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Digital Media: 3D Modeling and Animation Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 33
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Term Effective: Fall 2017


The 3D Modeling and Animation Certificate of Achievement 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.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

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 Certificate program are:

  • Complete 33 units from
    • Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Core Requirements - complete 33.00 units
APTECH 43Computer 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:
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 12Beginning Figure 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 13.00
CS 74.42BGame Development 23.00
DANCE 10.1Introduction to Dance Movement1.50
KCOMB 2.1Beginning Judo1.00
KCOMB 3.1Beginning Karate1.50
THAR 10AIntroduction to Acting3.00
THAR 10BScene Study and Characterization3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2017

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 2018

Previous Versions:

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

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.


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