3D Digital Visualization Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA)

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Course Requirements 


VIZ1100 Architectural Visualization

3 Credits

Provides a foundation in the graphic language used to represent interior spaces by using drafting techniques and the proper use of drafting materials and tools. Introduces AutoCAD as a drafting tool. Topics include floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, sections, perspectives, standard symbols, scale and line weight.                      

VIZ1101 Photoshop and Digital Graphics I 

3 Credits      

Explores the role of designing visual graphics. With the introduction of Adobe Photoshop, digital concepts, processes, and creativity, the course focus is to create original graphics for promotion and marketing materials.

VIZ1102 Illustrator and Digital Graphics II   

3 Credits       

A continuation from Photoshop and Digital Graphic I. Students explore Photoshop and image manipulation techniques. Introduces Adobe Illustrator for the use of print, and web services, original graphics for artboards, and marketing materials.   

Prerequisite: VIZ1101                                              

VIZ1110 Sketching and Color Composition

3 Credits 

Introduces the development of basic freehand sketches. This course emphasizes quick sketch techniques and rapid 3-D visualization. Students learn a variety of drawing media, rendering techniques and color theory and fundamentals for visually communicating design concepts.                                                      

VIZ1111 Graphic Design Principles I     

3 Credits   

Introduces two-dimensional design and color theory and their relational aspects. Explores the elements and principles of design, color, and light in the creative process. Students learn about the design process, from concept to completion, and explore the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator.

VIZ1120 Conceptual Design     

3 Credits     

Introduces the principles and elements of design. This course emphasizes conceptual analysis and problem solution in two-and three-dimensional design. Students examine the psychological and cultural impact of form, space, and volume in making appropriate design decisions.                                                            

VIZ1121 3D Design and Modeling 

3 Credits   

Introduces the principles and applications of design as it relates to the synthesis of three-dimensional form, space, light, shadow, relief, and motion. The relationship of material and form and its application to packaging are explored. Subjects range from man-made geometric forms to architecture and nature.        

Prerequisite: VIZ1110

VIZ1150 CAD I     

3 Credits   

Students learn to use advanced CAD skills to create and edit plans, elevations, and section views of designs for use in design studies and presentations. Students also learn 3D modeling, presentation techniques, drawing organization, and other techniques used in professional practice. 

Prerequisite: VIZ1100                                                                      

VIZ2200 CAD II       

3 Credits

Instructs students in the use of Advanced 3D modeling and rendering tools to create, manipulate, and render three dimensional views of interior spaces. Students master modeling, materials, and lighting to develop striking renderings of their design solutions. 

Prerequisite: VIZ1150

VIZ2201 Graphic Design Principles II   

3 Credits        

Integrates the skills acquired in Graphic Design Principles I. Incorporates typography and graphics to create effective communication design from concept through completion. The course utilizes industry standard software.

Prerequisite: VIZ1111

VIZ2260 Architectural Construction and Methods I         

3 Credits    

Studies the relationship between Interior Design and Architectural systems. Topics include construction methods and materials. This course covers foundation, floor and wall systems; construction techniques and building materials; and elements of site analysis, regulatory factors, and zoning ordinances.

Prerequisite: VIZ1150                                   

VIZ2290 Lighting 

3 Credits    

Introduces the student to the basic principles of lighting design. This will include technical, sustainable, and creative aspects of producing reflected ceiling plans and integrating light into the fabric of architecture. This course also covers the design and model making process of light fixtures.                      

Prerequisite: VIZ1150                        

VIZ3320 Graphic Design Principles III and Game Development     

3 Credits   

Integrates the skills acquired in the foundation courses and conceptual abilities developed in Graphic Design Principles II. Emphasis is on developing design thinking and building visual problem-solving skills. Students are introduced to Motion Graphics and Game Design Graphics.   

Prerequisite: VIZ2201

VIZ3350 Architectural Construction and Methods II       

3 Credits      

Builds on the concepts presented in Architectural Construction and Methods I. Students are introduced to the various components and systems used in the construction and assembly of buildings. Types, differences, and features of interior environmental systems as well as traffic circulation systems are discussed.

Prerequisite: VIZ2260                              

VIZ3360 Packaging Design I   

3 Credits      

Incorporates the history, purpose, types, materials, environmental considerations, symbols, labels, and security measures of packaging. Students study packaging as a new product development process, explore graphic design for marketing options, and produce models with industry standard specifications sheets.

Prerequisite: VIZ2201

VIZ3370 CAD III: Working Drawings     

3 Credits      

Teaches students to create industry standard construction drawings used by the trade to build and renovate spaces. Symbols, graphic notations, sections, details, and schedules are taught to be used in the proper representation of their designs as legal documents for construction.      

Prerequisite: VIZ3350                                                      

VIZ3380 Furniture Design   

3 Credits   

Covers basic principles and techniques of designing furniture implementing creativity, functionality, materials, and construction documents. Focuses on the understanding of the design processes, as well as manufacturing techniques of furniture making and human factors for responsible design. Through a series of design projects the student will learn to use sketching and technical drawing skills, model making, and 3D prototyping.   

Prerequisite: VIZ3350          

VIZ4470 Special Topics     

3 Credits   

This course is a prerequisite to the capstone project which provides instruction in individual design program development. Students research, develop and analyze data specific to their selected area of study. The approved program developed in this course will be used as the basis of design for continuation of the project in VIZ4460 Capstone Project.

Prerequisite: VIZ3320

VIZ4401 Animation Foundations     

3 Credits         

Explores the foundation of animation, including the basic concepts of animation and what makes things move. This course covers X, Y, and Z planes; keyframes; animation paths; hierarchies; pivots and rotation; and the importance of timing.        

Prerequisite: VIZ3320

VIZ4410 Career Management 

3 Credits       

Explores job requirements, avenues for career development opportunities, and strategies for successful career management. This course covers resume writing, interviewing, professional organizations and the importance of professionalism in the industry. Students prepare documents needed to pursue job opportunities including a professional design portfolio.         

Prerequisite: VIZ3370

VIZ4420 Game Design             

3 Credits     

Introduces the theory and practice of game creation and design for interactive home entertainment, arcade games, education, and multiplayer online environments. Students study the history, genres, technology, organization, psychology, and story of games. Students will then gain mastery over the Unity 3D engine.             

Prerequisite: VIZ2201

VIZ4460 Capstone Project     

3 Credits       

Continues the research and design of the design project based upon the project type approved in VIZ4470 Special Topics. Students apply all of the skills and knowledge developed throughout their course of study in 3D Digital Visualization with the help of a faculty mentor. This course is taken in a student’s senior year.

Prerequisite: VIZ4470

VIZ4483 Internship       

3 Credits    

Provides a field-based internship experience where students acquire career/professional skills within the design industry under the direction of a mentor, who provides necessary guidance/direction to meet job requirements. Student interns meet/communicate weekly with a faculty instructor to assess/evaluate their programs. Prerequisite: Departmental permission     

Prerequisite: Department permission

3D Digital Visualization Electives – 9 Credits


ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres.

Prerequisite: ENG1105

ENG3316 The Confident Writer 

3 Credits

Explores a wide variety of non-fiction writing genres, including personal profile, journalism, criticism, and more. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while also reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

MAT2211 College Algebra

3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to solving problems by using geometric and algebraic approaches. Topics include the Cartesian coordinate system, linear equations, absolute value, rational and exponential functions, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities, logarithms, and polynomials.

Prerequisite: CSK85 or placement-based score

HUM2225 Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the perspectives of various schools of thought and encourages students’ own critical thinking on ethical and moral issues in dialogue with others.

SOC1123 First Year Experience

3 Credits

Explores the challenges students most frequently face in pursuing and achieving a college degree. Students will identify their own perceived challenges, share critical insights to meeting them, and implement their own plan of action to address and overcome such challenges.

SOC2231 Human Relations

3 Credits

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.                                                           

Liberal Arts Electives - 9 Credits

Humanities Elective - 3 Credits 

Mathematics/Science Elective - 3 Credits

English/Science Elective - 3 Credits

Social Science Elective - 3 Credits


*12 credits of Liberal Arts Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

The onsite program requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $300.00.

The online program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $515.00.

Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at http://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2023-2024/admissions/undergraduate-degree-program-tuition-fees-2023-2024/index.html