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Entertainment designers are story-tellers. They bring stories to life by designing novel characters and worlds. This requires an excellent imagination, a thorough understanding of how such things are created, and the ability to conceptualize within the parameters of a given story.

Within Entertainment Design are housed two tracks: Concept Design and Character Animation. Although many classes are shared, students apply directly to one track or the other.

Concept Design

Concept artists create the visuals we see in films, video games, animation, commercials, TV shows and theme parks, executing everything from environments and architecture to characters and vehicles.

Art Center’s Concept Design students specifically focus their creativity to master the skills required of concept designers in the entertainment industry. Our intensive curriculum blends and expands upon illustration and industrial design. You receive a rigorous education in drawing, rendering, model building, sculpting and the use of 3D digital tools. Near the completion of your degree, you research and develop an in-depth senior project emphasizing a personal focus within entertainment.

Each spring, representatives from top companies attend our Entertainment Design Intern Show to meet students and review individual exhibitions of work, with the goal of selecting students to join their team as interns.

An impressive roster of Art Center alumni and entertainment professionals bring their expertise into our classrooms as faculty and visiting lecturers. Graduating from the program with the ability to bring imaginary worlds to life, you join this network ready for a creative future.

Character Animation

This track will be launched in the Fall of 2015 and has been designed in close collaboration with industry specialists. Character Animation students will focus on the nuances, traits, and overall performances that bring particular definition to the characters that populate a story.

A simple tilt of the head, a gradual lift of the brow, a sudden straightening of the posture—how we say things is often more meaningful than what we say.  Character Animation at Art Center is all about this how, teaching students not only to design outward appearances but also to activate those surfaces to bring out the soul of a character.

Through an immersive study of performance and storytelling as it applies to traditional animation, computer animation, and design, our students learn to breathe life into the characters that populate the story worlds of feature animation, live action film, TV, commercials, and games. 

Our program develops students as animators, artists, performers, and designers, equipping them with a wide and deep skillset that delves into design theory, dramatic performance, and both traditional and digital drawing and painting, enabling them to become storytellers of the highest order.

Our faculty consists of the industry’s top working professionals including Animators and Supervising Animators from Disney, Dreamworks, and Blur, to name a few.  We prepare our students for career opportunities as Performance and Action Animators for companies such as Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, ILM, Sony, Blur, 343, and Riot.

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