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jeff Stalians




Inland Empire/Desert


Victor Valley College

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Hamid Eydgahi

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Program Details

Program Title

Digital Media - Animation & Motion Graphics Maya Certificate of Achievement

Submission Type

Program Modifications (formerly substantial changes)

TOPs Code

Animation (061440)

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Catalog Description

Digital Media - Animation & Motion GraphicsMaya Certificate of Achievement The certificate is designed too ffer students a detailed look at one of the Animation industry’s premiere 3D packages. Students will study a variety of topics, including how to model 3D objects, creation of a realistic material, the art of camera and lightingtechniques, and an introduction to advanced keyframing. In addition to completing several animation projects, students learn about both the history of Animation and the traditional principles involved in making an individual’s work look both realistic and believable.

To acquire the Digital Media - Animation & Motion Arts Certificate of Achievement (Maya), it is necessary to complete the following:  18 units including ANIM 50, ANIM 51, ANIM 52, ANIM 53, ANIM 56 and ANIM 80. 

Enrollment Completer Projections

 Enrollment and Completer Projections:  It is projected that this program will have an enrollment of between 110 and 125 students per term and a completion rate of 80%.

Program Proposal Attributes

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  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

The DigitalMedia - Animation & Motion Graphics Maya Certificate of Achievement focuses on introducing students to the principles and techniques required to produce 3D animation design and graphics for a wide variety of computer-generated media platforms and applications.  Using industry-standard technologies, the goal of the Digital Media - Animation& Motion Graphics Maya Certificate of Achievement certificate is to prepare students for entry-level design/animation positions in one or more of the many professional opportunities within the digital animation and motion graphics industries including 3D modeler, texture artist/painter, lighting specialist, character designer, character animator, special effects animator, environment designer, game level designer, architectural animator, mechanical design animator,medical visualiza­tion artist, courtroom visualization artist, web graphics animator,storyboard artist, layout artist, graphic designer and compositor.  Interest in professional 3D animation artists is currently being driven by several factors,including the on-going growth of the video game industry, additional cutting edge applications for digital motion graphics (architecture, mechanical design,medical visualizations, courtroom evidentiary depictions, etc) and the continuing expansion of the general Los Angeles area tech industry, which serves as home to over 500 tech start-ups, in addition to major companies such as Google,Yahoo and YouTube. As the technology for digital visual communications expands its capacity to deliver diversified media content to its users, the demand for 3D animation and motion graphics content creation increases.


To acquire the DigitalMedia - Animation & Motion Graphics Maya Certificate of Achievement, it is necessary to complete the following 18 units of instruction: ANIM 50, ANIM 51, ANIM 52, ANIM 53, ANIM 56 and ANIM 80. NOTE:Students interested in transferring as digital animation majors should consult with a counselor for appropriate general education & major preparation counseling.

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Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative
(Y1 or S1)
Anim 50ANIM 50 Principles of Animation in Maya
Anim 51Advanced Materials, Lighting and Rendering with Maya
Anim 52Digital Character Animation with Maya
Anim 53Demo Reel
Anim 56Photoshop for Animators
Anim 80ZBrush Fundamentals
Program Requirements

To acquire the Digital Media - Animation & Motion Graphics Maya Certificate of Achievement students must complete the following 6 courses: ANIM 50 Principles of Animation in Maya (3 units), ANIM 51 Advanced Materials, Lighting and Rendering with Maya (3units), ANIM 52 Digital Character Animation with Maya (3 units) ANIM 53 Demo Reel (3 units) 

 ANIM56 Photoshop for Animators (3 units) and ANIM 80 ZBrush Fundamentals (3 units).  Total Units: 18

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02/28/19 - 11:12 AM



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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  03/11/19

Received regional recommendation at 3-11-2019 IEDRC Deans Meeting.