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Contact: Steve BurgoonTitle: Department ChairContact: sburgoon@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Animation: Junior Animator Level II

Arts Division

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

Higher Education, Higher Income:
This award offers multiple levels. Completion of all levels can lead to higher pay.

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Video Game Designers

      Video Game Designers

      SOC Career Code: 15-1199.11

      Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $87.62

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $101,194.12
      Annual Job Openings
      7,274

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Art Directors

      Art Directors

      SOC Career Code: 27-1011.00

      Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $93.63

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $77,912.68
      Annual Job Openings
      1,653

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Multimedia Artists and Animators

      Multimedia Artists and Animators

      SOC Career Code: 27-1014.00

      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.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.04

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $76,692.94
      Annual Job Openings
      1,586

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Graphic Designers

      Graphic Designers

      SOC Career Code: 27-1024.00

      Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $58.14

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,530.91
      Annual Job Openings
      3,421

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • Animation: Junior Animator Level II

    Arts Division

    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 coursework15
    Total Units28.5
    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 140Introduction to 3D Animation3
    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 Units15

    Recommended Electives

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    ANIM 110Animal Drawing3
    ANIM 137AWork Experience in New Digital Media1-3
    ARTD 16Drawing: Perspective3
    ARTD 17ADrawing: Life3

    Animation & Gaming Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • 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 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Animation, AS

    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 110Animal Drawing3
    ANIM 115Storyboarding3
    ANIM 116Character Development1.5
    Required Electives
    Choose one of the following specializations:21-25
    Animation
    ANIM 130
    Introduction to 3D Modeling
    ANIM 132
    Intermediate 3D Modeling
    ANIM 140
    Introduction to 3D Animation
    ANIM 146
    Intermediate 3D Animation
    ANIM 148
    Demo Reel
    ANIM 172
    Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
    ANIM 175
    Digital Animation
    Gaming
    ANIM 122
    Introduction to Virtual Reality Design and Technology
    ANIM 130
    Introduction to 3D Modeling
    ANIM 131
    Introduction to Game Design
    ANIM 140
    Introduction to 3D Animation
    ANIM 141
    Game Level Design
    ANIM 148
    Demo Reel
    Choose two courses from the following (6-7 units):
    ANIM 151
    Team Game Development
    ANIM 210
    Building Worlds in Virtual Reality
    CSCI 110
    Fundamentals of Computer Science
    Total Units37.5-41.5

    Animation & Gaming Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Steve BurgoonTitle: Department ChairContact: sburgoon@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 13-2457Phone: (909) 274 - 5332