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Animation, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_DMAN
Control Number: 38663

Students in this program will explore animation concepts and gain hands-on experience using industry-standard hardware and software and motion capture systems. Animation is widely used in broadcast media, gaming and simulation, motion graphics, web design, and VR/AR. Students will employ techniques in storytelling and character development for both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional animation. Computer and drawing skills are very important in this field. Students will leave with an animation portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or transfer to another institution.

Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate ideas, emotion and intent effectively in visual, oral and written forms.
  2. Create 2D and 3D characters and environments that reflect the integration of graphic clarity, design principles, performance principles and theoretical constructs.
  3. Design layouts and backgrounds that incorporate principles of composition, perspective and color, with speed, accuracy and dexterity, using a variety of media.

Complete the Animation Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
ART A120 Beginning Drawing 3
ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional 3
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Semester 2
ART A121 Life Drawing 1 3
ART A135 Digital Painting 3
DMAD A190 Illustrator for Design 3
FILM A196 Introduction to Visual Effects 3
Year 2
Semester 1
DMAD A280 2D Animation 3
ART A151 Ceramics 2 3
Restricted Elective 3
Semester 2
DMAD A281 3D Computer Graphics Animation 3
Restricted Elective 6
 Total Units42

Restricted Electives 

Course Title Units
ART A111Color and Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART A143Story Illustration Techniques3
ART A269Cartooning 13
ART A220Figure Composition3
ART A270Cartooning 23
DMAD A117Rapid Illustration Techniques3
DMAD A202Studio Internship2
DMAD A263Motion Graphics and Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects3
DMAD A288Digital Portfolio Development3
FILM A106Introduction to Media Writing3
FILM A193Sound Design for Film & TV3
FILM A220Introduction to Virtual Reality (VR)3
Course Title Units
Program Major Units42
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Degree Units60