Visual Communications

This program is no longer available for future semesters.

The Visual Communications: Animation Technology program prepares students to work in digital 3D animation modeling environments. 3D Digital Animation is all about the art of visual storytelling. Throughout this program, students cover in-depth fundamentals of narrative animation based on the 12 Principles of Animation, as well as 3D character creation and 3D rigging. They also study life drawing, layout and design, computer illustration, screenwriting, and storyboarding.


Students learn fundamental skills in video editing, sound design and digital compositing, and gain experience using industry standard software such as Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to produce animations and portfolios. Students combine traditional artistic skills of drawing, design and sculpture with a touch of video, lighting and special effects and compositing training. The student combines these skills with their expertise in object modeling and computer-generated animation techniques to produce complex 3D animation projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal and written, and electronic forms.
  2. Apply Mathematical and applied physics concepts for the industry.
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize and apply information/data relevant to business, sciences, and technical careers
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, and principles and application of associated technical skills.
  5. Perform the necessary applied skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry level employment.
  6. Demonstrate ethical, civic, and work place responsibility as part of professional behavior.

Program Strengths

  • Multi-curricular courses
  • Drawing classes to enhance artistic abilities
  • Current animation technology equipment and software
  • Class activities focus on application and problem solving  

Emphasis/Degree Options

Associate of Applied Science
3D Animation Technology Emphasis Program Sheet

3D Animation Technology Program Sheet

Career Options

Texture Artist
Character Animator
Senior Animator
Audio/Video Equipment Technician
Medical Animator
Graphic Designer

Gainful Employment

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