• Program: Interactive Design Video Production
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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Animators and motion graphics artists work for advertising companies, the film and video industry, and for digital design firms. They create the animations and visual effects in films, TV shows, video games, and commercials. The designer must be able to use good written, verbal and visual communication skills, both with clients and other team members. Some jobs will require independent work and others will be part of a team effort.

Career Opportunities

Animators and motion graphic artists are needed to work on video games, movie and television special effects, and interactive media. They are also needed to work on 3D animated movies. In addition, growth will occur due to an increasing need for computer graphics in the growing number of mobile technologies. Occupational titles include animator, motion graphics artist, special effects designer, effects artists, digital artist, media designer, media artist, 3D designer, 3D artist, 3D animator, and concept artist.

Award Outcomes:

  • Create assets for film, video, and games
  • Demonstrate the ability to generate mood, emotion, character, and story
  • Demonstrate mastery of animation and motion graphics software and technology
  • Create animations using both 2D and 3D techniques
  • Understand workflow and production processes in animation and motion graphics
  • Communicate ideas and production direction in both written and spoken forms
  • Produce a professional portfolio up to industry standards

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 45 Credits
General Education Requirements 15 Credits
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose six credits from MnTC Goal Area 2 6
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Areas 3-10 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • ENGL2130 Introduction to Creative Writing 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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