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From movies and television shows to commercials and video games, animation is integrated into so much of the content we consume daily. Study animation, and you will get to choose from numerous rewarding careers.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Animation Program?

Art and technology merge to create your career in animation. Everyone knows that animation and special effects fuel award-winning movies, 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 essential, marketable skills, including:

  • Modeling
  • Rigging
  • Texturing
  • Digital sculpting
  • Character animation
  • Motion graphics
  • Visual effects
  • Compositing

Advanced Animation classes incorporate use of 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.

You'll complete your coursework by creating an independent animated production to add to your portfolio. Upon completing the 64 required credit hours, you'll earn your Animation-Entertainment and Game Art Design AAS from JCCC.

Why JCCC's Animation Program?

Choose JCCC for Animation and gain access to the same cutting-edge software and hardware behind popular video games and blockbuster films. 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. 

JCCC's Animation courses will allow you to discuss concepts such as character development with experienced professors and create a demo reel you can use to show off your skills. Our small class sizes allow you to have one-on-one time with highly qualified Animation instructors with experience in the field.

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 Club — 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

Resources and Tools for JCCC Students

Students have access to many resources and tools at JCCC.

Our Financial Aid office can help you with scholarships or student loans.

With our Academic Counseling and Career Development Center services, you can ensure your studies align with your long-term goals and boost your success. 

You may also decide to transfer your credits to a four-year university. Transferring allows you to gain further knowledge and skills.

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 skillset. 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.

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.

At JCCC, our team works hard to provide tools and resources to help you with tuition and other student costs. 

Here's what we offer to each of our students:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.