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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animation and Rich Media Diploma

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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.

A student can add to this diploma by taking additional classes from the Animation and Rich Media Advanced Certificate. The skills learned and demonstrated in these classes, GRD 489 , GRD 491  and GRD 424  Internship will enhance the student’s skill set. Students will collaborate on a group capstone project and produce a personal demo reel. These final projects will be like a portfolio and could be used for job interview and/or placement in another college.

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.

For more information about the Animation and Rich Media Diploma, please visit our website at https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/graphicdesign/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall term.

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

Program Entry Requirements

1. Complete an application for admission.
2.Satisfy the assessment requirement by taking all the COMPASS Reading test, the COMPASS English test and the ALEKS Math placement test and:
3. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 61 or a minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
4. Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement test score of 9% or a minimum ACT Math score of 14.
5. Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 42 or a minimum ACT Writing score of 14.
6. Attend a required Graphic Design program information session.

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 - 45

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)  150-200 200-300 200-300
Supplies   30  30  50
External Hard Drive  100-200    
PC Computer 1500-2000    
Recommended, but optional      
Design Software   20-30  20-30  20-30
Portfolio/Media     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 for program: $8,855-$9,735*

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


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 Program or Career Choice?

• 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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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