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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
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • 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
  • 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 E0339

      This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed for creative careers that integrate animation with gaming, video, audio, graphics, and special effects for the Web, broadcast, film, presentation, or mobile content. The Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Level I Certificate offers an early exit point of 12 Units and provides the skills necessary for entry-level employment as a junior web animator or animation designer, 2D Game Design Assistant, or junior game designer.

      Required Courses

      ANIM 100 Digital Paint and Ink 3
      or ARTC 100 Graphic Design I
      ANIM 131 Introduction to Gaming 3
      ANIM 172 Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects 3
      ANIM 175 Digital Animation 3
      Total Units 12

      Recommended Elective

      ANIM 137AWork Experience in New Digital Media1

      Animation & Gaming Website 

    • 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

      Core Courses
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 111AAnimal Drawing1.5
      or ANIM 116 Character Development
      Total Units13.5

      Animation & Gaming Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • 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

      Completion of the Animation - Tradigital - Level I coursework13.5
      PLUS
      Completion of the Animation - Tradigital - Level II coursework12
      Total Units25.5
      Animation - Junior Animator - Level I Coursework
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 115Storyboarding3
      ANIM 111AAnimal Drawing1.5
      or ANIM 116 Character Development
      Total Units13.5
      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
      Advanced 3-D Animation
      ANIM 172
      Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      ANIM 175
      Digital Animation
      Total Units12

      Animation & Gaming Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Animation: Game & Interactive Multimedia Design II

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0340

      This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed for creative careers that integrate animation with gaming, video, audio, graphics, and special effects for the Web, broadcast, film, presentation, or mobile content. The Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Design Level II certificate provides additional expertise for employment opportunities in areas of game design, digital animation, motion graphics, and special effects.

      Required Courses

      Completion of Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Design - Level I coursework12
      PLUS
      Completion of Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Design - Level II coursework9
      Total Units21
      Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Design - Level I Coursework
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      or ARTC 100 Graphic Design I
      ANIM 131Introduction to Gaming3
      ANIM 172Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects3
      ANIM 175Digital Animation3
      Total Units12
      Animation - Game & Interactive Multimedia Design - Level II Coursework
      ANIM 1412D Game Level Design3
      ANIM 148Demo Reel3
      or ARTC 290 Portfolio
      ANIM 151Game Prototype Production3
      Total Units9

      Recommended Elective

      ANIM 137AWork Experience in New Digital Media1

      Animation & Gaming Website 

    • 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

      Core Courses
      ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
      ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
      ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
      ANIM 111AAnimal Drawing1.5
      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 Units27

      Recommended Electives

      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 111BAnimal Drawing1.5
      ANIM 151Game Prototype Production3
      ARTD 15ADrawing: Beginning3

      Animation & Gaming Website 

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