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Animation & Gaming (SOC CODE: 27-1014.00)

Job Description Overview

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Related Careers

  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  • Artists and Related Workers, All Other
  • Craft Artists
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Developers

Sample Job Duties

  • Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
  • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
  • Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.
  • Apply story development, directing, cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.
  • Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
  • Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design, and progress tracking.
  • Implement and maintain configuration control systems.
  • Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.
  • Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
  • Create pen-and-paper images to be scanned, edited, colored, textured, or animated by computer.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Animation: Game & Interactive Multimedia Design I

      Arts Division
      Certificate E0439

      This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed to compete for a junior level creative career in the computer game industry or to transfer to other institutes for a more advanced study in the field. Students learn the core skills of designing games, planning, prototyping, creating art assets, scripting, integrating it all using standard game engines, testing, and other game development methodologies, while also learning to work in close creative collaboration with fellow team members. 

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
      ANIM 131Introduction to Gaming3
      Total Units15
       

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    • Animation: Junior Animator Level I

      Arts Division
      Certificate E0414

      Level I of a multi-level certificate program provides skills based on the principles of storytelling and animation using both traditional and 3D media.  Students prepare for a junior level creative career in the animation industry by mastering the core skills of drawing, storyboarding, digital art, 2D and 3D animation, 3D modeling, and motion graphics. 

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 116Character Development1.5
      Total Units13.5

      Animation & Gaming Website 

    • Animation: Junior Animator Level II

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0416

      Level II of a multi-certificate program that provides skills based on the principles of storytelling and animation using both traditional and 3D media.  Students prepare for a junior level creative career in the animation industry by mastering the core skills of drawing, storyboarding, digital art, 2D and 3D animation, 3D modeling, and motion graphics. 

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Animation - Tradigital - Level I coursework13.5
      PLUS
      Completion of the Animation - Tradigital - Level II coursework12
      Total Units25.5
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Animation - Junior Animator - Level I Coursework
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 116Character Development1.5
      Total Units13.5
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Animation - Junior Animator - Level II Coursework
      ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
      ANIM 148Demo Reel (Choose two courses from the following:)3
      Choose two courses from the following:6
      ANIM 132
      Intermediate 3D Modeling
      ANIM 146
      Intermediate 3D Animation
      ANIM 172
      Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      ANIM 175
      Digital Animation
      Total Units12

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    • Animation: Game & Interactive Multimedia Design II

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0440

      This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed to compete for a junior level creative career in the computer game industry or to transfer to other institutes for a more advanced study in the field. Students learn the core skills of designing games, planning, prototyping, creating art assets, scripting, integrating it all using standard game engines, testing, and other game development methodologies while also learning to work in close creative collaboration with fellow team members.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of Junior Game Designer - Introduction coursework15
      PLUS
      Completion of Junior Game Designer - Foundation coursework 12
      Total Units27
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Junior Game Designer - Introduction
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
      ANIM 131Introduction to Gaming3
      Total Units15
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Junior Game Designer - Foundation
      ANIM 1412D Game Level Design3
      ANIM 148Demo Reel3
      ANIM 151Game Prototype Production3
      ANIM 140Introduction to 3D Animation3
      Total Units12

      Recommended Elective

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ANIM 137AWork Experience in New Digital Media1

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    • Animation: AS Degree

      Arts Division
      Degree S1006

      The Animation Program offers an integrated/interdisciplinary approach to prepare students to meet current and future job market demands. The student will be given a balanced blend of art and technology-based skills essential for today’s careers in animation. The program offers both an A.S. degree and certificates. Course content is driven by industry needs in order to provide the student with the best possible preparation for a career in animation or for transfer to an institution of higher learning. This Animation AS Degree provides expertise leading to employment opportunities as junior animators, character designers, storyboard artists, 3D modelers and game designers.     

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 116Character Development1.5
      ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
      ANIM 131Introduction to Gaming3
      ANIM 148Demo Reel3
      Required Electives
      Choose one from the following:3
      ANIM 132
      Intermediate 3D Modeling
      ANIM 141
      2D Game Level Design
      ANIM 172
      Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      ANIM 175
      Digital Animation
      ARTD 16
      Drawing: Perspective
      ARTD 17A
      Drawing: Life
      ARTD 20
      Design: Two-Dimensional
      ARTS 22
      Design: Three-Dimensional
      Total Units25.5

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AHIS 4History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic3
      AHIS 4HHistory of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic - Honors3
      AHIS 5History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern3
      AHIS 5HHistory of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern - Honors3
      ANIM 104Drawing Fundamentals3
      ANIM 151Game Prototype Production3
      ARTD 15ADrawing: Beginning3

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