Academic Catalogs

Entertainment Art, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_EART
Control Number: 39359

The Entertainment Art certificate is for students wanting a career as an artist working for a studio in the Film, TV, Animation and Game industries. The focus is on World Building, known as Visual Development in these industries. These artists design and illustrate characters, environments, vehicles and props that form the visual world of stories we see on screen. The program is intended to introduce students to these fields and give them the skills and methods for internship and entry level jobs, and that enable the lifelong learning necessary to be an Entertainment Artist.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the skills necessary to design and illustrate worlds (environments, characters, vehicles and props) for stories made for screens.
  2. Create a portfolio utilizing industry standard techniques for the purpose of gaining employment and/or acceptance to an art college or university for advanced learning.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ART A110Color and Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART A120Beginning Drawing3
ART A125Perspective Drawing3
DMAD A181Introduction to Computer Graphics3
ART A121Life Drawing 13
ART A135Digital Painting3
Restricted Electives15
Select five elective courses
Color and Design: Three-Dimensional
Human Anatomy for Artists
Advanced Drawing
Painting 1
Story Illustration Techniques
Figure Composition
Digital Sculpture with ZBrush
Cartooning 1
Photoshop for Design
2D Animation
3D Computer Graphics Animation
Required Core
ART A251Character Design3
ART A252Prop and Vehicle Design3
ART A253Environment Design and Illustration3
ART A255Entertainment Art Project3
Total Units45