This area of emphasis covers all aspects of 3D production, along with a strong visual art foundation. It is ideal for students who desire a breadth of knowledge. Students following this curricular grid have many opportunities to choose elected courses where emphasized study is desired.

Gnomon’s 3D Generalist curriculum offers students an extensive and in-depth skill set relevant to the demands of the industry.

  • Foundational 3D education across multiple areas of study
  • Technical training with a focus on tools, processes, and workflow
  • In-depth training of industry software such as Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, After Effects, Nuke, Mari, and more
  • Flexibility to customize assignments to fit your desired emphasis
  • Opportunities to create and collaborate on demo reel projects
  • Various options for elective courses
  • Financial aid eligible for those who qualify

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Applications for the 2018 Winter Term are due Friday, October 27th, 2017  Apply Now

2-Year Curriculum Note: This is a sample curriculum and is subject to change.

Term 1
  • Introduction to 3D with Maya
  • Photoshop for Digital Production
  • Texturing and Shading 1
  • Drawing Fundamentals 1
  • Storyboarding
  • Overview of Visual Effects and Games
Term 2
  • Hard Surface Modeling 1
  • Introduction to Compositing
  • Texturing and Shading 2
  • Animation and Visual Effects 1
  • History and Principles of Animation
  • Character Sculpture 1
Term 3
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Hard Surface Modeling 2
  • Lighting and Rendering 1
  • Animation and Visual Effects 2
  • Character Animation 1
  • Anatomy for Artists
Term 4
  • Character Modeling and Sculpting
  • Character Animation 2
  • Lighting and Rendering 2
  • Art of Compositing
  • Digital Photography
  • Visual Structure
Term 5
  • Dynamic Effects 1
  • Lighting and Rendering 3
  • Character Rigging Fundamentals
  • HD Digital Filmmaking for Visual Effects
  • Expressions and Scripting
  • Advanced Compositing
Term 6
  • Dynamic Effects 2
  • Houdini 1
  • Character Rigging for Production
  • Matchmoving and Integration
  • Lighting and Rendering 4
  • Previsualization and Animatics
Term 7
  • Demo Reel (6 Credits)
  • Career Realities
  • Look Development
  • Elective
  • Reel Lab 1
  • Reel Lab 2
  • Reel Lab 3
Term 8
  • Demo Reel (6 Credits)
  • Portfolio and Résumé Workshop
  • Digital Matte Painting
  • Elective
  • Reel Lab 4
  • Reel Lab 5
  • Reel Lab 6

Alumni Success Stories

Gnomon strives to place graduates into their dream jobs right out of school. Our 2016 employment rates of 100%* for our 2-Year Certificate in Digital Production program means that Gnomon consistently supplies Hollywood’s studios with the talent they need.

*Percentage reflects the average employment rate of Gnomon’s vocational programs in accordance with national accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Visit our Consumer Disclosures for more information.

"Not only does Gnomon train you with state-of-the-art tools but more importantly, they train you in the art and fundamentals of creating visually stunning imagery. In an industry where the tools and software are constantly changing, I feel like that is the key reason Gnomon rises above all other schools."

Mike Zhang — Alumnus
Lighting TD at Sony Pictures Imageworks

"The two year program made for an intensive lifestyle of art and collaboration, and learning as much about design, film, and 3D as possible. Its well rounded and relevant curriculum set me up to be a successful visual effects artist."

Ryan Calloway — Alumnus
Senior Digital Artist at Industrial Light and Magic