Academic Catalogs

Animation, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_DMAN
Control Number: 38420

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.

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.

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
 Units12
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
 Units12
Year 2
Semester 1
DMAD A280 2D Animation 3
ART A151 Ceramics 2 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Units9
Semester 2
DMAD A281 3D Computer Graphics Animation 3
Restricted Elective 6
 Units9
 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