Credits Applied to GCU Animation Major 28

*The identified MCCCD courses fulfill the competency requirements for the corresponding GCU course; however, the courses may not fulfill the credit requirements. For more information please contact an Enrollment or Academic Counselor

Upper Level Division Classes

Maricopa Community College District transfer students will need to take the courses below within the Bachelor of  Arts in Digtial Design with an Emphasis in Animation program at Grand Canyon University. They may also need to take additional courses to meet the graduation requirements of the program. See an Enrollment Counselor for more details.

Courses Left to Complete at GCU
DDN-100 Survey of the Visual Arts 4
DDN-110 Design Fundamentals 4
Web Design I
Digital Photography II
History of Design
Business for the Design Professional
3D Short Film Production
3D Visual Effects and Lighting
Advanced Animation
Advanced Design Practicum

Total Number of Credits Remaining for GCU Animation Major
Total Credits Hours Needed to Complete Bachelor of Arts in
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation (Ground Only)