Degree Programs

Digital Animation AAS

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Digital animators create graphics for entertainment, advertising, special effects, education, science, information technologies, and the Internet. Animators entertain, inform and communicate. For television, film, video, presentation graphics, and the Internet, animators are creating new ways to understand and enjoy the world. The contemporary opportunities to animate are boundless. Traditional animation techniques, including cell animation, claymation, paper graphics, scratch-on, and puppet animations, are being used in the profession. New digital animation effects, software, and hardware are developed every year. Animators must learn about and master these new technologies. Before graduation, students in Digital Animation must develop proficiency in both traditional and digital animation techniques. Team-building and professional portfolio development prepare students for the digital workplace. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare the student to communicate effectively
  • Students will implement team building skills
  • Students will produce and record a demo reel using video editing software and equipment
Goal 2 To equip the student with research and development skills
  • Students will research and produce projects that move beyond their routine interests
Goal 3 To prepare students to transfer or enter the field of Digital Animation
  • Students will create a quality portfolio consistent with industry practices and standards
  • Graduates are accepted at a 4-yr school
Goal 4 To prepare students to interact in a diverse society.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to manage conflicts peacefully
  • The student will demonstrate skill in negotiating differences and working towards consensus
  • The student will demonstrate openness toward diverse points of view
Goal 5 To provide students with the knowledge of a valid critiquing process
  • Students will assess the aesthetic value of their work as well as that of others
  • Students will be able to implement changes
Goal 6 To provide students with the knowledge of relevant file management
  • Students will effectively manage files and document assets
Goal 7 To provide students with the essential knowledge of a variety of software packages pertinent to digital animation
  • Students will demonstrate competency in a variety of software packages pertinent to digital animation
Goal 8 To equip the student with quantitative problem solving techniques
  • Students will demonstrate competency in selecting various frame rates and corresponding time configurations
Goal 9) To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
    9a) Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology 9b) Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA103 Figure Drawing 1
This is an introductory course in drawing the human figure, focusing on the body’s geometric and anatomical structure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model and plaster sculpture casts. A hierarchy of form, working from general to specific, is emphasized. Studio work is supplemented by lectures and critiques on the principles of accurate representation of the human form in pictorial space, including gesture, proportion, anatomy, and light on form. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GD101 Foundation Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for reproduction. It includes the fundamentals of perspective, the theory of light and shade, and a survey of graphic representation. Projects are executed using line, value, form, texture, space, and proportion. See when this course is offered ...
CG133 Introduction to Animation 3cr
CG134 Digital Applications for the Animator 3cr
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
CG147 Sculpt Proc for the Animator
This course introduces current sculpting techniques used by the animation industry for character creation and design. Work is done with traditional 3D media, digitized models, and 3D animation software. Earth clays, polymer clays, and foam sculpture are used. Armatures are used to study stop-motion, maquettes, and the digitizing process. Character types range from realistic to imaginary. Prerequisites: GD101 Foundation Drawing and FA103 Figure Drawing 1. See when this course is offered ...
PT126 Basic Photography 3cr
CG144 Digital Animation 1 3cr
CG146 Storyboarding 3cr
IL205 Cartooning 3cr
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
CG145 Digital Animation 2 3cr
CG231 Advanced Animation Techniques 3cr
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 2 Elective 3cr
(a) Acceptable electives include: HU204 History of Art 1, HU205, History of Art 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU186 Music Appreciation, and HU188 Film Appreciation.
Tier 1 Social Science Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
CG233 Animation Production Workshop 4cr
CG234 Professional Practices for the Animator 4cr
Tier 2 Art history Elective 3cr
(a) Acceptable electives include: HU204 History of Art 1, HU205, History of Art 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU186 Music Appreciation, and HU188 Film Appreciation.
Tier 1 Science Elective 4cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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