In the past, visual effects in movies and on television were relatively primitive. Most early movie and television viewers, accustomed to making their own “mind pictures” to accompany radio broadcasts, had no trouble incorporating unrealistic special effects into the suspension of reality necessary to enjoy a video broadcast. Even special effects which seem to our modern eyes hopelessly unreal were received with enthusiasm by these early audiences.
In the past sixty years, however, the entire world of video has changed. Today’s audiences demand seamless special effects and video that looks and feels real. The incorporation of computer technology into the video field has changed forever the way that audiences view video and what they expect from it.
In order to meet the growing demand for video technology, new degrees have sprung up that educate students in how to create realistic special effects and video that appeal to these audiences.
What is a Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Degree?
The field of graphic design was once dominated by static images, but more employers are demanding knowledge in moving visual. Therefore, several schools have pioneered degrees in visual effects and motion graphics.
One such example is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics. Although the course details can vary between institutions, many schools emphasize study in areas that prepare students to examine their creative processes. This can mean study of such areas as color theory; how to incorporate sound and typography into videos; appropriate hardware and software to create video; master lighting, shooting, and broadcasting techniques, 3D work and more.
Many vocational schools offer some form of video degree, but students should be careful that the school they choose will cover the most forward-thinking techniques and skills in order to avoid being behind the hiring curve when they graduate.
Where Can I Work With A Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Degree?
Obvious employment opportunities for a graduate with a visual effects and motion graphics degree include television and movie studios. However, these graduates can also work for corporations to make videos, with non-profit agencies, or for the government.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers of all types work about evenly in specialized design services, newspaper and publishing companies, advertising and public relations, and computer design services. Visual effects designers may find work in all of these fields as more companies turn to the internet rather than static print media to reach the public.
A degree in visual effects and motion graphics may not only be the key to great job opportunities, but also the chance for a creative person to exercise that artistic talent in an exciting and fun career that will always be changing and presenting new challenges for the serious artist.