Exciting new majors in animation, design and media

Calling all creators

Are you passionate about producing something innovative? From web design to computer animation, our programs from the College of Communication and Design are designed to challenge you in ways you've never imagined. 

Student animators in the visual effects course.
Computer animation

Become a master storyteller and unleash your inner animator.

Is animation your passion? If the answer is yes, this is the perfect bachelor's program for you. In the computer animation program, you'll delve into screenplay writing, storyboarding, 3D modeling, cinematic lighting, technical direction and more. Plus, you'll create portfolios that showcase your perspectives while capturing your best work. 

Here's a preview of the courses you will take: 

CA 270 3D Modeling I
Learn techniques and the software used to model hard surface structures. In this course you will work from designs to produce 3D visualization of products. Concepts unique to models that can be output to real objects will be introduced. Prerequisite: Introduction to 3D Animation. 

CG 145 Storyboarding Process 
Learn how to prepare storyboards for the illustration of story advancement and the communication of concepts in a visually dynamic way.

CA 150 Digital Imaging and Painting
Use 2D and 3D photo/painting tools to gain an understanding of scanning for texture mapping techniques, image manipulation, and the printing and mounting of files for presentation.

Students design
Graphic and web design

Study advanced topics like design management, web applications, advanced motion graphics and more. 

In this M.F.A. program, you will learn advanced topics like design management, web applications, advanced motion graphics and much more. And while you are learning this, you’ll build and maintain a real website. 

Here's a preview of the courses you will take: 

CGD 560 Web Design Technology
Gain exposure to processes and advanced techniques of preparing a successful web design. Focus on advanced electronic layout, utilizing WYSIWYG HTML editor, navigation and interactivity. Course assignments require the application of computers as a professional tool to achieve creative layout development and image manipulations.

WD 670 Advanced Web Technology
Expand your understanding of web page design and development through advanced scripting languages, concepts and basic database integration. Learn how to implement Java script and AJAX to create interactive standards based web pages. A heavy emphasis on CSS styling will be used throughout the course. You will also experiment with Content Management Systems (CMS) to enable end-users to add dynamic data.

WD 610 Advanced Motion Graphics
Address advanced techniques and expand on previously learned fundamentals with motion graphics. Apply all graphic methodology previously mastered to create animation within your design through the use of typography, sound and imagery.

Students taking graphic design classes on Lynn campus.
Graphic design

Captivate audiences by learning the latest graphic design techniques using advanced software and publishing tools. 

In the graphic design program, you have the option to earn your associate's or bachelor's degree. In the associate's program, you will learn the latest graphic design techniques using advanced software. Or, enroll in the bachelor's program to learn more advanced graphic design techniques and help take your career to the next level. 

Here's a preview of the courses you will take:

CGD 112 Basic Graphic Design 
Understand the basic elements of design theory using imaginative thinking to solve communication problems. Classroom instruction and visual media provide an extensive introduction to professional design. 

CGD 115 Raster Imaging I 
Achieve basic knowledge and skills in Adobe Photoshop. The course emphasis is on photographic effects and techniques. These skills will be used as a tool for analyzing and creating various images to be used in design. 

CGD 125 Digital Photography 
Get an introduction to the fundamentals of photography and gain an understanding of photography as a tool for visual expression.

Student in the visual effects animation program works on the computer.
Visual effects animation

Learn advanced special effects techniques and skills and build an impressive portfolio that will set you apart. 

Earn your M.F.A. in visual effects animation and expand your skills. In this program, you'll cover advanced topics, including design, marketing and promotion, web and multimedia, medical animation, industrial design, automotive visualization and more.

Here's a preview of courses you will take: 

CG 605 Advanced 3D Modeling
Build a fundamental understanding of 3D computer modeling, texture mapping, lighting, and rendering technology for developing animation works. Focus on the application of modeling tools, and acquire a solid grasp of fundamental modeling techniques while completing an animation project employing principal elements of 3D modeling, texture mapping, and lighting art and design.

CG 615 Advanced 3D Animation
Embark on animation projects that allow more discretion regarding theme, topic, tools and techniques employed. Get more sophisticated techniques at every stage of animation development and incorporate them into course projects. Included in these advanced techniques are hierarchical animation, time curves and motion paths, color and light animation, advanced rendering techniques, audio/visual synchronization, and procedural descriptions of natural phenomena, etc. Complete a full-blown animated piece employing one or more such advanced techniques. 

CG 625 Character Animation
Through step-by-step professor-led tutorials, you'll master essential advanced Maya modeling and animation skills through hands-on experiments. The class combines lectures with tutorials to demonstrate the mechanism of advanced Maya character modeling and advanced deformers, rigging and animation. Put the concept to work immediately in class activities, and then apply them to projects.

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Web design and technology

Impact audiences with your advanced skills in web design and learn the latest 

In this master's program, you’ll learn website design techniques, publishing tools, coding languages and website manipulation and creation. Plus, you can learn all of this online, which is perfect for students with work and family obligations. 

Here's a preview of courses you will take: 

CGD 560 Web Design Technology 
Gain exposure to processes and advanced techniques of preparing a successful web design. Focus on advanced electronic layout, utilizing WYSIWYG HTML editor, navigation and interactivity. Course assignments require the application of computers as a professional tool to achieve creative layout development and image manipulations.

WD 670 Advanced Web Technology 
Expand your understanding of web page design and development through advanced scripting languages, concepts and basic database integration. Learn how to implement Java script and AJAX to create interactive standards based web pages. A heavy emphasis on CSS styling will be used throughout the course. You will also experiment with Content Management Systems (CMS) to enable end-users to add dynamic data.

CGD 615 Design Management
Understand business management within large corporations, specialized design consulting firms, advertising agencies, and multimedia production companies. Explore the role of a manager within the professional design context. Guest lecturers include managing professionals and executives from the design industry.

Ready to apply?

First-year students 

Students attending college for the first time and planning to study in our traditional day program on campus. 

Transfer students 

Students who have  earned more than 12 credits from another institution and wish to study in our traditional day program on campus. 

Graduate students 

Students who have complete a bachelor's degree and ready for a master's degree. 

Start dates

Want to know when you can start one of these programs? Check out the start dates. 

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Meet the students of the College of Communication and Design and watch their journey toward success through hands-on learning in the communication, media and design fields.

Frequently asked questions

Lynn purchase agreement with Digital Media Arts College (DMAC)

When did Lynn purchase DMAC?

Lynn University signed an asset purchase agreement with Digital Media Arts College (DMAC) in Fall 2017. DMAC was integrated into Lynn’s College of International Communication to become the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design.

The combined curriculum blends hands-on practice in design and media to cultivate innovative thinkers and career-oriented creators. Programs include graphic and web design, game art, animation, visual effects, advertising, public relations, multimedia journalism, and film and television. 

Why was this a good move for Lynn and DMAC?

The programs previously offered at DMAC are being integrated with similar Lynn University programs to provide both theory and hands-on technology instruction to better prepare students for employment in a quickly changing market. The agreement also affords Lynn University the opportunity to add new programs, faculty, technology and facilities.

DMAC students will gain access to additional academic majors and enhanced student services on Lynn’s campus including university housing, dining, career center, health and wellness facilities and recreation. 

Design and Media Arts Center transition to Lynn campus

Will classes transition from the Design and Media Arts Center to Lynn's main campus?

Yes. Based on feedback from students, faculty and parents following Lynn’s acquisition of Digital Media Arts College, the university will be implementing changes to further enhance our integration. By Fall 2018, all College of Communication and Design students will attend classes on Lynn’s main campus at 3601 N. Military Trail. 

How will the transition to campus benefit students?

We’ve heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and parents that DMAC students are excited to join Lynn University. Many have told us that they would like to be part of the culture and convenience of Lynn’s main campus.

Students who are used to taking classes one mile away at the Design and Media Arts Center studios will now enjoy easier access to the benefits of Lynn’s campus, student services, entertainment and sporting events, housing, dining and health and wellness facilities.

In addition, Lynn’s campus offers an excellent audio production facility with great acoustics, and an enhanced television studio with blue screens, green screens and a modernized news desk; and computer labs with strong Wi-Fi connections. 

When will the transition occur?

By Fall 2018, all College of Communication and Design classes will take place on Lynn’s main campus. Students will be able to view new class locations when they begin registering for classes as of March 29. Registration dates vary depending on credits earned, so be sure to visit my.lynn.edu to check scheduled registration dates.

Where will classes previously held at the Design and Media Arts Center now be located?

As of Fall 2018, all classes will be offered at Lynn University’s main campus at 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton, Florida. See course schedules for classroom locations. See the campus map and get directions to Lynn here.

What will happen to the Design and Media Arts Center location?

Lynn will continue to house administrative offices at 5400 Broken Sound Blvd NW, Suite 100.

Will College of Communication and Design students and faculty have to pay for parking on Lynn’s campus?

Parking on campus is free for students, faculty and staff. Vehicles must be registered. Obtain a parking decal from the Campus Communication Center.

How will you inform vendors, mail service, etc.?

The public will be notified via lynn.edu. Campus mail service will continue to make deliveries between the two locations.

Will I still have access to computer labs?

We are currently making arrangements to ensure that you are able to access your required educational tools and materials on Lynn’s main campus. Students who need access to computers on Lynn’s main campus can use the lab in Assaf 205, which will be available 10 p.m.–8 a.m., beginning March 12. Please visit Campus Safety or the IT Helpdesk to have your Lynn ID coded for access to this lab.  

Additional machines with animation and video editing software will be available in the Assaf lab soon. Meanwhile, please contact Andy Vermes should you need support rendering a project from the main campus. Requests will be fulfilled within 72 hours of submission.

I really like the small, artistic spaces where I hang out at DMAC. Where will we hang out at Lynn? What collaboration and artistic spaces are available to us on Lynn’s main campus?

You will have access to many collaboration spaces across campus including the library and International Business Center.

Do I have to go to Lynn’s main campus to register for classes?

No. Advisers will be at DMAC in rooms 169 and 170 during scheduled registration hours.

Will I have the option to live in Lynn University housing?

Yes. Lynn offers a variety of room types for students, including doubles and triples.

How much does on-campus housing cost?

Room and board costs start at $6,085/semester and include your room and unlimited meal plan. See our tuition and aid section for pricing information.

What amenities are included with on-campus housing?

All students living on campus receive an unlimited meal plan in their housing cost. Our dining facility is open 24/7 for students. Those living on campus also have access to the campus post office, laundry facilities, study space and lounges. In addition, those living on campus have easy access to our fitness center, two pools, outdoor recreational fields, as well as regular social activities in and around the residence halls.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

As a returning student, housing applications are due to Housing and Residence Life by March 13 at 4 p.m. There are spaces available to reside on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year and returning students have the option of selecting their space and roommate(s) through participation in the Housing Selection Process. Current students seeking housing can submit their housing application at using our online application.

Students joining Lynn for the first time in Fall 2018, would need to complete the housing registration and preference form on my.Lynn. Housing assignments for new students are made on a first come, first serve basis depending on availability. New students who wish to reside on campus must submit an online application, contract and housing preference form also on my.Lynn.

If I live on-campus, can I choose my own roommate?

Students may request to be housed with a specific roommate, and we will do our best to accommodate based on space availability and mutual interest. 

College of Communication and Design schedule changes

Will the College of Communication and Design make changes to the course schedule?

Yes. All on-campus undergraduate programs in communication and design will be offered in 15-week terms beginning Aug. 27.

How will the transition to 15-week terms benefit students?

College of Communication and Design faculty have requested that on-campus undergraduate courses follow Lynn’s 15-week schedule because it will provide easier scheduling and more access to non-major courses. Students will take more courses simultaneously, and they’ll have twice as long to complete their work. This approach leads to more immersion into the subject and ultimately better learning.

Will Lynn continue to offer 7-week terms for online and graduate programs?

Yes, Lynn will continue to offer 7- and 8-week terms for graduate and online undergraduate courses where the curriculum works well with accelerated terms.

When will the transition occur?

The 15-week schedule will begin on Aug. 27. Students can view the 15-week schedule when they begin registering for classes as of March 29. Registration dates vary depending on credits earned, so be sure to visit my.lynn.edu to check scheduled registration dates.

DMAC alumni

Does Lynn's purchase of DMAC affect the degree/diploma I earned from DMAC? 

No, there is no effect on existing degrees and certificates previously issued by DMAC. 

Will my DMAC degree/diploma still be accredited? 

Degrees previously issued by DMAC are unaffected by this acquisition. The accreditation under which the degree was conferred is not impacted.

How can I request copies of my DMAC transcript?

As of Oct. 19, 2017 DMAC official records are retained and copies are provided by Lynn University. To request copies of your transcript, contact Lynn’s Registrar at +1 561-237-7303.

Are we considered Lynn alumni?

DMAC alumni will be considered Lynn alumni who graduated from DMAC. 

Lynn’s Department of Development and Alumni Affairs will work closely with DMAC to ensure that all DMAC alumni are also welcomed as members of the Lynn University Alumni Association. Alumni have free admission to athletic events, complimentary subscriptions to Lynn magazine, 10 percent discount on campus store purchases and tuition for children and/or dependents, 25 percent discounts on Pine Tree Camps enrollment, use of the fitness center, library and career connections center, and much more. 

Alumni had the option to retake completed courses, will you be honoring this? Will you offer them online?

Yes, DMAC courses will remain unchanged through the end of Summer 2018. Further details regarding courses will be made by Fall 2018.

Will I be able to keep my DMAC.edu email address? Will Lynn provide me with a lynn.edu email address?

Lynn plans to offer the alumni benefits that you currently have plus more. All DMAC students are provided with a Lynn email address and will receive communication regularly.

David Jaffe

We understand what it means to be passionate about producing something innovative. Whether you’re a storyteller, a visualizer or an artist, our programs are designed to challenge, grow and engage you in ways you've never imagined.

David Jaffe, dean, College of Communication and Design

There are four terms available for DMAC programs. Pick the start date that best fits your schedule.

  • Jan. 8 
  • March 12 
  • April 30 
  • June 25 

Need more information? Contact the admission department