Program Description

Animation and Motion Arts teaches entry-level animation skills for a variety of fields including entertainment, game design, the web, advertising, broadcasting, social media, and mobile apps. Using industry-standard 2D and 3D animation technologies, students develop professional skills for creative expression and visual storytelling. Students will develop a portfolio and participate in a shared incubator course with all Design/Media Arts students.

Required: Students must select 3 courses (9 units) from any of the emphases to complete the certificate.

All courses in this certificate require literacy and proficiency in writing and math. Projects require written, oral, and visual presentations as well as the application of basic math principles and skills.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop original animation media content using foundational creative process, principles of design, principles of animation and digital tools techniques.
  2. Identify essential industry competencies and explore applications and learning resources to identify practical approaches to problem-solving.
  3. Strategize and manage efficient design and production workflows.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in teams effectively.
  5. Communicate animation media content effectively through appropriate verbal, written and visual techniques.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 21

REQUIRED COURSES

  •  DMA 002 - History of Design and Media Arts (3)
    or DMA 004 - History of Digital Games (3)
  • DMA 012 - Digital Art: Painting & Drawing (3)
  • DMA 070 - Motion Graphics (3)
    or DMA 072 - 2D Animation (3)

Option for 3D Animation

  • DMA 080A - 3D Modeling & Sculpting (3)
  • DMA 080B - 3D Animation & Simulations (3)
  • DMA 092 - Game Design II: Game Engines (3)

Options for Illustration & 2D Animation

  • ART 012A - Beginning Life Drawing (3)
  • ART 052A - Introduction to Illustration (3)
  • ART 052B - Advanced Illustration (3)

Options for Interactive Animation

  • DMA 090 - Game Design I (3)
  • DMA 092 - Game Design II: Game Engines (3)
  • DMA 060 - Creative Coding (3)

Required Capstone Course

  • DMA 098 - Design/Media Arts Incubator (3)

Recommended electives:

  • ART 011A - Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 015 - Sketching for Design (3)
  • ART 031A - Color and Composition - Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • BUS 116 - Entrepreneurship (3)
  • CINE 026A - Beginning Electronic Filmmaking (3)
  • DMA 020A - Graphic Design (3)
  • DMA 050 - Web Design & Development (3)
  • DMA 062 - Creative Coding for the Internet (3)
  • DMA 064 - Creative Coding for Mobile Devices (3)
  • SPCH 001 - Fundamentals of Speech (3)
    or SPCH 001H - Honors Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • SPCH 010 - Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • TVR 002A - Beginning Audio Production (3)
  • TVR 019 - Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts (3)

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

Download AS Degree Requirements


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