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Character Art

Program Description

Students will study an interdisciplinary approach to character art with classes in modelling, storyboarding, and narrative. This concentration will prepare students for AAA, indie, or a career in other industries that use these tools such as film, theater, advertising, and communications.

Course Requirements


ENG 120 Expository Writing (English Composition 1)

ENG 220 Writing About Literature (English Composition 2)

RUSS 293 Folklore: A Comparative Study (World Cultures & Global Issues)

HIS 3209 History of Technology (US History)

COM 2404 Interpersonal Communication (Individual & Society)

CHEM 1012 Chemistry in the Arts and Archaeology (Scientific World)

ART 109 Observation and the Visual Experience (Creative Expression)

MATH 101 College Algebra [or higher] (Math)

Any Lab Science Course*

Any Additional Flexible Core


SCI 31106 Game Design 1

SCI 31921 Games and Their History: Game Systems Analysis

SCI 31920  Intro to Game Programming

SCI 31923 Game Programming 2

HIM 210 Introduction to Spreadsheets


COMD 1123 - Foundation Drawing

COMD 1223 - Figure Drawing

COMD 1162 - Raster and Vector Graphics

ART 321 Computer Modeling and Design I

ART 322 Computer Modeling and Design II

ARTD. 2822 The Illusion of Life

COMD 3313 Illustration I: Basic Principles

COMD 3523 Storyboard Concepts

COMD 3413 Character Design

ART 201 Life Drawing

DESN 370 VT: Special Topics in Design

DD 107 Concepts in Animation

ART 183 Sculpture Studio I

ART 285 Figure Sculpture I 

THTR 240 Stage Combat 

FNES 227  Fashion, Society, and the Individual

Elective Choices

Any course from other 3D concentrations, other studio art courses, design courses, and the following:

HUM 201 Explorations in the Arts 

PHILO 258 Aesthetics

FD 1100 Fashion Sketching for Fashion Designers 

THEA 390 Costume, Fashion, and Cultural Studies

Students in CHAR should consider one of the following clusters:

  • Advocacy & Organizing

  • Belief Systems

  • 2D Animation

  • Global Narratives

  • Non-Major Narrative

Featured Course Descriptions

ARTD 2822 - The Illusion of Life 

3D character animation introduction. Foundation principles of character development. Concept sheets and storyboards. Creation of models, texturing, rigging and rendering for 3D time-based media where the illusion of life is desired. Readings, lectures, and demonstrations.

ART 201 - Life Drawing

Form, structure, volume, movement, and composition pertaining to the human figure. Review of the human form as represented throughout history.

FNES 227 - Fashion, Society, and the Individual

This multidisciplinary course will address the individual's identity in society as expressed through fashion and the body. An individual's choice of fashion will be explored through the complexities surrounding gender, local and global nationalities, ethnicity, class, and religion.

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