The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with an emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry.
6 - 12 months
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
3-D animation is not only a major component in the film and broadcast industries, it is also a crucial element in online entertainment and a driving force for the gaming industry. Companies use animation in advertisements, web sites, and training programs. The growing use of gaming technologies in education and industry (often referred to as serious games) has given rise to a need for skilled animators who can work closely with business and academic institutions.
Coursework will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling, and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing. The courses in this program also serve as a concentration in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media.
Graduates are positioned for jobs in diverse fields such as film, online entertainment, business and academic institutions, and the gaming industry
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Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)
October 18, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022)
December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022)
February 8, 2022
Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation General Requirements
DGM 6450 - Animation Basics
DGM 6510 - 3D Modeling
DGM 6515 - Introduction to After Effects
DGM 6530 - Character Animation
DGM 6540 - Compositing
Complete one from the following:
DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6535 - Rigging Principles and Techniques
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers:
A practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with an emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry.
Coursework that will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
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