Animation & Visual Effects (AA)

Animation & Visual Effects (AA)

The School of Animation & Visual Effects AA program offers students a strong introduction to the core principles of animation production. Course offerings include visual effects, 3D animation, 3D modeling, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding.


Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

ANM 101 Introduction to Computer Graphics for Animation Core/3
ANM 105 Introduction to 3D Production A Core/3
ANM 108 Cinematics for Animation and VFX Core/3
ANM 180 Introduction to Animation Principles and Techniques Core/3
ANM 202 Introduction to 3D Production B Core/3
ANM 251 Fundamentals of Texturing, Lookdev, and Lighting Core/3
ANM 341 Principles of Compositing Core/3
FND 108 Digital Drawing for Entertainment Core/3
FND 122 Color Fundamentals Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
GAM 107 Game Engines Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 33
Major 6
Liberal Arts 21
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    3 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Visual Communication and Problem Solving

  • Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood
  • Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into designs
  • Create digital elements/effects appropriate to assignment parameters
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cinematic continuity through sequential imagery
  • Demonstrate proficient drawing and/or modeling skills: composition, perspective, proportion, and anatomy
  • Successfully convey motion and interaction of character and/or object kinesis

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology, software and digital media

Professional Readiness

  • Produce basic materials required for an entry-level job search
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative/pipeline process

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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