About Animation

Animation is the discipline of creating the illusion of movement on screen for entertainment or informational purposes and has applications in film, television, gaming and app design.

Narrative animation has a rich history dating back to the earliest days of motion pictures on film and continues today with modern digital tools.
The Digital Animation emphasis consists of two certificates: Digital Art Foundation and Digital Animation. The program combines the study of animation, art, graphics, narrative structure and storyboarding using tools and techniques for digital animation. This course of study provides students with the foundational skills for entry-level positions in digital animation and gaming or transfer to a four-year program.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Animation can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Animator
  • Storyboard artist
  • Character designer
  • Layout artist
  • Motion graphics artist

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

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Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Animation programs at the following institutions: 

  • San Jose State University
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • California College of the Arts

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.