Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Animation & Rich Media, Illustration for Animation, Certificate

Location(s): West Des Moines

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The Illustration for Animation Certificate focuses on learning traditional illustration skills needed to create 2D animations and visually communicate ideas for the Animation Industry.

Program Details

Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program spring semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Prior satisfactory completion of ANI 410  .

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn an Illustration for Animation Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 3

Total Minimum Credits Required to Complete this Certificate: 9 Credits*

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

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) 40-80 50-70 50-70
Supplies 50 50 50
Portable Hard Drive 30


Recommended Software 100 100 100
Computer Recommended 1500-2000



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: $3,857-$4,437**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use animation and illustrations to communicate messages, stories, and ideas
  • Create illustrations of characters, objects, and environments
  • Create animation sequences using traditional and digital animation techniques
  • Apply The Principles of Animation
  • Observe and draw from life and photo reference
  • Design and construct characters, objects, and environments
  • Participate in group and individual feedback critique sessions

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have good computer skills.
  • Have an enthusiasm for improving traditional art and drawing skills
  • 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 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 to complete illustrations, animations, and projects.
  • Desire and discipline to spend whatever time it takes to complete complicated projects.

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

Program Competencies

  1. Appraise the process of drawing from life
  2. Interpret character development to determine the illustration needs for effective characters
  3. Evaluate the basic needs and goals of scripts and storyboards
  4. Assess the process of creating a storyboard
  5. Generate drawings for animation
  6. Adopt traditional 2D animation tools and techniques

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:
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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