3D Modeling & Animation

The 3D Modeling and Animation Certificate of Achievement provides fundamental skills for entry into a wide range of industries, including entertainment, architecture, electronic gaming, advertising, and educational media, as well as forensics and medical animation, and 3D simulations.

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation – Certificate Goals

The purpose of the Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation program Certificate of Achievement 

This program also prepares students for advanced animation education through degree granting institutions and schools specializing in the film and broadcast fields.

Students will explore the principles of three-dimensional (3D) modeling, texturing, lighting and animating, as well as the application of particle systems and dynamics to produce a range of effects. Emphasis is placed on modeling, rigging and animating 3D characters, and upon creating sophisticated 3D scenes. Upon completion, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the basic practices of designing, building, and animating 3D environments, characters, and visual effects.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Overview (links to SRJC certificate programs page)

3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Requirements - complete 33 units
Course # Course Name Units Delivery
    Classroom Online
APTECH 43 Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max 3.0 X  
APTECH 63 3D Animation: Modeling and Rigging 4.0 X  
APTECH 64 3D Animation: Visual Effects, Character Animation and Compositing 4.0 X  
APTECH 65 Advanced Animation Workshop 4.0 X  
ART 5 Three Dimensional Design 3.0 X  
CS 70.11A Adobe Photoshop 1 3.0 X  
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media 3.0 X  
CS 74.21A Digital Video Post Production Techniques 1 1.5 X  
CS 74.21B Digital Video Post Production Techniques 2 1.5 X  
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
APGR 72 Principles of Screen Design 1.5 X  
ART 4 Principles of Color 3.0 X  
ART 12 Figure Drawing 3.0 X  
CS 70.11B Adobe Photoshop 2 3.0 X  
CS 74.21C Digital Video Post Production Techniques 3 3.0 X  
CS 74.21D Digital Video Post Production Techniques 4 3.0 X  
CS 74.41A Game Design 1 3.0 X  
CS 74.41B Game Design 2 3.0 X  
CS 74.42A Game Development with C#/XNA 1 3.0 X  
CS 74.42B Game Development with C#/XNA 2 3.0 X  
DANCE 10.1 Introduction to Dance Movement 1.5 X  
KCOMB 2.1 Beginning Judo 1.0 X  
KCOMB 3.1 Beginning Karate 1.0-1.5 X  
THAR 10A Introduction to Acting 3.0 X  
THAR 10B Scene Study and Characterization 3.0 X  
3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Requirements - complete 33 units
Course # Course Title Units Semester Offered Prerequisites
First Semester
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media 3.0 Fa, Sp  
CS 70.11A Adobe Photoshop 1 3.0 Fa, Sp, Sum  
APTECH 43 Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max 3.0 Fa, Sp, Sum  
  First Semester Unit Total 9.0    
  Second Semester      
ART 5 Three Dimensional Design 3.0 Fa, Sp  
APTECH 63 3D Animation: Modeling and Rigging 4.0 Sp Course Completion of APTECH 43 ( or APTECH 53)
  Restricted Electives (see program website for list) 3.0    
  Second Semester Unit Total 10.0    
  Third Semester      
APTECH 64 3D Animation: Visual Effects, Character Animation and Compositing 4.0 Fa, Sp Course Completion of APTECH 43 ( or APTECH 53)
CS 74.21A Digital Video Post Production Techniques 1 1.5 Fa, Sp  
CS 74.21B Digital Video Post Production Techniques 2 1.5 Fa, Sp Course Completion CS 74.21A OR CS 74.11
  Third Semester Unit Total 7.0    
  Fourth Semester      
APTECH 65 Advanced Animation Workshop 4.0 Sp, Sum Course Completion of APTECH 64 and Course Completion of APTECH 63
  Free Electives (4.0)    
  Fourth Semester Unit Total 4.0    
Minimum units to meet program requirements: 33.0