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Earn Your Animation and Motion Graphics Specialization Bachelor's, Associate's or Diploma

Advance your skills and creativity with coursework that includes challenging, relevant and real-world design scenarios. We offer Graphic Design Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees and diplomas with specialization in Animation and Motion Graphics to help you launch or advance your career in this fast growing, ever-evolving field.

Our curriculum incorporates techniques from both traditional art and multimedia design, and allow you to utilize and gain a proficiency with a wide-range of the latest industry-standard tools such as Adobe® Creative Suite® Master Collection and Autodesk® 3ds Max®. Acquiring these skills and the knowledge that comes with it will help you develop your professional design portfolio to showcase to prospective employers, or can augment your existing work to advance your career. In addition, our curriculum is delivered by industry-experienced instructors specialized in graphic design character animation, 3D modeling, and special and visual effects techniques.

To enhance your resume even further, students will take the Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication certification exam in Adobe Photoshop, with an opportunity to obtain two additional certifications at no additional cost.*

Learn animation and motion graphics design with the most up-to-date software and hardware available

Today's digital design, animation and motion graphics world allows designers and animators to expand their talent far beyond basic web design. Whether you're producing award-winning advertising, helping law enforcement officers with 3D forensic animation, or creating a virtual walk-through animation for home design or special effects movie graphics, our Animation and Motion Graphics degrees can lead you to paths you may have never before thought possible.

In addition, our curriculum is delivered by industry-experienced instructors specialized in graphic design character animation, 3D modeling, and special and visual effects techniques.

We ensure that when you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge to utilize the most current technologies available, so you'll integrate seamlessly into your new career. As a Rasmussen College student, all your software is provided to you, including such cutting-edge software as Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Adobe® Creative Suite® Master Collection and a digital drawing tablet.

Learn more about our Graphic Design degree with specialization in Animation and Motion Graphics by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Earn Industry Certifications

In an effort to provide the highest educational and creative standards, Rasmussen College helps prepare students for highly sought-after industry certifications. Each certification indicates to prospective employers that you have learned key skills in these necessary and fundamental design applications, and are provided to help you master the essential tools that augment both inspiration and creativity, giving you a competitive edge while helping you grow to become successful as a Graphic Designer in your chosen field.

Program Highlights
  • Experience first-hand classroom exercises that provide real-world design, animation and motion graphics skills, including traditional art and media design, website design, 3D animation and special effects movie graphics
  • Create a comprehensive digital portfolio that highlights your talents, and can be showcased to potential employers upon graduation, or help update your existing work
  • Create industry-relevant projects in a collaborative environment while developing your proficiency with the latest versions of Autodesk 3ds Max and Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection
  • Work one-on-one with a career services advisor to help find the best graphic design career for you after graduation

Adobe Creative Suite is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Autodesk and Autodesk 3ds Max are registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc.

Animation and Motion Graphics Courses

After you've completed your Animation and Motion Graphics specialization, you will have gained a level-appropriate understanding of visual design, 3D design and animation, and how to harness these skills to help you be successful when creating digital multimedia. Plus, your instructors can be your greatest resource as you dive into the material and create something truly inspiring.

Sample Course List

3D Modeling
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of 3-dimensional modeling. Students learn basic modeling techniques, texture, lighting, and environmental effects, to create forms based on observed objects, as well as student's original concepts. Basic constructs are covered such as: primitive objects, polygon modeling, nurbs, booleans, extrusions, lofting, revolving/lathing, software interface navigation, model exporting and rendering. This course will provide training in a variety of industry-standard 3D design software.
3D Lighting, Texturing & Rendering
Expanding upon prior experience with 3D modeling and animation, students will take a deeper look into the specifics of lighting, texturing, and rendering. Advanced texturing techniques and methods, in combination with best practices for lighting various model scenarios, will be explored and then further refined through examining output from multiple renderers.
3D Animation
Building upon knowledge of 3D modeling and rendering and 3D animation from earlier coursework, this course will focus on advancing 3D animation skills, techniques, and proficiencies towards creating an animated digital short film. Emphasis on refining application of the 12 animation principles, life-like animation, forward and inverse kinematics, scene staging, and camera work. This course will provide training in a variety of industry-standard 3D design software.
Digital Effects
This course focuses on the use and application of effects in film and video at an advanced, post-production level. Professional methods of controlling digital and video representation and 3D effects are examined. Students exhibit a mastery of the digital workflow by compositing footage, digital imagery, and computer graphics. Topics include virtual cinematography, morphing, lighting, rendering, particle effects, dynamics, camera properties, motion tracking, and filters.
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  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Graphic Designer$26,690$34,040$44,830
Art Director$44,500$58,950$83,000

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study

*Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.