Certificate of Completion in Animation

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Animation develops knowledge and skills in the area of digital animation, including but not limited to the production of still and time-based media, animation techniques, narrative development, character design, compositing, motion graphics, and interactive design. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with an understanding of animation techniques, use of production equipment, animation terminology, media and interactivity applications, and industry practices. This certificate prepares students for employment and upgrades the skills of persons employed in occupations such as digital animators, media producers, storyboard artists, media artist/designers, and interaction designers. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Video Game Production, and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Animation and Time-Based Media and Video Game Production, are also available.


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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Plan
Animation (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
This CCL is designed for individuals who already have a degree or relevant experience in the field or who are currently employed in the field.

This program replaces: CCL/5408 Media Arts: Digital Animation

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Create still, interactive, and time-based images to project specifications, demonstrating professional competence in research, planning, production, and presentation.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills, animation processes, and historical and media literacies to solve design problems.
  3. Analyze still, interactive, and time-based images to evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Apply industry standard tools and research to develop effective animations, media, designs, and workflows.
  5. Demonstrate professional and collaborative practices.
  6. Communicate still, interactive, and time-based image solutions that recognize cultural and individual differences.
  7. Create a portfolio of work that reflects current industry practices.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ADA/ART1692D Media Design (3) OR
ART178Digital Arts Studies (3)3
ADA/ART177Digital Photographic Imaging I3
ADA/ART/MMT184Digital Animation I3
ART100Introduction to Digital Arts1
ART111Drawing I3
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART/COM/STO150Digital Storytelling (3) OR
CRW150Introduction to Creative Writing (3) OR
CRW172Introduction to Comic Book Writing (3) OR
CRW176Writing Narrative for Video Games (3) OR
FMT121Story Theory for Film, Television and Media (3)3
ART1703D Computer Design (3) OR
ART/THP246Digital Fabrication (3)3
ART/MMT1853D Modeling for Animation I3
ART200Animation and Interactivity3
ART240Cinematography and Directing for 2D/3D Animation3
ART284Digital Animation II3
ART/MMT2853D Modeling and Animation II3
ART2873D Character Animation3

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View MCCCD's curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Animation (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=166115).

Full Award Details

First Term
2021 Spring
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
27-1014.00, 27-1013.00, 27-2012.01, 27-1011.00, 27-4032.00, 27-4031.00
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
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