The Art Institutes International Minnesota (Ai Minnesota), located in downtown Minneapolis, is now offering a bachelor's degree program in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics. To accommodate the new program, Ai Minnesota has expanded its facilities to include a green room, a professional-level sound recording studio, several digital video cameras and lighting kits. The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program utilizes software applications such as Combustion, Shake, Maya, Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. Ai Minnesota also offers bachelor's programs in Media Arts & Animation and Multimedia & Web Design. "The Visual Effects & Motion Graphics program at The Art Institutes International Minnesota provides the industry with a new breed of employee that can hit the ground running upon their graduation," said Pete Patsiavos, academic director for the Media Arts & Animation and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics degree programs. "They will be prepared to be an active participant in creative decision making and well versed in industry current production skills." The Art Institutes International Minnesota is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of 27 education institutions located throughout North America.