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Animation and Rich Media, Diploma

Location(s): West Des Moines



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The Animation and Rich Media Diploma could prepare students for entry level positions in the Animation and Rich Media industry. Students learn individual job skills that aid in the process used in completing a final production project. Production team members usually perform these skills in relationship to the project guidelines and schedules. This vast skill set includes, but is not limited to illustration of concepts, storyboarding, scriptwriting, use of 3D software, audio, video, and other related software.


This diploma is for individuals who want to develop a base skill set in Animation and Rich Media. This skill set can be added to the Visual Communications Diploma  or the Graphic Design degree  to give graduates more options in the job market. Others may want this diploma to use as a base when transferring to another college that specializes in Animation. Professionals may desire these classes to build skills needed for current or new job opportunities.

Program Details


Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts


More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester


This is a full-time program. To complete this program, students must take daytime classes; not all classes are offered at night.

Graduation Requirements


To earn a Animation & Rich Media Diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma - 36


Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs


  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)  150-200 270  80-100
Supplies   30  30  30
External Hard Drive  100-200    
PC Computer 1500-2000    
Recommended, but optional      
Design Software   20-30  20-30  20-30
Portfolio/Media      20

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.

Approximate total for program: $9,108-$9,808

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Use animation to communicate messages and ideas to others
  • Use traditional art and animation principles in animation projects
  • Develop the characters and environment sketches as a Concept Artist
  • Create digital characters, objects, and environments
  • Create special effects for live action film and television.
  • Create quality assets for film, television, video games, and more.
  • Plan, budget and produce animation projects
  • Edit, finish and render animation projects

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Have good computer skills.
  • Have excellent 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 Diploma program?


  • Provide the foundation for a variety of career options within the animation industry.
  • Constantly evolving industry requires motivation and lifelong learning to stay up-to-date with technology.
  • Must learn and use multiple software applications and stay current with updates, adapt to change and be able to learn on your own.

Program Competencies


  1. Generate digital illustrations for animation using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  2. Construct illustrations of living forms from basic, geometric shapes.
  3. Modify audio and video footage.
  4. Assess the process of creating storyboards.
  5. Create 3d objects for animation.
  6. Evaluate the Principles of Animation.
  7. Apply the use of traditional animation techniques to 3d software.
  8. Compose rich digital textures using a variety of graphic tools.
  9. Develop emotional and performance-based animations.

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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. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

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 Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive 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
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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