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Animation Associate's Degree Programs

Read on to find out about associate's degree programs in animation, which can teach you to give motion to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional characters. Keep reading for curriculum and career options.

What Can I Expect from an Animation Associate's Degree Program?

An animation associate's degree program likely will provide you with a hands-on education that can help you develop and showcase your skills for prospective employers. You might learn to create 2-D and 3-D images, use models to simulate animated behavior, script narrative sequences, manipulate light and texture, use computer illustration software and scan film negatives. These programs typically take two years to complete and could result in an Associate of Art, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science. While rare, online associate's degree programs are available though some for-profit institutions.

Degree Level Associate of Art, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science
Common Courses English composition, video production, communications, motion graphics, cinematography
Possible Careers Storyboard artist, cartoon animator, web designer, video game creator, multimedia artist
Median Salary (2018) $72,520 for all multimedia artists and animators

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Might I Take?

As an animation student, you might complete courses in motion graphics, portfolio development, professional practice, video production, cinematography, visual effects and drawing. You also might learn to use various software programs, like Adobe Flash, Premier, Illustrator and After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Quicktime. Additionally, you may have to complete general education courses in psychology, communications, English composition, speech and anthropology.

What Can I Do With My Education?

With an associate's degree in animation, you might find an entry-level position as a cartoon animator, multimedia artist, storyboard artist, video game creator or web designer. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that a bachelor's degree typically is required for jobs in animation and multimedia because they require such technical skill (www.bls.gov). Thus, you might choose to apply credits from your associate's degree toward a bachelor's degree program.

What Is the Job Outlook?

According to the BLS, positions in animation and multimedia were expected to grow 8% between 2016 and 2026. This anticipated growth was attributed to increased demand for visual effects and animation in movies, television, and video games. However, outsourcing of animators and multimedia artists could slow this growth. As of May 2018, the BLS estimated that employees in this field made a median annual salary of $72,520.