Turn Fantasy into Reality

Have you always wanted to know behind-the-scenes secrets of Pixar and Freej? This program offers aspiring animators the opportunity to create their own movie magic by fusing cinematic storytelling with digital technology and finding their own creative voice with close guidance and encouragement from experienced faculty and guest speakers.

Facilities

Our digital design and drawing studios are fully equipped to allow learners to develop 2D and 3D work through both traditional and modern means. Students have access to a range of state-of-the art digital design programs and facilities.

The Course

This degree is designed to teach students everything they need to know about animation principles, current techniques and industry standards. Students will be primed to make their mark in this exciting field, producing work in professional, creative and stimulating environments. Students will benefit from direct contact with highly experienced animation artists and tutorial staff and will be encouraged to develop skills across traditional and modern animation disciplines, including subjects such as figure drawing, contextual studies and the handling of state-of-the-art digital programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with minimum average of 60% | for scientific and literary streams. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% equivalency and a letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE.
  • English Proficiency
    PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS ACA. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154
  • Letter of Interest & Interview

ACCREDITATION

The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education | caa.ae

FEE STRUCTURE - 2016/17

  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 20,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,000 AED

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GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

11 COURSES | 33 CREDIT HOURS

This course is designed to assist Arabic Speaking students to use language skills correctly with the focus on how to write research papers and business letters. In order to achieve this goal different and integrated types of skills are implemented to assist in the development of the students comprehension of what he/she listens to or reads in addition to writing papers, reporting, writing recommendations, seminars and symposiums. The course also provides the basic skills of good and coherent writing such as, spelling, digitals, correct paragraph structure and writing essays.

This course provides students with advanced English-language skills to pursue successfully their Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 36 studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure skills. This course also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent.

This course covers the needed language areas such as organizational structures, instructions job lexis, processes and operating systems, health and safety, and customer relations which are common to the majority of different vocations to provide the functional language the students will need in their specialization and place of work. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent

This course will begin with a review of selected arithmetic topics: fractions, decimals, and percentages, followed by a brief review of signed number operations. The course will cover topics of Basic Algebra such as variable expressions, linear equations, inequalities and applications, and graphing points and lines

This course presents the use of computers in everyday life. The students will learn to organize electronic filing systems as well as to communicate ideas effectively using a variety of software tools. The course discusses some of the ethical and moral issues raised by the use of Internet and email. Towards the end of the course, the students in groups will work to select a topic, search for the information, analyze and organize it incorporating a software tool they learned and present it publicly.

This course will offer students the knowledge to enable them understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world

This course designed to help students to do well at their studies at university through the development of effective study skills and strategies. Studying at university is very different from previous study students may have done, and therefore the course aims to apply new studying and learning strategies, and identify, develop, and enhance the study and learning skills of students. These skills include time management, taking notes, planning assignments, exam preparation and revision, preparing a presentation, memory techniques, and methods for using course materials including syllabi and textbooks, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop a focused project specific to their interests and study needs.

This course introduces students to the broad, complex and influential field of the social sciences. The course tends to focus on the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and sometimes history and geography. This course will also enable students to sharpen their critical analysis skills as they evaluate changes in important social issues and institutions.

An introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of psychology, including theories and methods, biological factors influencing behavior, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, human development and personality

Courses in the Natural Sciences introduce students to the basic concepts of Sciences and the scientific method and enhance awareness of scientific developments and their impact on society and the environment. This area provides students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts and theories, and the ability to formulate empirically testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes and living things.

This course is designed to introduce, first, the concepts, measurements, and theories of broad-based sustainable development as well as the relationships between economic development, human development, and environment. Students will also be familiar with several theories of development. Then, the characteristics and the quality of life in GCC will be investigated and compared to those in other countries. The focus would be on the causes, problems and challenges associated with the development of GCC countries such as population structure and localization policies, the feasibility of GCC States integration, the impact of oil and non-oil production on development. The students will work on a project in groups by gathering information from public libraries and by interviewing public officials. The students will be given the latitude of choosing a topic to write about. The prerequisite is ASC 110.

CORE COURSES

9 COURSES | 27 CREDIT HOURS

This course examines color theory as an aid to communication, control and expression in traditional and contemporary design. The fundamental course allows students to explore color topics including color theory, color interaction, and color psychology. Students will study a wide range of creative and technical aspects of color and its use in design, experimenting with traditional mediums and digital applications.

This course provides a core introduction to drawing, covering a wide range of basic and intermediate practical and technical skills. Students will explore approaches and concepts to the subject through manual practice using a comprehensive range of media and with reference to great masters in the field. Traditional and objective drawing skills in the use of line, tone, form and perspective provide the foundation for learning in this course. Students are required to develop their ability to observe, perceive and interpret through drawing the world around them, reflecting their understanding of 2D and 3D space.

This course is one of the fundamental courses in which the students will be introduced to the visual elements of design comprising of: point and line; shape and form; surface and texture; color and value; light and shadow; negative and positive space. The students will practice design principles: unity and variety; similarity; emphasis and point of interest; scale; proportion; and balance. This course is designed to give the students a strong understanding of 2D and 3D visual communications.

Fundamentals of Graphic Illustration and Digital Imaging introduces students to the use of a computer as a powerful digital drawing and imaging tool. The focus of the course is on basic computer skills and use, mastering fundamental digital illustration and imaging skills, and developing efficient working styles. The course learning experience incorporates a variety of visual artwork strategies including but not limited to, color/ texture enhancements, typography, pen/ brush tools, , perspective tool, using different color schemes. This course involves considerable hands-on instruction and multiple projects using Adobe Photoshop/ Illustrator.

This course is a chronological survey of art and design offering students an in-depth understanding of the role of art throughout history with a strong focus on aesthetic values, socio-cultural influences and technical terminology. Architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts, prehistoric art, design of the ancient world, the world beyond Europe, early Christian and Islamic art and the art of the Middle-Ages and Gothic period form the foundation of the course material spanning a period from 40,000 BC to 1300 AD.

This course covers the extensive cultural shifts from the early Renaissance through to the 20th century.  Students will study painting, sculpture, furniture architecture as individual works in relation to their geographical, social, political, and religious environments. Also, analysis and comparative study of periodic decorative elements, strong designs and architectural features will be conducted.

Students will investigate a variety of drawing concepts and training in freehand drawing through deep observational practice and exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums. The development of personal expression and problem solving skills is key to this course and it builds on the vocabulary, skills, and concepts learned in Drawing I. The course requires students to explore approaches to portraiture, figure and landscape drawing, advanced composition, drawing in relation to specialized design and color theory in great depth. Critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed improvement are the keys to success in this course.

In this course, students will learn various techniques to construct objects in digital 3D space, as well as physical 3D solutions. Students will follow a concept development process of research and sketching, to generate designs for 3D production. A final original design, related to each student’s major, will be constructed using industry-standard 3D software.

The college considers students’ internship as an essential channel that brings together the college, the students, and the job marketplace. Furthermore, internship is a method that integrates the instructional theoretical backgrounds to real existing practice. The training allows them to work under the observation and guidance of the field supervisor without replacing any regular employee. The internship is closely monitored by a college faculty member as an academic supervisor.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

13 COURSES | 54 CREDIT HOURS

In this course, students will learn the techniques and terminology associated with a variety of traditional and digital animation styles. Emphasis is on learning the basic theory and principles that lead to the successful creation of convincing movement and emotion. Projects developed in this course will increase the students’ professional vocabulary and allow them to demonstrate a working knowledge of a range of animation techniques.

This course is an introduction to the history and evolution of animation. Beginning with animation pre-history and continuing to current and emerging technologies, students will examine a timeline of different genres and identify key figures in the development of the industry. In addition to lecture, review of professional work, and classroom discussion, students will construct early animation devices to develop an understanding of the moving image.

This course introduces students to storyboarding and the preproduction process. Students will learn how to translate concepts such as shot types, continuity, pacing, transitions and sequencing into a visual narrative. Students will also learn cinematic terminology in order to better express themselves professionally and pitch their ideas.

This course concentrates on teaching students how to conceptualize and create time-based graphics to express meaning. The course involves project-based learning with lectures and demonstrations. Students are expected to participate in classroom activities and collaborate to solve technical and creative challenges.

This course covers the theory of digital production, compositing and working in digital formats. In addition to production theory, students learn to handle equipment as they shoot, light, record sound, edit, and author original productions.

In this course, students will use industry-standard 3D software to animate objects and character rigs. Students will apply the 12 Principles of Animation to create convincing and entertaining motion. A short character animation, including audio, background, lights, and camera, will be presented at the end of the semester.

In this course, students will construct rigs for characters and animals, for efficient and convincing animation. Students will experiment with both FK and IK systems and their respective components, spline controls, and blend shapes. Scripting, expressions and Set Driven Key, will be covered, as well as dynamics for creating items such as hair and cloth.

This course explores various methods of modelling both organic and hard-surface models, then applying animation principles and techniques to bring them to life. Students will practice following a production pipeline, from concept to final rendered animation, using industry-standard 3d software.

This course covers advanced studies in the animation production. This is a studio course in which students will propose and execute an original idea based on a standard production pipeline. Experimentation, problem solving, planning and time management, and critical analysis will be covered as applicable to the student's work, with the choice of animation technique, content and form left to the group or individual. Students will learn the importance of bringing projects to completion.

In this course, students will learn to apply the practices and terminology associated with the basics of audio recording, editing using industry-standard software, Foley sound effects, and compositing audio with video. Students will also gain an understanding of audio theory and copyright law.

The capstone graduation project is the representation of the students’ in-depth learning and understanding of their field of specialization through a long-term project accomplished in a professional manner.  They are evaluated on their ability to complete this project with originality and quality, applying the skills, techniques and methodologies they have learnt during their course of study.

The student is assigned to research and identify a topic, and develop a detailed research proposal highlighting the goals, objectives, tasks, methodology and time plan. The topic could range from an academic research to school/ community service, student-developed business or any other area of personal interest. The student communicates regularly with his/ her academic-capstone advisor for review, while working constantly to improve the outcome by building upon previously gained expertise. The academic-capstone advisor contributes through meaningful feedback and setting expectations of standards, offering an opportunity for open-ended learning through self-reflection and improvement.

The process is documented, findings are compiled and presented orally as well as in writing through a capstone report.

The project is divided into three dis­tinct phases:

  1. Research and topic selection
  2. Conceptual and design development
  3. Design execution/ design presentation, with necessary documentation and a comprehensive report

Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and figure construction through exploration of the skeletal, muscular and surface systems of the human body. Portraiture and facial expression also form part of the course. Classic technique and personal interpretation will be explored through intense studio practice based on direct observation of the model examining shape, form, line, tone, value, texture, weight, balance, stress and movement using a wide variety of traditional media. Artistic and aesthetic notions from historical and contemporary practice will be studied from the Renaissance to today to inform standards of best-practice and raise awareness of alternative methods and approaches.

Advanced composition, sophisticated mark-making and the development of personal expression, interpretation and visual fluency are key in this course as well as thoughtful and constructive participation in group critiques using appropriate terminology.

Typography I introduces students to the study of letterforms as a major tool in of visual communication. Students will study all aspects of font design, the anatomy of type, syntax, and the evolution of type design and processing through humanistic and technological developments including the impact of industrial print and new media on this field.

Students are required to develop an understanding of a wide variety of fonts their uses and opportunities for manipulation through traditional (drawing) and digital media. Font selection, basic layouts and formatting will also be considered before students develop their own personalized font requiring extensive consideration of form, weight and balance to ensure success. Develop of an extensive vocabulary of professional terminology is necessary in order to navigate through the complexity of font design and the basic layout of text in order to articulate concepts and ideas effectively.

FREE ELECTIVES

4 COURSES | 12 CREDIT HOURS

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ATTENDANCE

Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

WHEN CAN I JOIN

STUDENT CAN JOIN THE BEGINNING OF ANY SEMESTER

SEPTEMBER

FALL SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

JANUARY

SPRING SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

MAY

SUMMER SEMESTER

MAX 3 COURSES
9 CREDIT HOURS

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