Animation (AS Degree S1006)

Mt. San Antonio College

Arts Division
Degree S1006

The Animation Program offers an integrated/interdisciplinary approach to prepare students to meet current and future job market demands. The student will be given a balanced blend of art and technology-based skills essential for today’s careers in animation. The program offers both an A.S. degree and certificates. Course content is driven by industry needs in order to provide the student with the best possible preparation for a career in animation or for transfer to an institution of higher learning. This Animation AS Degree provides expertise leading to employment opportunities as junior animators, character designers, storyboard artists, 3D modelers and game designers.     

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
ANIM 101ADrawing - Gesture and Figure3
ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
ANIM 110Animal Drawing3
ANIM 115Storyboarding3
ANIM 116Character Development1.5
Required Electives
Choose one of the following specializations:21-25
Animation
Introduction to 3D Modeling
Intermediate 3D Modeling
Introduction to 3D Animation
Intermediate 3D Animation
Demo Reel
Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
Digital Animation
Gaming
Introduction to Virtual Reality Design and Technology
Introduction to 3D Modeling
Introduction to Game Design
Introduction to 3D Animation
Game Level Design
Demo Reel
Choose two courses from the following (6-7 units):
Team Game Development
Building Worlds in Virtual Reality
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Total Units37.5-41.5

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Be able to plan, produce, collaborate on, and create 2D art and animation assets for use in games and animation productions.
  • Be able to plan, produce, collaborate on, and create 3D models of objects and environments that can be used in games, and animation productions.
  • Be able to plan, develop, and collaborate on storyboards for short animation and game productions.
  • Be able to design, collaborate on, work with external developers and produce board games, and digital games.
  • Create a portfolio demonstrating a clear understanding of selecting and organizing to present their art portfolio to animation and game studios.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.


Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Animation Track

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ANIM 100 Digital Paint and Ink 3 3
ANIM 101A Drawing - Gesture and Figure 3 3
ANIM 108 Principles of Animation 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
 Units13
Winter Term 1
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
ARTD 15A counts for C1Arts 1  
ARTD 15A or ANIM 104 prerequisite for ANIM 116 6  
 Units3
Spring Term 1
ANIM 115 Storyboarding 3 3
ANIM 116 Character Development 1.5 1.5
ANIM 130 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5 5
Certificate: Animation-Junior L1 E0414 4  
Submit Certificate Petition: Admissions Records Submit Certificate Petition: Admissions Records  
 Units12.5
Summer Term 1
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course .5 3
 Units3
Fall Term 2
ANIM 110 Animal Drawing 3 3
ANIM 132 Intermediate 3D Modeling 3 3
ANIM 175 Digital Animation 3 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
 Units12-14
Winter Term 2
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3 3-4
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
 Units6-7
Spring Term 2
ANIM 140 Introduction to 3D Animation 3 3
ANIM 146 Intermediate 3D Animation 3 3
ANIM 148 Demo Reel 3 3
ANIM 172 Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects 3 3
Certificate: Junior Animator L2 N0465 5  
 Units12
Summer Term 2
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
Animation, AS S1006 6  
Arts C1 is met with ARTD 15A 5  
 Units6
 Total Units67.5-70.5

Gaming Track

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ANIM 100 Digital Paint and Ink 3 3
ANIM 101A Drawing - Gesture and Figure 3 3
ANIM 108 Principles of Animation 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
 Units13
Winter Term 1
ARTD 15A meets Area C 1 Arts 1  
ARTD 15A or ANIM 104 prerequisite for ANIM 116 6  
 Units0
Spring Term 1
ANIM 115 Storyboarding 3 3
ANIM 116 Character Development 1.5 1.5
ANIM 130 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5 5
Certificate: Animation-Junior L1 E0414 4  
Submit Certificate Petition: Admissions Records Submit Certificate Petition: Admissions Records  
 Units12.5
Summer Term 1
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
ARTD 15A meet C1 Arts 1  
 Units6
Fall Term 2
ANIM 110 Animal Drawing 3 3
ANIM 122 Introduction to Virtual Reality Design and Technology 3 3
ANIM 131 Introduction to Game Design 3 3
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3 3-4
 Units12-13
Winter Term 2
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course .5 3
 Units3
Spring Term 2
ANIM 140 Introduction to 3D Animation 3 3
ANIM 148 Demo Reel 3 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
 Units9-11
Summer Term 2
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
 Units3
Fall Term 3
ANIM 141 Game Level Design 3 3
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
Take ANIM 137A to gain work experience 7  
Animation, AS-Gaming Track S1006 6  
Submit petition for Admissions Records Submit petition for Admissions Records  
 Units6
 Total Units64.5-67.5
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