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Digital Arts and Computer Animation

Laurus College – Digital Arts and Computer Animation Degree

Occupational Associate Degree

About Digital Arts and Computer Animation

In this career-focused program, students work with industry standard software to gain valuable skills in the fields of animation and video game design & development.

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Program Highlights:

This program introduces students to the techniques and methods for creating 3D animation and effects using the industry standard software Maya. Maya software is one of the world’s most powerfully integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solutions in the video game design and development industry today. Among the courses taught in the Digital Arts and Computer Animation Associate Degree program are:

• Animation Dynamics
• Rendering in Animation
• Modeling
• Color Theory
• ZBrush Digital Sculpting
• Character Animation
• Computer Video Compositing and Camera Matching
• Game Design
• Character Rigging

The Digital Arts & Computer Animation program is available Online and at all Laurus College locations:

San Luis Obispo
Santa Maria

Using Maya software, students explore ways to model, texture, animate, and render creative environments while also creating a portfolio that showcases their creativity and their skills. Upon completion of the Digital Arts and Computer Animation program, students may compete for entry-level work in a variety of animation-related fields including film and video creation, video game development, and graphic design.

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Learning Goals:

Upon completion of the Digital Arts and Computer Animation Occupational Associate degree, students should be able to:

• Demonstrate proficiency with a variety of digital art and computer animation software programs.
• Sculpt and model 3D Objects.
• Create and edit a variety of texture types and images.
• Understand the three phases and the many sub-phases within an animation production, (Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production).
• Create advanced materials utilizing physically-based rendering workflow to be used with rendering engines.
• Demonstrate the ability to adjust and modify rendered images together with various compositing techniques.
• Create 2D and 3D assets to construct various video game levels using modern day game engines.
• Perform scholarly research.

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Apply Online.
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Step 3

Enroll for the Next Term.
New Classes start on October 15!

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Career Summary:

Digital Arts and Computer Animation professionals create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Potential Careers:

3D Animator
3D Generalist
3D Modeler
Digital Artist
Video Game Designer

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2D Character Artist
3D Animator
3D Artist
3D Character Artist
3D Environment Designer
3D Environmental Artist
3D Generalist
3D Hard Surface Artist
3D Modeler
3D Production Artist
3D Unity Artist
Assistant Character Designer
Associate Game Designer
Cartoon Artist
Cartoon Editor
CG Generalist
Character Concept Artist
Character Designer
Concept Artist
Creative Services Assistant
Digital Artist
Digital Illustrator
Digital Painter
Digital Sculptor
Fine Artist
Game Balance Specialist
Game Capture Assistant
Game Designer
Game Writer
GFX Artist
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer
Hard Surfaces Artist
Jr. Graphic Designer
Jr. Motion Graphics Designer
Layout Artist
Lighting Artist
Maya Generalist
Mid-Level Game Designer
Mobile Gameplay Designer
Model Builder
Model Maker
Motion Designer
Motion Graphics Artist
Portrait Artist
Product Designer
Production Artist
Publications Designer
Toy Designer
VFX Artist
Video Game Designer
Video Game Developer
Video Game Tester
Video Game Writer
Visual Development Artist
World Designer

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Multimedia Artists and Animators
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1014.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Video Game Designers
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 15-1199.11

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Graphic Designers
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1024.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 25-1194.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Art Directors
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1011.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-1013.00

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
ONET Link: ONET Online
SOC Code: 27-2012.01

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