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Digital Media: 3D Modeling and Animation (AS) Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 29
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


The 3D Modeling and Animation major 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, building, 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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Digital Media: 3D Modeling and Animation (AS) program are:

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements - complete 28.00 units
APTECH 43Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max3.00
APTECH 1623D Animation: Visual Effects and Compositing2.00
APTECH 633D Animation: Modeling and Rigging4.00
APTECH 643D Animation: Character Animation4.00
APTECH 65Advanced 3D Animation Workshop4.00
APTECH 1683D Animation: Introduction to Virtual Reality2.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
APTECH 46Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 69Introduction to Cartooning and Sequential Art3.00
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 74.21ADigital Video Post-Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21BDigital Video Post-Production Techniques 21.50
CS 74.41AGame Design 13.00
CS 74.41BGame Design 23.00
CS 74.42AGame Development 13.00
CS 74.42BGame Development 23.00
CS 78.13D Printing3.00
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
MEDIA 22Screenwriting3.00
THAR 10AIntroduction to Acting3.00
THAR 10BScene Study and Characterization3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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 2019

Previous Versions:

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation - effective Fall 2017
Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation - effective Fall 2016
Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation - effective Fall 2014
Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation - effective Fall 2012
Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation - effective Spring 2011

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.

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.

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