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AA in Animation



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The Associate of Arts Degree in Animation is recommended for those who are interested in the field of Entertainment Art and Animation. The Animation degree prepares students for the entertainment arts through training in traditional and digital methods. Artists from AAA studios guide Rio Hondo’s Animation program and each year students have the opportunity to interact with them through demos, guest speaker spots and critiques. The animation courses foster creativity and innovation and are focused on project based assignments. Using state-of-the-industry software students create portfolios full of engaging characters and the detailed worlds they live in! Visit the Animation Program web page to get more information and see what our students have created.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  • Successful students will be able to develop and communicate a concept design that is original and engaging by using both digital and traditional methods such as quick sketching, perspective drawing and digital sculpture.
  • Animating digital character or man-made object successful students will exhibit a knowledge and understanding of the principals of animation.
  • Using the latest digital visualization tools and given a concept design describing an environment, character or man-made object, successful students will competently create a project appropriate for a portfolio in the entertainment industry.

NOTE: Students are advised to check with the Counseling Department for the courses accepted into the Animation major at the four-year institutions where they seek transfer.

Advising Sheet: Animation 20-21

To acquire the Associate of Arts Degree in Animation, students must complete the graduation requirements of the college along with the following courses, with a grade of “C” or better:

Required Courses
ANIM 101 Introduction to Digital 3D Animation 4
ANIM 105 Principles of Digital Animation 4
ART 105 or
ART 105H
*Survey of Western Art: Prehistory through the Middle Ages 3
ART 106 or
Art 106H
*Survey of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary 3
ART 120 Two Dimensional Design 3
ART 121 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 130 Freehand Drawing I 3
Choose one course from the following:
ANIM 110 Digital Character Animation 4
ANIM 120 Lighting and Texture 4
ANIM 130 Modeling for Games 4
ANIM 260 *Figure Drawing for Animators 3
ART 170 Introduction to Digital Painting 3

Units Required: 26 – 27