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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


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

Location(s): West Des Moines

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The Introduction to Animation & Rich Media Certificate explores the exciting and challenging field of animation and motion graphics while focusing on both the creative and technical aspects of the industry.

Students will receive hands-on instruction using current industry software, and study the fundamentals of traditional, digital, and 3D artwork creation.

Strong software training gives students the technical skills needed to complete animation and illustration projects. 

Program Details

Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program Fall semester

Program Graduation Requirements

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

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 14 Credits

Fixed Costs

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

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

Varied Costs

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

PC Computer 1500-2000

Recommended Software 20-30 20-30

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 cost for the program: $4,498-$5,152

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use 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 animation projects
  • Edit, finish and render animation projects

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have good computer 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 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: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2023.

Program Competencies

  1. Evaluate the Principles of Design, Composition, and Motion to communicate effective visuals
  2. Organize rich media and animation industry research
  3. Construct living forms from basic, geometric shapes
  4. Judge movement by drawing for motion and animation         
  5. Create vector shapes and paths in Adobe Illustrator
  6. Generate a digital illustration in Photoshop                 
  7. Create 3D objects
  8. Compare the Traditional Animation Process to the computer 3D process                        
  9. Appraise the process of drawing from life
  10. Interpret character development and determine the illustration needs for effective characters

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
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

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

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