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What will I learn?

Art and technology merge to create your career. Everyone knows that animation fuels award-winning movies and special effects, but did you know that animation skills are also widely used in the advertising, engineering, architecture and healthcare fields?

Introductory classes in animation teach you important, marketable skills, including:

  • modeling
  • rigging
  • texturing
  • digital sculpting
  • character animation
  • motion graphics
  • visual effects
  • compositing

Advanced classes incorporate the 548-square-foot Motion Capture Studio. Sixteen cameras project infrared light onto markers on a special suit, and then those markers appear as coordinates within a powerful software program. The result is better animations in less time.

Are you thrilled with virtual and augmented reality and ready to learn the skills that create those worlds? JCCC has the software and hardware for that, too. Create your own virtual reality projects for your portfolio.


Realize your own artistic vision in both 2-D and 3-D environments, develop computer-generated models, and experiment with state-of-the-art technologies such as motion capture and virtual reality. Choose JCCC for animation and have access to the same cutting-edge software and hardware behind popular video games and blockbuster films.

Discuss concepts such as character development with experienced professors, and create a demo reel you can use to show off your skills.

Learn about animation outside of the classroom as well. These clubs, part of the more than 80 student clubs and organizations at JCCC, meet to bring together students just like you:

Animation Association – a club for students who want to be animators or who appreciate animation

Anime and Manga Club – attend area Anime conventions and share your love of this Asian-style animation

Video Game Club – play a variety of game systems, from GameCube to virtual reality, and just hang out

Jeffrey Byers, Professor, Animation
"Animation draws from fine arts, creative writing, storytelling, directing, videography, film, photography, graphic arts, acting and multimedia. It’s the most rewarding and fun job in the entertainment industry, which is a multibillion-dollar business. An AAS degree will help launch your career."
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The diversity of delivery methods and specialization will allow you to master a niche skill set. For example, if you want to work in film, concentrate on animation and tool techniques for movie studios or focus on a subset of film animation like character sculpting and texturing. You may seek jobs creating computer games, music videos and commercials.

Expand your abilities by pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. Check out transfer opportunities in the Counseling office.

Download the Animation and Game Development Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.