BA in Graphic Design & Animation


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Program Description

Careers for people who are well-versed in the visual arts are on the rise. Opportunities for growth, on a personal and institutional level, are multiplying. Just consider the number of stimulating and well-paying jobs that involve media, animation, graphics, and related technology.

The Graphic Design and Animation BA program is for students who can capture reality as they see it and transform it into textures, shapes, patterns, and the sensible distribution of colors via technology. We are looking for students who can take the raw matter of reality and give it an aesthetic order.

Now, more than ever, our reality is one rich in visual images, thanks in large part to increasing tech progress and ever-shifting methods of communication. Several industries are opening new doors for visually creative artists. This is why even if thus far, you have relied only on traditional methods to express your artistic style, our program will help you transition to the latest technologies so that you might express your creativity equally effectively.

AUM’s Graphic Design and Animation degree prepare students for this phenomenon. Our goal is to help you meld art with technological know-how. This way, your creations will prove visually arresting as well as technically sophisticated. To reach such a level of accomplishment, you will take courses in:

  • Web Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • 3D Character Animation
  • Design and Modeling
  • Story Boarding and Narrative

Degree Requirements

The BA in Graphic Design and Animation degree is a four-year degree program.

In their first and to some extent their second years, students will focus on completion of the University’s General Education Program (42 US / 84 ECTS credits), with the introduction of specialized courses in language and culture. In the third and fourth years, students will focus increasingly on topics relevant to their major. To earn a Bachelor’s degree, students must satisfactorily complete at least 120 US / 240 ECTS credits, fulfill all the requirements for the Graphic Design and Animation degree, and achieve a CGPA of 2.00 or higher.

The degree is designed to be completed in four years, assuming students make satisfactory progress toward the degree and do not interrupt their study. Details about leave of absence, standards of progress, and the maximum time allowed to complete the course can be found in the American University of Malta’s Catalog.

Careers for students who are well-versed in visual arts are on the rise. Our degree in Graphic Design and Animation preps students to take up roles in:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Game art
  • Book design
  • Web design
  • Print
  • Motion graphics
  • Poster design
  • Typography
  • Multimedia
  • Visual Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Information Design

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4-Year Degree Plan Outline

Year 1

Semester I

  • English Composition 101
  • Introduction to Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics
  • History of the Mediterranean
  • Introduction to Visual Design
  • Free Elective

Semester II

  • English Composition 2
  • Unity of Life
  • Religious Worlds in Comparative Perspective
  • Drawing and Visualization

Year 2

Semester I

  • Introduction to Multicultural Communication
  • Scientific Inquiry GE
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Arts of the Mediterranean
  • Figure Drawing and Anatomy

Semester II

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • World Art History
  • Digital Art Tools
  • Free Elective

Year 3

Semester I

  • Time, Image, Sound
  • Painting and Color
  • Design and Modeling
  • Animation I: Motion and Methods
  • Applied Ethics

Semester II

  • 3D Character Animation
  • Animation II: Production
  • Graphic Design I: Typography
  • Storyboarding and Narrative

Year 4

Semester I

  • Graphic Design II: Visual Problem Solving
  • Motion Graphics
  • Visual Design for Games
  • Thesis Project I

Semester II

  • Graphic Design III: Web Design
  • Interdisciplinary Game Project
  • Thesis Project II

Program Total: 120 Credits

Career Opportunities

  • Film or Video Game Animator for a movie studio or video game creator.
  • Graphic Designer at an audiovisual company.
  • Visual Artist for a multi-faceted web developer.

These and many other challenging, satisfying, and lucrative opportunities await you upon graduation.

Last updated Mar 2020

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