"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Academy of Art University offers an innovative curriculum that emphasizes the skills needed to succeed in the growing field of visual development. Visual development artists communicate narrative, thematic and design ideas using visual media. They design and stage stories based on a script with effective camera choices that enhance the development and mood of the story. Visual development is key to visualizing complex movie scenes before filming.
The Visual Development program offers students a solid grasp of all fundamental visual development principles and is designed to create a well-rounded education in the arts. Emphasis is placed on mastery of traditional, technical and conceptual abilities, as well as an emotional response, in all aspects of the visual development process. The program fosters a strong development of the individual's style as well as a wide range of methods to transform their traditional skills into those reflecting the breadth of the updated industry technology. Students will become skilled at the full range of tasks related to visual development from concept to post production enhancing their creativity, problem solving and professionalism.
Students will create unique portfolios that demonstrate not only a personal style, but also a wide range of styles. Emphasis is placed on creating a portfolio that demonstrates functionality of all design elements, perspective, composition, figure drawing, background and environment design, concept and storytelling, effective use of color to convey feeling and mood, and mastery of technique, both traditional and digital. Industry standards, marketability and professional presentation are also stressed and will be evident in graduate's portfolios.