Breathe new life into graphic design by earning an online BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts with a concentration in 3D Modeling and Animation. As the field of graphic arts leaps beyond traditional design, artists with cutting-edge skills are in high demand to create visual content for video games, animated web content, movies and other media.
In this program, you'll focus on 3D sculpting workflow, including:
In a blend of form and function, you'll be taught by award-winning creative faculty using industry-standard software, including the Adobe Creative Suite and Autodesk's Maya and Mudbox. You'll graduate with leading skills that extend your proficiency - and marketability - in industries such as game arts, digital animation, interior design and web development.
SNHU’s 3D modeling and animation degree gives you the skill set to be a player in the multidimensional design world. You’ll explore the stages of game models, including observational and conceptual drawing. You’ll master the basics of modeling using a wide range of techniques. You’ll also study the 12 principles of animation and learn to skin and rig a character. Better yet, you’ll create hands-on projects using emerging technology and be well prepared to take on jobs in game development, advertising, marketing, virtual education and other fields that use graphics to provide spectacular interactive experiences.
Demand is booming for graphic designers with leading-edge training. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment rates for designers with experience in computer systems design and related services are projected to grow 20% between now and 2026.*
Coursework for the 3D modeling and animation degree begins with the full design course of study, which blends theory and practice, and culminates in cutting-edge courses in digital sculpting and 3-D character animation. Students will learn to master Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk, Mudbox and other software, tools and apps designed for creative professionals.
Through the 3D graphic design program, you'll have the chance to practice working with the tools used in the field by professional designers. By the end of the program, you'll have a digital portfolio you can share with potential employers or clients.
SNHU's bachelor's in 3D modeling and animation program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Students enrolled in the Graphic Design and Media Arts programs (and associated concentrations) are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum system hardware, software, and photography equipment required in the courses in the program. System requirements often change, so it is important that students maintain awareness of the various minimum hardware requirements for the required software listed below.
The below computer specifications are recommended for students to meet the minimum system requirements of the software programs required for download in the program. Student discounts are available, your academic advisor will provide details.
Digital Camera (required in FAS-226, recommended for students to use throughout the program):
Please note that for students pursuing the BA in Digital Photography or the 3D Modeling and Animation concentration will need to be responsible for additional requirements.
Adobe Creative Cloud is required by all students in the Graphic Design and Media Arts program. Creative Cloud licenses are available at an educational discount directly through Adobe
Please note that Adobe’s terms and conditions require a full year contract for Creative Cloud.
The following software programs will be required for use in the 3D Modeling and Animation concentration courses (these include GRA-201, GRA-202, GRA-211, and GRA-212). Please note that system requirements may change without notice. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet the minimum system requirements for these programs.
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite (includes Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, and Mudbox).
Students can download these products for free under an educational agreement through Autodesk.
Please note that some Autodesk products included in the Entertainment Creation Suite may be available for Apple® Mac OS® X operating systems. Students may elect to run non-native software (most notably 3ds Max) on Windows® through Apple's Boot Camp® or Parallels Desktop® systems. Students who wish to purchase Windows® 10 may do so through Microsoft's student-only discount.
Adobe Creative Cloud (includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and more)
Students can download these products for a reduced monthly cost of $19.99 through Adobe (please note that a 12-month contract is required by Adobe).
System Requirements (requirements below are listed for Photoshop and Illustrator. For a full list of system specifications, please review Adobe's site.)
Operating System (PC): Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Professional or Windows 10 Professional operating system
Operating System (Mac): Mac OS® X v10.8, v10.9, v10.10, v10.11, v10.12, v10.13, or v10.14
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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