An online certificate program in animation may provide students with additional training on character animation for use in video games, television programs, or movies. These programs typically span one- to-two years and students may learn how to develop animated characters and 3D geometric models by using computer software programs. Program coursework may feature a handful of courses, some of which may include media design fundamentals, digital graphics, and photo principles and lighting.
Students who complete an online certificate program may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in additional degree programs. Graduates of online certificate programs may find employment in television, motion pictures, video gaming, and computer software publishing.
- Undergraduate Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
- Graduate Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
- Program Length: One to two years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment
- Projected Employment Growth: 8% (2010-2020)*
Coursework for certificate-level animation programs may also feature game design or three-dimensional classes, and students may need to have a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. Students may learn how to design 3D interactive animation, hone their creative and innovative skills, and understand visual principles of lighting. Courses within these programs may include:
- Interactive Computer Graphics
- Character Animation
- Digital Graphics
- Photo Principles and Lighting
- Media Design Fundamentals
- Motion Graphics
- 3D Modeling
Graduates of certificate programs may find employment in video gaming, computer software publishing, television and motion pictures, or public relations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in animation and multimedia may increase by 8% from 2010-2020*.
Possible careers include:
- Video Game Designer
- Storyboard Artist
- 3D Modeler
- Motion Graphic Artist
Individuals who successfully finish an online graduate certificate in animation may further their education by enrolling in a two-year master’s-level program in the field. A master’s degree program may provide students with additional training and walk them through every phase of the filmmaking process. However, most employers only require potential candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and a strong portfolio for entry-level employment.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook