Digital Media – Animation Concentration

Associate in Applied Science

Take your ideas from concept to content in YCCC’s Digital Media – Animation program. Our degree gives you the foundational knowledge and skills to create and manipulate content for computer animation. You’ll become familiar with specialized computer software and applications for commercial, industrial, and entertainment animation needs. Graduates are prepared for work in interactive multimedia, including in storyboarding, 2D animation, basic game design, 3D object and character design, texturing and lighting, animating, special effects, and rendering final output to a demo reel.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks

    Full-time
    Part-time

  • Estimated degree completion time

    4 semesters, 60 credits

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Courses

Classes like Drawing for Animation; Computer Animation; and 3D Modeling and Character Animation bring animation to the forefront of your digital media education. Students learn the processes of developing a concept from sketch to screen, building scenes, lighting and texturing, and integration of sound. The fundamentals of animation, such as storyboarding, timing, and staging are emphasized.


Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical skills in traditional and digital media, applying principles of design to their work.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of software applications related to digital media.
  • Develop web pages, print layouts, and animations that display technical knowledge and design principles.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, advertisers, art directors, designers, and producers.
  • Work effectively as a part of a team, acting responsibly and respectfully to complete various design projects.
  • Research design trends to choose appropriate fonts, imagery, and colors for an array of design projects.
  • Analyze multicultural influences on design trends.
  • Apply appropriate design ratio and scale between imagery and message.
  • Produce a demo reel that is technically correct and demonstrates animation design principles.
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Careers

The Digital Media – Animation Option is designed to prepare students for careers that include: production designer, concept artist, character designer, effects designer, storyboard artist, pre-vis artist, modeler, texture artist, texture painter, rigger, animator, character animator, junior animator, production assistant, renderer, and editing assistant.

Meet the Faculty

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    Chair/Faculty - Digital Media

    Birthed in the deep snow of CNY, and raised among the waves of the mighty St. Lawrence River, Michael moved to New England with his family as a youngster and fell deeply in love with the curmudgeonly Yankee culture so ingrained in this lovely foundation stone of America. Initially not receptive to traditional models of education, Michael grudgingly completed high school and worked for years in factory jobs, focused on the routine life of the everyday. Eventually the calling of higher education and career based work lured him away from the production based labor force and into school where Michael studied Art and communication. Art specifically interested Michael, as he had a natural proclivity and familiarity with due to his childhood and his father. As a boy, he grew up in his father’s painting studio, drawing and working next to his Dad, watching him working and hearing stories about his Grandfather who was also an oil painter. This lifelong love of art would lead to college, which led to Michael’s natural teacher emerging to help other students who were struggling. This caught the attention of one of the instructors who encouraged Michael to continue studies at the Masters level and become a teacher of Art. Due to his love of Martial Arts, Michael had been teaching for a while already in his dojo and knew he loved helping students learn. Now he pursued the educational credentials to go along with his natural love of teaching, and make teaching a career instead of just a hobby. Years of work in the private sector during his graduate work allowed Michael to accumulate experience relative to the areas he would teach, and provided a real world project based approach to teaching. Michael teaches in the areas of Graphic Design, Animation, Gaming and traditional Art. His favorite thing about teaching is when he sees a student achieve something they previously doubted they were capable of, and the joy and confidence that achievement brings to them. Michael lives in Dover, NH with his wife Wendy and his 6 year old daughter Zella, who shares Michael’s love of art and creates drawings and sculptures with him almost daily. In addition to the teaching at the College and his Dojo, Michael is an artist and sculptor and frequently displays his work.

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