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Certificate Program

Animation Certificate

Learn foundational animation skills and knowledge for a broad range of career opportunities in this ever-advancing industry.

The curriculum provides a balanced introduction to industry pipelines by addressing both the creative and technical aspects. Using cutting-edge, industry-standard software and tools, students learn to conceptualize, develop, produce, and manage animation projects through a structured progression of courses with an emphasis on character-driven storytelling.

What You’ll Learn

Students who successfully complete the certificate will be able to create production-ready 2D and 3D art assets, create complex rigs, and animate original characters and stories.

  • Earn 12 credits that can be applied to a Bachelor’s degree at PCA&D or beyond
  • Tap into college learning resources and advisors
  • Software from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft, and Google professional tools
  • Build your network and exposure through campus events and career opportunities
  • Join the PCA&D alumni network

Required Classes – On Campus

AGA 201 Traditional Animation

Fall 2022, Aug 22 – Dec 2 | TBD (Evenings or Saturdays)

Students will study timing and weight through a series of projects designed to demonstrate the principles of animation, using traditional and digital programs, such as Photoshop. Issues such as keyframing, inbetweening, and cycling will be addressed.

AGA 203 Story & Screen I

Fall 2022, Aug 22 – Dec 2 | TBD (Evenings or Saturdays)

This course focuses on applying industry-standard storyboarding techniques to the fundamentals of Visual Storytelling, Storyboarding, and Film Language as relevant to the field of animation, film, and gaming. Topics to be covered include the various purposes, formats, terminology, and concepts used in the creation of storyboards and animatics with audio.

AGA 205 Computer Animation I

Fall 2022, Aug 22 – Dec 2 | TBD (Evenings or Saturdays)

The first semester of this course will explore contemporary 2D and 3D animation techniques and genres while keeping a strong focus on traditional techniques and aesthetics. Students will combine image, sound, and motion with importance placed on timing and performance. The focus will be on applying foundational animation techniques using industry-standard 3D software, Maya.

AGA 206 Computer Animation II

The second semester of this course will continue the exploration of the 3D software package and will introduce joint-based animation and rigging. Students are expected to build on the existing knowledge of computer graphics and rendering to create a 3D character, environment, and props. They will also build on their fundamentals of storytelling and design.

PCAD Animation Certificate

Career Opportunities

Certificate-holders will gain experience that’s needed in a diverse array of industries like TV and film animation, and game art. They will have access to entry-level design jobs in motion graphics, animation production, and game art production.

Who Should Enroll

The program is designed for a wide range of individuals. College experience is not a prerequisite for this program, but a passion and fondness for drawing, and working with computer data and visual design is essential. High school and college graduates, veterans, professionals, and entrepreneurs will be among the students who bring their diverse perspectives to the program.

Cost

$1,157 per credit hour
All classes in this certificate are 3 credits. A total of 12 credit hours are required. Credits to be billed per course.

How to Register

Enrolling in one of PCA&D’s Certificate Programs is simple. Confirm your intent to pursue one of our certificates by filling out an application.

If you have any questions regarding mapping out a plan, upcoming class schedules, or completing your certificate, please contact Bonnie Kern, our Admissions Transfer & Outreach Coordinator, at 717.396.7833 ext 1014 or email bkern@pcad.edu.

Start a Certificate Application