The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Animation provides instruction for creating animation, 3D modeling, and special effects for applications such as animated shorts, movies, and games. Fundamental digital drawing skills, design concepts, and the development of entertainment media assets will be covered. Courses in digital art assets and animation design will give students an employment advantage in the ever-growing entertainment and gaming industries. Depending on individual choices and talents, students who complete the Animation program should be prepared for employment as an animator, a game art creator, a 3D visual artist, and/or a special effects computer graphics artist.

(Major Code 2630; CIP Code 10.0304)

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

ANI 122Digital Rendering for Animation3
ANI 125Introduction to 2D Animation3
ANI 150Introduction to 3D Modeling, Texturing and Materials3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
PHOT 200Foundations in Photography3
or Humanities Elective^
Total Hours15

Second Semester

ANI 200Advanced 2D Animation*3
ANI 220Computer Graphics Environments and Animation*3
ANI 245Introduction to Character Animation*3
ANI 252Advanced 3D Modeling*3
English and Communications Elective ^3
Note: COMS 120, or COMS 121 or ENGL 122 are recommended
Total Hours15

Third Semester

Program Elective (see below)3
ANI 210Digital Sculpting3
Note: CIS 142 will satisfy the ANI 210 requirement.
ANI 235Character Modeling and Rigging*3
ANI 255Advanced Animation and Effects*3
ANI 265Advanced Character Animation*3
Total Hours15

Fourth Semester

Program Elective (see below)3
ANI 260Animation Capstone*3
ANI 275Animation Career Preparation*3
Mathematics and Sciences Elective ^3
Social and Behavior and Sciences Elective ^3
Total Hours15

Total Program Hours: 60

Program Electives

ANI 130Motion Graphics and Effects*3
ANI 258Game Level Design*3
ANI 270Visual Effects and Compositing*3
ART 130Drawing I3
ART 231Life Drawing I*3
FMS 200Intro to Filmmaking and Media Aesthetics3

This course has registration requirements.


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