Get the Skills to Be a Computer Animator or Video Game Designer

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Train to work in the film or video game industries in Laurus College’s Digital Arts & Computer Animation degree program

Computer Animation Training in 2 Years*

Want to be part of a team that creates movies or video games that captivate an audience through story-telling and creativity? Do you believe that learning 3D animation is a critical step in achieving that goal?

It definitely does!

Develop your creative and technical skills in 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animating and rendering digital works of art, while also expanding your critical thinking and problem solving ability.

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.

With your initiative and our support, we thrive.

You’ve Already Got a Life and We Appreciate That

If you’re juggling work and a family, you’re busy. Our hybrid learning model gives you greater freedom and flexibility to learn on your own schedule.

That means you’re in control of your learning experience. All you have to do is get the ball rolling. And training with Laurus for a profession that makes use of digital arts and computer animation, with all our dedicated support from Day 1 till you land that dream job, is a smart choice.

If you’re ready to make use of your creative skills and technical savvy to take a step up in life and create a brighter future with a rewarding career, Laurus College is your school.

The Laurus Advantage

Practical, Career-Focused Training that prepares you for an in-demand career.

Supportive Learning Environment where instructors care about your success.

Flexible Scheduling Options that include both day and evening classes.

Laptop Included – Students attending classes in an Occupational Associate or Bachelor’s Degree program are given the opportunity to receive a laptop computer loaded with all of the software needed to complete their program.

Job Search Assistance through our Career Services Department, including resume & portfolio creation, interview preparation and live workshops.

All the Things You’ll Learn

This program introduces students to the techniques and methods for creating 3D animation and effects using Maya, the industry standard software. Maya is one of the world’s most powerful integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solutions in the video game design and development industry today.

Using Maya, students explore ways to model, texture, animate, and render creative environments while also creating a portfolio that showcases their creativity and their skills.

Among the courses taught in the Digital Arts and Computer Animation Occupational 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

Digital Arts and Computer Animation OAD grads can compete for entry-level work in a variety of animation-related fields including film and video creation, video game development, and graphic design.

Here’s How You’ll Grow with Us

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.

Is a Career in Digital Arts & Computer Animation Right for You? Find Out! Take the "Laurus College Digital Arts & Computer Animation Career Training Readiness Quiz"

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Digital Arts & Computer Animation Career Readiness Score Now >>

Here’s Where You Could Be After Completing Our Program

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.

Grads with Digital Arts & Computer Animation training may find employment in a wide range of interesting and rewarding positions, including:

  • Video Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Digital Illustrator
  • Animation Director
  • Art Director
  • and more!

See a list of careers from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system

With so many professional opportunities available to people with the right qualifications, Laurus can prepare you for a career that will take you to that next level in life.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Computer Animator or Video Game Designer Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’d like to know more about the careers available to grads of our Digital Arts & Computer Animation program and explore whether Laurus is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call (805)-267-1690

Digital Arts and Computer Animation Occupational Associate Degree Gainful Employment Disclosures

* Program length when completed in normal time.