Digital Effects and Animation Technology

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Certificate
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  • AAS Day Program: 5 semesters, including 1 summer term
  • Certificate Day Program: 2 semesters
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Career Description

Animators create moving images and special effects for feature films, television commercials, short features computer games and videos. They draw by hand. They use computers to create the large series of pictures (sequential drawings) which, when photographed and transferred to film or tape, then projected at a specific speed, form the animated cartoons seen in movies and on television.

Careers Available

Motion picture and television, film makers, video makers, advertising firms making commercials, printing and publishing companies, art design studies, manufacturers of electronic games, the Internet, design firms, commercial art and reproduction firms and multimedia employers.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $30,000 – $50,000/yr.

Course of Study

Students will take courses covering computer hardware and software applications, computer animation, creation and manipulation of digital images and nonlinear editing. They will become proficient at using media industry standard hardware and software to generate and manipulate images, and create digital special effects.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Strong drawing and sketching ability and basic computer skills relating to graphics and imaging processing, strong sketching and drawing ability, ability to work in a team environment.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Ability to manage detailed projects, good analytical and computer skills, a good sense of humor, ability and patience for very detailed work, idea generation, generating a number of different approaches to problems and a real love for the work.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Digital Effects and Animations Program, contact Herb Burns, Department Chair, at 336.734.7342 or