3-D Animation, Graduate Certificate

Three-D animation is not only a major component in the film and broadcast industries, it is also a crucial element in online entertainment and a driving force for the gaming industry. Companies use animation in advertisements, websites, and training programs. The growing use of gaming technologies in education and industry (often referred to as Serious Games) has given rise to a need for skilled animators who can work closely with business and academic institutions.

The Graduate Certificate in 3D Animation offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with a particular emphasis on the special requirements of 3D modeling and animating for the gaming industry. Course work is designed to develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. The program seeks to produce graduates who are skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications; understand visual principles of lighting, modeling, and surfacing; and are conversant with motion and special effects compositing.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Course

Complete one of the following. Note: For students with a portfolio waiver, DGM 6450 is the core course:4
Visual Communications Foundation
Animation Basics

Required Courses

DGM 6122Foundations of Digital Storytelling4
DGM 65103-D Modeling4
DGM 6530Character Animation4
DGM 6540Compositing4
DGM 6882Animation Reel1-4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

22 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required