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Certificate Program

Animation Certificate

The Animation Certificate provides foundational skills and knowledge for a broad range of career opportunities in the ever-advancing animation 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.


$1,115 per credit hour
All classes in this certificate are 3 credits. A total of 12 credit hours are required.

Required Classes

AGA 201 Traditional Animation

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

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

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 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.

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.

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