Master of Arts in Visual Development
Academy of Art University

Program Details

The Academy of Art University offers an online graphic design degree, the Master of Arts in Visual Development.  This program provides professional development a field that is key to production, setting the artistic design and moods for images in entertainment.  The curriculum offers advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, and more.  Students are able to take advanced courses in animation design layout and also learn other core skills needed by professional visual developers. 

Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate strong drawing and compositional skills
  • Understand lighting, composition, and space
  • Conduct visual research for design solutions
  • Apply color and design elements consistent with the film’s overall look
  • Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling
  • Create professional presentations to pitch ideas

An emphasis is available in Entertainment Art.


  • An undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
  • Personal resume
  • Other admission materials may be required

School Accreditation Statement

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

WASC Senior College and University Commission