Video & Motion Graphics

Bachelor of Science

About This Program

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.

CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Video and Motion Graphics (VMG) degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a co‑op assignment. The co-op option for VMG is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students can complete their VMG degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the co-op option or not. Because each co-op experience is individually designed, 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.

Program Competencies

In addition to satisfying the University's undergraduate graduation competencies, students will have an advanced level of applicable knowledge in the following areas, as appropriate to one’s field of study:

Students in the Video and Motion Graphics Program will:

  • 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 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 the 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.

Students in the Digital Film Track will be able to:

  • Produce film-style narrative, news, documentary, and commercial based programs
  • Understand the production process; and
  • Produce, direct, and contribute on productions and understand their roles.

Students in the Motion Graphics and 3D Track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of design and its importance in the world of communications and technology;
  • Understand the asset creation and management needed by Motion Graphics Artists;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of motion graphics and how it fits into the overall produced program through themes, colors, style attributes, and purpose;
  • Integrate various forms of media into meaningful and complete segments; and
  • Understand current technology and software needed by professionals in the field.

Students in the Visual Effects (VFX) Track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of design and its importance in the world of communications and technology;
  • Understand the necessary pre-production and production considerations when taking on a visual effects project;
  • Work with complex motion tracking and camera tracking software;
  • Guide projects as part of a team or as an individual;
  • Demonstrate complex integration of live action and computer generated imagery;
  • Demonstrate knowledge in using particles, 3D, and matte paintings in a segment that is consistent with the rest of the produced program; and
  • Understand current technology and software needed by professionals in the field.

Program Design

The philosophy of the Video and Motion Graphics program is closely aligned with its instructional format. The program is organized through a series of coordinated fifteen and seven-week courses and is scheduled to accommodate the needs of traditional and non-traditional students busy lives, while pursuing the degree. The program design permits students to complete the requirements for the program at their own pace. Classes are typically scheduled on weeknights and Saturdays at the New Castle Campus.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.