Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Animation & Rich Media, Introduction to 3D Animation, Certificate

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs Available 2021-2022

In the Animation Introduction to 3D Animation Certificate, students will learn how to create 3D assets from the ground up by applying all aspects of production including modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, and rendering.

After focusing on software proficiency, students will concentrate on applying The Principles of Animation to create believable animated performances of objects and characters.

For more information about the Introduction to 3D Animation Certificate, please visit our website at http://www.dmacc.edu/programs/animation/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Program Details

Locations: West

Students may start this program spring semester

Program Entry Requirements

Satisfactory completion of ANI 483  and ANI 439 .

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a (list specific degree, ie. Photography certificate) , a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Semester 3

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 9 Credits*

*Program entry requirements are not included in total credits required for this program.  

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 45-60 50-70 50-70
Supplies 30 30 30
External Hard Drive 100-200

PC Computer 1500-2000

Recommended Software 100 100 100

Note: Financial aid may be used to purchase a computer. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Approximate total cost for the program: $3,701-$4,356**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use 3D animation to communicate messages, stories,  and ideas to others
  • Create digital characters, objects, and environments
  • Create quality assets for film, television, video games, and more.
  • Plan, budget and produce 3D animation projects
  • Edit, finish and render 3D animation projects

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have good computer skills.
  • Have traditional art and drawing skills to visually communicate ideas.
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to follow directions, instructions and take direction from supervisors, clients and co-workers
  • Attention to detail, analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn new procedures and software technical skills quickly and independently.
  • Teamwork, collaboration and the ability to take direction from supervisors, clients and coworkers to improve your work.
  • Manage your time to meet established deadlines, work on multiple projects, and stay within a project budget.
  • Work long hours on a computer using specialized design software.
  • Desire and discipline to spend whatever time it takes to complete complicated projects.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Provide a foundation toward career options within the animation industry.
  • Constantly evolving industry requires motivation and lifelong learning to stay up-to-date with technology.
  • Related Job Title: Multimedia Artist and Animator Entry Level: $21,841 Median Salary: $33,596 Experienced: $54,783 - 70,530 Sources:  https://dmacc.emsicc.com/careers/multimedia-artist-andanimator?radius=®ion=Des%20Moines-West%20Des%20Moines%2C%20IA https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/multimedia-artists-and-animators.htm#tab-5 

Program Competencies

  1. Apply the use of traditional animation techniques to 3d software
  2. Evaluate the Principles of Animation
  3. Create rich digital textures by using a variety of graphic tools
  4. Create procedural maps with the material editor panel
  5. Generate multiple core body mechanics cycles
  6. Create Emotional and Performance-Based Animation

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs Available 2021-2022