Completion of the Animation Certificate develops knowledge and essential skills in 2D and 3D Animation. Multi-disciplinary courses prepare students for the pursuit of academic and professional opportunities in Motion Graphics, 2D and 3D Design and Animation, Art, Illustration and Visualization.

Previous design or art experience is welcome, but not required to explore 2D and 3D Animation. Credits can also apply to associate degrees in Visual Communication and Design.

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Listen and understand complex ideas, present and communicate visually, verbally and in writing to colleagues and clients.
  2. Work independently or as an organized member of a production team to meet client requirements on time and within budget.
  3. Demonstrate professional work ethics and a passion for lifelong learning and networking.
  4. Design a concept, strategy, and storyboard to visualize a product or message to reach the target audience that meets the production schedule and budget.
  5. Use appropriate hardware, software, and resources to create high-quality animation in a production environment.
  6. Composite and edit production elements to deploy a final product that meets client and distribution requirements.
  7. Use design elements and the principles of animation as well as technical skills to create an appealing animation.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART-1050 Drawing I 3
VC-1000 Visual Communication Foundation 3
VCIL-1640 3D Design 3
Select one of the folllowing: 3
Digital Imaging I  
Vector Graphics  
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
VCIL-2040 3D Motion 3
Select one of the following: 3
Illustration for Story  
Typography I  
Select one of the following: 3
2D Animation  
2D Animation  
Select one of the following: 3
Individual Projects  
Portfolio Preparation  
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours24