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Diploma: Specialized Advanced Animation Design

Diploma: Specialized Animation Design


When you complete the Diploma: Specialized Advanced Animation Design, you will have acquired knowledge of character design and development, modeling, texturing, rendering, compositing, animation, and knowledge of dynamics. When these skills are mastered, artists and designers are able to express visual creativity through technology and a creative process. The program starts with an overview of the digital media field with introductory courses in web design (HTML/CSS), and video production (editing in FinalCut Pro®} enabling you to gain a full understanding of a platform in digital media field. Upon completion of the introductory media arts courses, you will begin animation design courses developing 3D art and technical skills. You will study polygon modeling (Maya®), UV mapping (texturing), logo animation, dynamics, character and face modeling (ZBrush®, MudBox®), animation (MotionBuilder®), and compositing (Boujou®). The core animation design subjects are complimented by further studies in life drawing, anatomy study, sketch design, and story boarding. In addition to the general class subjects, you create a master project of your choice allowing you to combine all of the gained knowledge and focus on your own personal animation graphics interests. You will qualify for entry-level positions such as 3D animator, modeler, lighting specialist, texture artist, game designer, special effects artist, video post-production artist, web and graphic designer. Program Cost

Program Courses


  • An Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Platt College or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Photoshop®, Illustrator® & HTML/CSS
  • An acceptable professional or educational portfolio


  • IA104 Introduction to Animation
  • IV104 Introduction to Digital Video
  • IW104 Fundamentals of Web


  • AO300 Organic Modeling
  • AG300 Electronic Game 3D Animation
  • AM300 Dynamics / Effects


  • AE400 Character Animation
  • AH400 Digital Character Sculpting
  • AX400 Special Effects


  • PP200 Portfolio Project

Upon successful completion of Terms 4 – 6 and PP200, students will have completed 48 semester credit hours (1000 hours of instruction) and will be issued a Diploma: Specialized Advanced Animation Design.