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1 or 2 Year Program (2 yrs recommended)
3D Animation/Modeling Video Game Design/Development 2D Art
Graduate from high school with employability skills related to your educational and career goals
Imagination in Your Hands!
In the IT class you can choose from 4 fields of study:
3D Graphic Design: Movies
Do you want to learn about the movie industry, principles of animation, and typical creation-to-completion process used in the industry? Students that want to create aspects of a movie, 3D animations, are creative, and enjoy being part of a group do well in the 3D graphic design – movie section of class.
3D Graphic Design: Video Games
Have you ever wanted to make art and animation for video games? If so, you will learn about creating objects and optimizing them for different gaming platforms, the video game industry itself, use of materials, and how to be successful working in a group environment.
Graphic Design: 2D
Graphic designers that focus on 2 dimensional art in class are going to be learning about logo design, marketing, layout, illustration, and general graphic design among many other things. Students that like to draw, are creative, have an inclination for marketing and consumer psychology, and enjoy working on computers do very well in the 2D section of class.
Video Games Development
Are you interested in creating the functionality in video games? Do you have a video game idea that you would like to turn into a reality? Students will learn about programming code best practices, file structure, working with assets, and optimizing games for different platforms. Successful video game programming students have a high attention to detail, are good problem solvers, are creative, and work well in groups.
Quick Industry Stats
- Average number of available jobs from 2012 – 2013 for graphic designers in Maine: 50+.
- Average number of available jobs from 2012 – 2013 for programmers in Maine: 50+.
- In May 2013 there were 1380 full time employed software developers and 613 graphic designers in Maine.
- Average salary for a graphic designer in 2013 in Maine: $39,890.
- Average salary for a programmer in 2013 in Maine: $81,640.
- 58% of Americans play video games.
- The average age of a video game player is 30.
- There are almost 5,000 people making video games in Massachusetts, the 5th highest employment rate in the country.
- The national average for a 3D artist in the movie industry is over $50,000.
- Currently, there are over 5 colleges in New England that offer degree programs for 3D graphic design and/or video game design.
- Boston has over 60 gaming companies developing animations for entertainment, medical, and architectural needs.
The IT class is an advanced lab with self-paced tasks, collabrative work, and high standards. You may preview the lab with advanced notice and associate with some of our highly qualified students.
Career Paths: Graphic Artist, 3D Animator, Video Game Designer, Self-Employment, Software Developer, Marketing; dozens of others.
You will have opportunities in the IT Lab not found elsewhere in UTC’s school districts.
3 high school credits for each year and college credits while still in high school
- New England Institute of Technology
- VGD244 Unity I class (4 credits)
Dual Enrollment Agreements:
- Eastern Maine Community College
- Introduction to Adobe Photoshop DGD 113
- Introduction to Adobe Illustrator DGD 220
For a complete list of the Program of Studies Agreements, please click here.
- Preparation for Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop CS4/CS5 certification
- Preparation for Adobe Certified Associate Dreamweaveer CS4/CS5 certification
- Preparation for Adobe Certified Associate Flash CS4/CS5 certification
- OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Safety & Health Certificate
Colleges and post-secondary programs affiliated with this program include, but are not limited to:
- *Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts
- *University of Maine Systems
- *Maine Community College System
- *Husson University and/or NESCom
- *Full Sail University
- *Champlain College (Vermont)
- Marist College (New York)
- *The Art Institues (Boston, Massachusetts & Tennessee)
- *Ringling School of Art & Design (Florida)
- University of Tampa (Florida)
- *England Institute of Technology
- *University of New Brunswick (Canada)
- *New England Institute of Technology (Rhode Island)
- *Living Arts College (North Carolina)
- *Maine College of Arts
- Maine Maritime
- *University of Virginia Graphic Design (foreign exchange student…Norway)
- *Numont University (Utah)
- *New Hampshire School of Design
- Savannah College of Design (Georgia)
- Worcester Polytech Institute (Massachusetts)
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Digipen (Washington State)
- *Collins College (Arizona)
* Denotes students attending, attended, or have already graduated
UTC and the IT Class is proudly a C++ Institute Academy.
Pre-requisite Academic Courses:
- Ability to read, comprehend, & write at a high school level
- Intermediate computer proficiency (including file management)
- HTML 4.0/5.0
- Art Class Beneficial
This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri from 8:30 am to 1:45 pm.
This course is held at United Technologies Center .
Course ID: IT