Our desire to convey expressive motion has pushed us to develop our arts and technology skills since prehistory. Our artistic visions have to work within the technology available to us, but this inspires innovation in both areas. Professionals in the animation and special effects industries work closely with each other to urge this innovation forward. Students in the Animation and Special Effects concentration will study the interconnected components of performance capture, rendering, 3D and 2D animation, and special effects. They will merge arts and technology perspectives in all courses to explore each of these components and the area of digital animation as a whole. Through common repositories across courses and collaborative projects, students will explore how the different components and types of expertise come together to create a convincing computer animated experience. Students in this concentration will also be able to connect to other IDEATE courses to explore applications of digital animation in different contexts (games, interactive environments etc.) and to integrate other key areas of knowledge (narrative, sound) into digital animation projects. After completing a portal course, students may select three (or four, for a minor) courses from the collaborative studios and the supportive courses. Students should contact the IDeATe advisor to discuss curriculum and to make a loose plan of study.