May 24, 2019  
2016-2017 Course Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animation and Rich Media Advanced


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The Animation and Rich Media Advanced Certificate could prepare students for entry level positions in the Animation and Rich Media industry. Students learn 3D software skills that make up the process used in completing a final production project. The Animation and Rich Media Certificate  is a pre-requisite to this advanced training certificate.

The skills learned and demonstrated in these classes will enhance the student’s skill set. Students will complete 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.

A student can add to this certificate by taking additional classes from the Animation and Rich Media Diploma.  

This advanced certificate is for individuals who want to develop a base skill set in Animation and Rich Media software. 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 certificate 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 Advanced Certificate, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/graphicdesign/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Location: Ankeny

Student start Fall term.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission. 
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement. 
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 61 or minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
  5. Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 42 or minimum ACT writing score of 14. 
  6. Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score of 9 or minimum ACT Math score of 14.
  7. Successful completion of Animation and Rich Media Certificate  .
  8. Attend a required Graphic Design program information session.


Graduation Requirements

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

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 9


Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs


  Semester 1
Books (approximate)  150- 200
Supplies  100- 300
External Hard Drive  100- 200
PC Computer 1500-2000

Recommended, but optional

Design Software    20-30
Portfolio  100-200

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

Approximate total for program: $3,293-4,253*

*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
  • 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 a foundation toward career options within the animation industry.
  • Constantly evolving industry requires motivation and lifelong learning to stay up-to-date with technology.

Nondiscrimination Policy


Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination 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 may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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