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Digital Media: 3D Modeling and Animation (AS) Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 34
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Term Effective: Spring 2011


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 and Animation (AS) program are:

  • Complete 34 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 53 Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max3.00
APTECH 63 3D Animation: Modeling and Rigging4.00
APTECH 64 3D Animation: Visual Effects, Character Anim. & Compositing4.00
APTECH 65 Advanced 3D Animation Workshop4.00
ART 5 Three Dimensional Design3.00
CS 70.11A Adobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media3.00
CS 74.21A Digital Video Post Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21B Digital Video Post Production Techniques 21.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
APGR 72 Principles of Screen Design1.50
ART 4 Principles of Color3.00
ART 12 Figure Drawing3.00
CS 70.11B Adobe Photoshop 23.00
CS 74.21C Digital Video Post Production Techniques 33.00
CS 74.21D Digital Video Post Production Techniques 43.00
CS 74.41A Game Design 13.00
CS 74.41B Game Design 23.00
CS 74.42A Game Development with C#/XNA 13.00
CS 74.42B Game Development with C#/XNA 23.00
DANCE 10 Introduction to Dance Movement1.00-2.00
DANCE 35 Improvisation1.00
PHYED 70.1 Beginning Judo1.00
PHYED 71.1 Beginning Karate1.00-1.50
THAR 10A Introduction to Techniques of Acting3.00
THAR 10B Techniques of Acting3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

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.

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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