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Video and Motion Graphics, Bachelor of Science

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Today, visual effects play a central role in film, television programming, video games and a host of other entertainment mediums. This has led to a growing demand for those who have artistic talent and technical ability to create engaging video content, visual effects, and motion graphics.

The Wilmington University Bachelors of Science in Video and Motion Graphics provides students with a strong foundation in the core skills for all stages of production, geared towards film-making, news, corporate, educational, or entertainment. Students will explore real-world production concepts under the direction of expert faculty with extensive field experience and gain additional skills in graphic design, animation, compositing, and sound.

Purpose

The Video and Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science is for students wishing to pursue careers in television, film, motion graphics, visual effects, and related fields. Students will have a strong core skill set applicable to any video work ranging from news, film, television, commercials, drama, action, corporate, or documentary applications, then allowing the students to focus on their area of interest through the concentrations.

Program Competencies

Students in the Video and Motion Graphics Program (B.S.) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the core skill set of video and film style production techniques;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline and workflow of Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of creating programming from script to screen;
  • Utilize the right tools and techniques for any kind of production;
  • Develop a higher level core set of skills within Video and Motion Graphics through the production of a demo reel;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practices for their respective areas of industry;
  • Practice the use and employ the benefit of library resources, including subscription services and other sources generally accepted as legitimate and valid;
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior;
  • Demonstrate personal skills in self-management and problem solving; and
  • Participate in on the job preparation for a professional position in his/her chosen career field.


Video and Motion Graphics B.S. Curriculum

Note: Students in this program must complete DSN 094 - Technology Orientation which is FREE of charge and can be completed through Blackboard in approximately 60 minutes.

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

ART 210 Basic Design

COM 300 Communication Theory

CTA 210 Computer Science

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 230 History of Art and Design

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

OR

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

SCI Natural Science Elective- SCI 308 excluded

Video and Motion Graphics Core (45 credits)

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

DSN 220 Concept Development

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

VMG 102 The Production Process

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VMG 202 Advanced Audio Recording Techniques

VMG 222 Story Design Methods

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

VMG 302 Lighting for Production II

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer


3D and Motion Graphics Concentration (36 credits)

DSN 235 Vector Drawing

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VMG 310 Advanced Motion Graphics

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

VMG 324 Character Creation and Texturing

VMG 325 Character Rigging

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

Free Elective

VMG 487, VMG 490: may be completed as a Co-op

CAP/Co-op Program Option

The co-op option is an alternative to the VMG 487 - Video Motion Graphics Senior Project and VMG 490 - Video Motion Graphics Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the VMG Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.

For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/


Suggested Program Sequence for 3D and Motion Graphics Concentration

Freshman

Semester 1

ART 210 Basic Design

CTA 210 Computer Science

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

ENG 121 English Composition I

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

Semester 2

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 230 History of Art and Design

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

VMG 102 The Production Process

Sophomore

Semester 1

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VMG 202 Advanced Audio Recording Techniques

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

Semester 2

DSN 220 Concept Development

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 222 Story Design Methods

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

Junior

Semester 1

COM 300 Communication Theory

DSN 235 Vector Drawing

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer

Semester 2

VMG 302 Lighting for Production II

VMG 310 Advanced Motion Graphics

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

Senior

Semester 1

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VMG 324 Character Creation and Texturing

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

SCI SCI Elective

Semester 2

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

OR

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VMG 325 Character Rigging

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

Free Elective


Digital Film-Making Concentration (36 Credits)

DFM 200 Introduction to Digital Film-Making

DFM 300 Directing Digital Films

DFM 350 Digital Film-Making II

DFM 400 Directing Digital Films II

VMG 350 Journalism in Practice

VMG 401 Producing the Documentary

VMG 423 Advanced Non-Linear Editing

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

VMG 487, VMG 490: may be completed as a Co-op

Free Electives (9 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

CAP/Co-op Program Option

The co-op option is an alternative to the VMG 487 - Video Motion Graphics Senior Project and VMG 490 - Video Motion Graphics Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the VMG Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.

For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/


Suggested Program Sequence for Digital Film- Making Concentration

Freshman

Semester 1

ART 210 Basic Design

CTA 210 Computer Science

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

ENG 121 English Composition I

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

Semester 2

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 230 History of Art and Design

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

VMG 102 The Production Process

Sophomore

Semester 1

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VMG 202 Advanced Audio Recording Techniques

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

Semester 2

DSN 220 Concept Development

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 222 Story Design Methods

VMG 350 Journalism in Practice

Junior

Semester 1

COM 300 Communication Theory

DFM 200 Introduction to Digital Film-Making

DFM 300 Directing Digital Films

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer

Semester 2

DFM 350 Digital Film-Making II

VMG 302 Lighting for Production II

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

VMG 423 Advanced Non-Linear Editing

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

Senior

Semester 1

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

VMG 401 Producing the Documentary

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

Free Elective

SCI SCI Elective

Semester 2

DFM 400 Directing Digital Films II

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

OR

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

Free Elective

Free Elective


Visual Effects Concentration (36 credits)

VFX 110 Digital Filmmaking for Visual Effects

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VFX 310 Digital Matte Painting and Set Extensions

VFX 400 Match-moving and Roto-scoping

VFX 420 Visual Effects Workshop / Final Projects

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

VFX 420, VMG 490: may be completed as a Co-op

Free Electives (6 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

CAP/Co-op Program Option

The co-op option is an alternative to the VFX 420 - Visual Effects Workshop and VMG 490 - Video Motion Graphics Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the VMG Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.

For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/


Suggested Program Sequence for Visual Effects Concentration

Freshman

Semester 1

ART 210 Basic Design

CTA 210 Computer Science

DSN 210 Basic Photoshop

ENG 121 English Composition I

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

Semester 2

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 230 History of Art and Design

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

VMG 102 The Production Process

Sophomore

Semester 1

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VMG 202 Advanced Audio Recording Techniques

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

Semester 2

DSN 220 Concept Development

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 222 Story Design Methods

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

Junior

Semester 1

VFX 110 Digital Filmmaking for Visual Effects

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer

SCI SCI Elective

Semester 2

COM 300 Communication Theory

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VMG 302 Lighting for Production II

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

Senior

Semester 1

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VFX 400 Match-moving and Roto-scoping

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

Free Elective

Semester 2

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

OR

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

VFX 310 Digital Matte Painting and Set Extensions

VFX 420 Visual Effects Workshop / Final Projects

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

Free Elective


Completion Degree Requirements

What is a Completion Degree

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

VMG - 3D and Motion Graphics Completion Degree

Note: Students in this program must complete DSN 094 - Technology Orientation, which is FREE of charge and can be completed through Blackboard in approximately 60 minutes.

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

VMG 310 Advanced Motion Graphics

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

VMG 324 Character Creation and Texturing

VMG 325 Character Rigging

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

The following courses are prerequisites for a degree in Video Motion Graphics - 3D and Motion Graphics:

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

VMG 102 The Production Process

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics


VMG - Digital Filmmaking Completion Degree

Note: Students in this program must complete DSN 094 - Technology Orientation, which is FREE of charge and can be completed through Blackboard in approximately 60 minutes.

COM 310 Legal Aspects of Communication

DFM 300 Directing Digital Films

DFM 350 Digital Film-Making II

DFM 400 Directing Digital Films II

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

VMG 302 Lighting for Production II

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

VMG 350 Journalism in Practice

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 401 Producing the Documentary

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer

VMG 423 Advanced Non-Linear Editing

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

The following courses are prerequisites for a degree in Video Motion Graphics -Digital Filmmaking:

DFM 200 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 101 Introduction to Audio

VMG 102 The Production Process

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VMG 222 Story Design Methods


VMG - Visual Effects Completion Degree

Note: Students in this program must complete DSN 094 - Technology Orientation, which is FREE of charge and can be completed through Blackboard in approximately 60 minutes.

VFX 300 Advanced Compositing Workshop

VFX 310 Digital Matte Painting and Set Extensions

VFX 400 Match-moving and Roto-scoping

VFX 420 Visual Effects Workshop / Final Projects

VMG 200 Advanced Camera and Cinematography

VMG 301 Lighting for Production I

VMG 310 Advanced Motion Graphics

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

VMG 321 Introduction to 3D

VMG 322 3D Modeling Techniques

VMG 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques

VMG 400 On Location Production Techniques

VMG 402 Studio Production Techniques

VMG 422 Non-Linear Editing – Apple MAC Computer

VMG 487 Video Motion Graphics Senior Project

VMG 490 Video Motion Graphics Internship

The following courses are prerequisites for a degree in Video Motion Graphics - Visual Effects:

VMG 100 Camera and Cinematography

VMG 102 The Production Process

VMG 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

VFX 110 Digital Filmmaking for Visual Effects

VFX 200 Introduction to Compositing for Visual Effects


Note:  

Some courses have prerequisites and should be taken in the correct sequence.  If your associate's degree is in an academic discipline different than the one you plan to study at Wilmington University, you may be required to take additional courses to ensure your success in your chosen program of study.