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Computer art is often considered a creative discipline that is driven by machines, not people, by technicians, not artists. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like all visual arts, success is found in the strength of the concept, the story and the vision as well as the craft. Yet, there is no escaping the technical challenges in computer art. To succeed, you must keep pace with a changing set of tools and be aware of the new creative possibilities that are presented with each technical advance.

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The Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department at SVA provides the finest technical instruction available in a broad range of applications. The faculty members are working professionals with industry insights. Their creative expertise includes digital design, imaging, digital video production, motion graphics, compositing and computer animation. The applications they teach include Adobe's Creative Suite Package (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, After Effects), DVD Studio Pro and Autodesk Maya.

Our curriculum spans introductory to advanced courses in page layout, image manipulation, Web design and compositing, as well as 3D modeling and animation for film and video. Course schedules range from weekend workshops to full-semester courses. Our goal is to provide you with the best instruction in the most effective way to fit both your creative and professional needs.

Courses are listed by category: The Basics; Imaging, Design and Desktop Publishing; Web Design and Development; Motion Graphics and Visual Effects; Computer Animation.

Information Session

Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Information Session
One night: Tuesday, August 26
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Are you considering a career change and want to learn where to begin? Or have you been thinking about taking courses and are curious to see what our facilities have to offer? Join our faculty for an evening of fun and inspiration. We will begin with an overview of the Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department, followed by a presentation to highlight some of our course offerings. Participants are encouraged to speak with our instructors about their work and any courses.
NOTE: This information session will be held at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 301C, 3rd floor. Seating is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Session begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
MODERATOR: JIMMY CALHOUN, curriculum coordinator, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department.



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