Digital Media: 3D Modeling and Animation (AS) Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 34.0

Term Effective: Spring 2011

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2012

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.


The 3D Modeling and Animation Certificate provides fundamental skills for entry into a wide range of industries, including entertainment, architecture, electronic gaming, advertising, and educational media, as well as forensics and medical animation, and 3D simulations. This program also prepares students for advanced animation education through degree granting institutions and schools specializing in the film and broadcast fields.

Students will explore the principles of three-dimensional (3D) modeling, texturing, lighting and animating, as well as the application of particle systems and dynamics to produce a range of effects. Emphasis is placed on modeling, rigging and animating 3D characters, and upon creating sophisticated 3D scenes. Upon completion, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the basic practices of designing, builiding, and animating 3D environments, characters, and visual effects.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic practices of designing, building, and animating 3D environments, characters, and visual effects; and
  2. produce 3D animations consistent with industry requirements for entry level animators.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation program are:

  • Complete 34.0 units from
    • Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements - complete 33.00 units
APTECH 53Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max3.00
APTECH 633D Animation: Modeling and Rigging4.00
APTECH 643D Animation: Visual Effects, Character Anim. & Compositing4.00
APTECH 65Advanced 3D Animation Workshop4.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
CS 74.21ADigital Video Post Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21BDigital Video Post Production Techniques 21.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
APGR 72Principles of Screen Design1.50
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 12Figure Drawing3.00
CS 70.11BAdobe Photoshop 23.00
CS 74.21CDigital Video Post Production Techniques 33.00
CS 74.21DDigital Video Post Production Techniques 43.00
CS 74.41AGame Design 13.00
CS 74.41BGame Design 23.00
CS 74.42AGame Development with C#/XNA 13.00
CS 74.42BGame Development with C#/XNA 23.00
DANCE 10Introduction to Dance Movement1.00-2.00
DANCE 35Improvisation1.00
PHYED 70.1Beginning Judo1.00
PHYED 71.1Beginning Karate1.00-1.50
THAR 10AIntroduction to Techniques of Acting3.00
THAR 10BTechniques of Acting3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


An application for a Certificate of Achievement of 33 units has been submitted to the State Chancellor’s Office, but has not yet been approved.

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