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Animation and VFX
Digital Media Technology

About Visual Effects

People that work in visual effects create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment. 

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.

In the Bachelor’s of Science in Digital Media Technology at Eastern Illinois University students will learn in photo, video and visual effects courses, through hands on experience, how to do the following:

  • Capture and edit photographs
  • Capture and edit videos
  • Create and manipulate 3D models
  • Apply textures, lighting and effects to models and digital environments
  • Apply visual effects tools and techniques
  • Composite various content into various professional projects

Students will use in their coursework industry standard software as well as hardware such as SLR cameras, studio lighting equipment, drones, 360 cameras and other cutting edge equipment. This area of focus will prepare students to work in professions such as:

  • Photography
  • Visual effects in video production
  • 3D Modeling
  • Lighting, Texturing, and Rendering for digital projects
  • Digital composition

Click here to see a complete list of coursework and descriptions for courses in Digital Media Technology.

Courses in Digital Media Technology are offered on rotated basis. Click here to see a PDF of the current planned rotation

The following courses are offered in the Animation and VFX Focus Area:

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Projects from the Introductory 3D Modeling courses and 3D animation.

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