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Entertainment Art - Digital Characters (Animation)

Entertainment Art students work in a collaborative environment on project based assignments that revolve around creativity and innovation. Students are taught the skills they will need in order to create amazing artwork using the latest digital tools.  The curriculum centers on the current production techniques used in designing the visual components found in games, apps, feature films and the web. From the fundamentals of 2D visual development through the pipeline for creating a finished 3D piece, students are guided by industry professionals. Entertainment Art students finish their training with portfolios full of intriguing and elaborate digital characters.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ART 130 - Freehand Drawing IM3.0
ART 130 - Freehand Drawing I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a first semester course for art and non-art majors interested in developing basic drawing skills. As an introduction to observational drawing and composition, students will develop the ability to perceive and define shape, contour, volume, space, and light using a variety of drawing media and subject matter. Emphasis is on clarity of observation and the ability to order and translate 3-dimensional form and space into 2-dimensional drawings.

ANIM 101 - Introduction to Digital 3-D AnimationM4.0
ANIM 101 - Introduction to Digital 3-D Animation (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is an introduction to the production pipeline used in games, film and TV. Students will be introduced to the concepts of digital sculpting, lighting, texturing, rendering, rigging, and animating 3-D objects. This course is beneficial for all students in courses related to graphic arts (multimedia, illustration, web and game design, and film production) and industrial design (architectural, automotive, furniture, clothing, and product design).

ANIM 110 - Digital Character AnimationM4.0
ANIM 110 - Digital Character Animation (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; ANIM 105
Transfers to: CSU

This course will provide students with an opportunity to further develop their skills in the art of creating three-dimensional digital character animation. Students will learn how to create short animation sequences and loops using digital characters. This course is appropriate and beneficial for all students in courses related to graphic arts (such as those that focus on multimedia, internet web design, game design, and broadcast media production) and industrial design (including architecture, automotive, furniture, clothing, and product design). Students will be introduced to the use of storyboards and relevant concepts related to body mechanics, acting for animators, pose-to-pose and straight ahead animation, control rigging, and animating mechanical subject matter.

ANIM 130 - Modeling for GamesM4.0
ANIM 130 - Modeling for Games (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ANIM 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is an introduction to the basic principles used in 3-D modeling, UVW unwrapping, and texturing for games. The course is intended for beginning 3-D students and covers the tools and techniques used in the creation of 3-D game assets. This course is beneficial for all students in courses related to graphic arts (multimedia, illustration, web and game design, and film production) and industrial design (architectural, automotive, furniture, clothing, and product design).

ART 230 - Beginning Life DrawingM3.0
ART 230 - Beginning Life Drawing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ART 130
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a first semester course for art, animation, and non-art majors interested in developing the basic drawing skills of representing the human figure. As an introduction to observational figure drawing and composition, students will develop the ability to perceive and define the anatomy and structural organization of the human form in terms of expressive design and creative use of drawing media.

Total Semester Units:18.0 
2nd Semester
ANIM 105 - Principles of 3-D Digital AnimationM4.0
ANIM 105 - Principles of 3-D Digital Animation (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ART 130; ART 230
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the basic principles of 3-D digital animation. The topics covered in this course are the starting point for any student interested in becoming a digital animator. Through the use of solid drawing and 3-D software such as Maya, students will learn to master fundamentals like squash and stretch, timing, weight, drag, and follow through. This course provides students with the opportunity to build and refine the basic skill set necessary to be a digital animator.

ART 170 - Introduction to Digital PaintingM3.0
ART 170 - Introduction to Digital Painting (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment;
Prerequisite: ART 130
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students majoring in the Visual Arts: including Fine Arts, Illustration, Animation, Graphic Art and any student interested in learning to use the computer as a tool for original image making. The course will survey traditional drawing and painting techniques using computer technologies such as software, drawing tablets, scanners and printers. Students will investigate the fundamental pictorial elements of line, shape, space, color, and texture as well as the formal relationship of these elements to produce original works of art while learning the technology, concepts, and practices of digital art production.

ART 260 - Figure Drawing for AnimatorsM3.0
ART 260 - Figure Drawing for Animators (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ART 230
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment

This figure drawing course for animators and art students focuses on gesture and how to capture the essential movement, dynamic expression, and the individual attitude of the model. It provides an introduction to figure drawing for animation and is designed to promote deeper understanding of life drawing that will serve as a foundation for further studies in animation and entertainment arts. Students will refine basic skills in drawing human anatomy while learning to draw the figure in sequential movement, understand weight and balance, facial and body expression, and figure invention. This course may be taken by art majors wishing to further life drawing skills and is recommended for all animation art majors.

Total Semester Units:10.0 
3rd Semester
ANIM 140 - Entertainment Art PortfolioM4.0
ANIM 140 - Entertainment Art Portfolio (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ANIM 101; ANIM 105
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course will prepare digital artists to talk about and present their artwork in a professional manner. Students will select an area of concentration within entertainment art and prepare a portfolio project using programs such as Photoshop CC, Premier CC, ZBrush, Maya, and the Unity game engine. This course is an excellent opportunity for students interested in developing and presenting a body of work that will help them take the next step in their professional career.

ANIM 133 - Character DesignM4.0
ANIM 133 - Character Design (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:ANIM 260
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; ART 170
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This class is intended to teach the fundamentals of character design. Students learn the basics in character development by revising and polishing innovative designs of visually intriguing characters. The course helps students’ master and use gesture, construction and anatomy in their designs. Students learn to use digital tools to sketch, paint and build a visually compelling portfolio of characters.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
Total Units for Entertainment Art - Digital Characters (Animation) COA program 36.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

When given a concept design or illustration problem, students will employ proficient problem-solving skills using research, development, ideation, and sequential art.


2

When tasked with a character design, students will employ traditional and digital tools to generate an assortment of concept art, including creatures, characters, and costumes in both 2D and 3D.


3

When tasked with the development of a character and story, students will effectively employ anatomy, gesture, staging, and action.


4

When given a final concept, students will generate 3D assets using effective polyflow practices to allow for appropriate rendering, animation, and clean unwraps.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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