Graphic Design & Animation

BACHELOR OF ARTS

The Graphic Design and Animation BA is for students who can capture reality as they see it and transform it into textures, shapes, patterns, and the sensible distribution of colors via technology. We are looking for students who can take the raw matter of reality and give it aesthetic order.

Now, more than ever, our reality is one rich in visual images, thanks in large part to increasing tech progress and ever-shifting methods of communication. Several industries are opening new doors for visually creative artists. This is why even if, thus far, you have relied only on traditional methods to express your artistic style, our program will help you transition to the latest technologies so that you might express your creativity equally effectively.

Degree Requirements

The BA in Graphic Design and Animation degree is a four-year degree program.

In their first and to some extent their second years, students will focus on completion of the University’s General Education Program (42 US / 84 ECTS credits), with the introduction of specialized courses in language and culture. In the third and fourth years, students will focus increasingly on topics relevant to their major. To earn a Bachelor’s degree, students must satisfactorily complete at least 120 US / 240 ECTS credits, fulfill all the requirements for the Graphic Design and Animation degree, and achieve a CGPA of 2.00 or higher.

The degree is designed to be completed in four years, assuming students make satisfactory progress toward the degree and do not interrupt their study. Details about leave of absence, standards of progress, and maximum time allowed to complete course can be found in the American University of Malta’s Catalog.

Careers for students who are well-versed in visual arts are on the rise. Our degree in Graphic Design and Animation preps students to take up roles in:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Game art
  • Book design
  • Web design
  • Print
  • Motion graphics
  • Poster design
  • Typography
  • Multimedia
  • Visual Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Information Design

4-Year Degree Plan Outline

SEMESTER I

CREDITS

  • ENG 101

    3
    English Composition 101
  • MAT 101

    3
    Introduction to Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics
  • HIS 101

    3
    History of the Mediterranean
  • GRD 101

    3
    Introduction to Visual Design
  • 3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER II

CREDITS

  • ENG 102

    3
    English Composition 2
  • BIO 101

    4
    Unity of Life
  • REL 101

    3
    Religious Worlds in Comparative Perspective
  • GRD 111

    3
    Drawing and Visualization

TOTAL:   13

SEMESTER I

CREDITS

  • COM 101

    3
    Introduction to Multicultural Communication
  • PHY 101

    4
    Introduction to the Physical Universe, OR
  • CHE 101

    Introduction to Chemistry
  • PSY 101

    3
    Introduction to Psychology
  • ATH 101

    3
    Arts of the Mediterranean
  • GRD 201

    3
    Figure Drawing and Anatomy

TOTAL:   16

SEMESTER II

CREDITS

  • PHI 101

    3
    Introduction to Philosophy
  • SOC 101

    3
    Introduction to Sociology
  • ATH 201

    3
    World Art History
  • GRD 211

    3
    Digital Art Tools
  • 3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER I

CREDITS

  • GRD 301

    3
    Time, Image, Sound
  • GRD 311

    3
    Painting and Color
  • GRD 321

    4
    Design and Modeling
  • GRD 331

    4
    Animation I: Motion and Methods
  • PHI 102

    3
    Applied Ethics

TOTAL:   17

SEMESTER II

CREDITS

  • GRD 341

    4
    3D Character Animation
  • GRD 351

    4
    Animation II: Production
  • GRD 361

    4
    Graphic Design I: Typography
  • GRD 371

    4
    Storyboarding and Narrative

TOTAL:   16

SEMESTER I

CREDITS

  • GRD 411

    3
    Graphic Design II: Visual Problem Solving
  • GRD 421

    4
    Motion Graphics
  • GRD 431

    4
    Visual Design for Games
  • GRD 461

    4
    Thesis Project I

TOTAL:   16

SEMESTER II

CREDITS

  • GRD 441

    4
    Graphic Design III: Web Design
  • GRD 451

    4
    Interdisciplinary Game Project
  • GRD 462

    4
    Thesis Project II

TOTAL:   12

Graphic Design and Animation

Program Total

120 Credits

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