School of Media and Design

3D Animation & Game Design

The 3D Animation & Game Design program at the University of the Incarnate Word (3D@UIW) is designed to provide students with the design and technical training in preparation of a career in the film, TV or video game industries.

The department uses state of the art facilities to make sure that the appropriate hardware and software training is taking place. However, the true focus is upon design and story-telling principles - the skills that truly allow students to gain and keep employment as the industry continues to evolve and change.

Career Opportunities

3D Animation:

  • Movies / TV
  • Special Effects
  • Video Game Production
  • Visualization

Courses or Curriculum

Basic Core Courses:

  • Orientation to 3D Animation & Game Design
  • Introduction to 3D Animation & Game Design
  • Set & Level Design & Modeling
  • Digital Imaging & Texture Painting
  • Anatomy for the Animator
  • Figure Drawing for Animators
  • Character Modeling
  • Advanced Set & Level Design
  • Rigging & Animation
  • Advanced Character Creation & Animation
  • History of Animation

Advanced Core Courses:

  • Production I & II
  • Visual Narrative Conventions
  • Senior Thesis Workshop
  • Programming for Games
  • Senior Thesis Production I & II
  • Co-Op Internship
  • Advanced Projects Practicum
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Business of Animation & Game Design


Adam Watkins, Professor
MFA – Utah State University


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