Students Gain Experience From Working Professionals

Since it’s launch in 2004, the Digital Effects and Animation Technology program has offered instruction from working professionals in the field of visual Effects, video production and motion graphic design, 3D animation and computer art. Students will create a professional portfolio website before graduating from the program so they can compete for a wide variety of entry level media production jobs. Students are also advised in the various career path options after graduating including gaining up to one year of full time credit to UNC Asheville’s New Media degree program. WPCC is the only NC community college to house both Digital Effects and Animation Technology A.A.S. degree and the Simulation and Game Development A.A.S. degree. Having both programs at one college allows for great collaborative projects and increased options for student skills sets in both programs.

DEAT and SGD Programs at WPCC

Students Keep Active in Media Production Projects

Students in both the DEAT and SGD programs have participated in the Asheville 48 hour film competition since it’s beginning in 2005. The 48 Hour Film Project is a competition where filmmaking teams write, shoot, edit and produce a movie in just 48 hours. Teams draw a genre from a hat and are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. In a wild dash to complete the film and submit it on time, films are dropped off in Asheville and teams celebrate their accomplishment! The film is then screened at a local Asheville theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.