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Enjoy a career where you bring ideas to life.

In our media-rich world, computer animation skills are always in demand. Computer animators blend their artistic skills with computer technologies to turn ideas into 2D and 3D images—animations and graphics that are used in Web sites, video games, film, television, and other visual media. Often, they specialize in one area, such as animated characters, background scenery, special effects, or video games.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Computer Animation Associate Degree from Baker College

Computer AnimationAssociate of Applied Science

Put your creativity to work.

Enjoy a career where you bring ideas to life.

In our media-rich world, computer animation skills are always in demand. Computer animators blend their artistic skills with computer technologies to turn ideas into 2D and 3D images—animations and graphics that are used in Web sites, video games, film, television, and other visual media. Often, they specialize in one area, such as animated characters, background scenery, special effects, or video games.

Discover Your Future Computer Animation Career

Career Facts

$61,370

Median salary for Animators

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$80,880

Median salary for Art Directors

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Overview

Baker’s Computer Animation program is designed and taught by animation professionals, whose experience brings a deeper dimension to your studies. 

Using state-of-the-art hardware and software, you learn a broad range of animation and graphic skills and techniques—graphics, computer animation, visual effects, concept and character development, interactive design and development, Web design, and programming. It’s a curriculum designed to give you multiple opportunities to be creative in a variety of media. 

As a graduate, you’ll have a solid foundation that prepares you to work in many different areas—interactive media, Web 3D, animation, video game development, or video effects.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Computer Animation Major67 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAP 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents the development of Story and character concepts into finished images, working traditionally and on the computer. Concentrates on the development of these skills through the exploration of different topics and projects relevant to professional animation. Emphasis will be placed on storyboarding, elements of drawing, character development, functional body-mechanics, personality traits and other subjects related to story development and illusion of life.

Concept and Character Development4
CAP 111
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2 Quarter Hours

Presents the history of animation from novelty to entertainment art form including its use in education, advertising, video games, online media, and corporate communications. Examines how animators and studios such as Winsor McCay, Bray Studio, Fleischer Brothers, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, Pixar, and Dreamworks evolved and influenced the art form. Students will be introduced to the many different forms of animation including hand drawn keyframe, clay animation, and digital.

History of Animation2
CAP 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts and terminology of computer graphics as it is used in film, visual effects, games, and animation. Students will have a better understanding of the different disciplines that collectively make up computer graphics production. Students will explore 2D animation production and compositing using Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Introduction to Computer Animation4
CAP 161
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an advanced study in Texture Theory and Material creation building upon the skills acquired from previous coursework. Exploration into color and lighting, preparing images to be exported for interactive design, 3D gaming, material mapping, motion graphics and animation will be the focal point. This course will also introduce the student to the world of 3D modeling using 3Ds Max. Students will be required to import textures and materials into the Material Editor within 3Ds Max and learn how to manipulate them for object wrapping, lighting techniques, and bump maps.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 151, GRC 131A.
Digital Imaging for Animation4
CAP 201A
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides the basics of 3D computer graphics and animation. This foundation course helps students understand 3D animation terminology and the role of the 3ds Max platform in providing artists with the ability to model, animate, and to render using an integrated workspace. Students will be able to create, animate and render 3D scenes using 3ds Max software. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 161
Computer Animation I6
CAP 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the opportunity to expand upon the basics of 3D computer animation and the 3ds Max interface. In this second course, students will focus on refining their 3D modeling and texture mapping skills and be introduced to particles and advanced animation concepts and techniques. Students will model and texture 3D objects and create animated sequences.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 201A
Computer Animation II4
CAP 203
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the opportunity to expand upon the basics of animation and keyframes. Students will focus on understanding the basics of lighting, animate materials and synchronize animation to a sound track.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 202
Computer Animation III4
CAP 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers game and level design for computer games and other interactive media projects. This course emphasizes theory of game development, use of an interactive design process, and non-digital prototyping. The student is instructed in the creation of game levels using digital tools. Each student will develop a game concept and design a game level using a 3D game engine.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 201A. CAP 202.
Interactive Design and Game Development4
CAP 221
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2 Quarter Hours

Challenges students to apply a critical eye toward the body of work created during the first year. This will present an opportunity for assessment toward what projects could be included in the Final Reel the students will produce during the CAP271 Digital Portfolio Project course. It will also offer time to revisit work that needs to be cleaned up for professional presentation, thus giving time to continue working with applications and concepts presented in the first year.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 161. CAP 201A.
Computer Animation Portfolio Preparation2
CAP 271
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to compile and evaluate the body of work from the Computer Animation program into a portfolio on DVD format. By applying skills in the use of several leading software applications in the Adobe Production Suite (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and Encore DVD), the portfolio will include projects from the Graphics, Web, and Animation classes. Students will refine their projects based upon industry standards and produce a demo reel of the body of work of their choice which best highlights the skills they have acquired during the program to present to prospective employers.

Prerequisite(s):
CAP 202. CAP 203.
Computer Animation Portfolio Project4
DMD 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the design process and design principles used in conjunction with current digital media production. Projects explore the elements of typography, color, layout, and creative conceptualization.

Introduction to Digital Media Communications4
DMD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to industry standard, image-editing software which contains tools for designers to produce sophisticated graphics for the Web and print. Students will learn basic image adjustment and retouching as well as techniques for manipulating and combining images.

Prerequisite(s):
Any of the INF courses.
Introduction to Graphic Imaging4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
WEB 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces concepts in Web site development using Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML) and other components such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript. Topics will include: evolution of Web development, Web site design concepts, standard HTML techniques, and trends in the field of Web Development.

Introduction to HTML4
WEB 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

Instructs students in the creation of a Web site and in the use of Web page development tools. Students apply their skills in the creation of Web pages using text, graphics, tables, and frames. This course will enable students to create their own Web pages and Web sites for publishing information on the Internet. Emphasis on effective design and layout of Web pages and sites is provided.

Prerequisite(s):
Any INF course or WEB 111B.
World Wide Web Design4
WEB 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to Web-development tools for animation. Enables students to produce Web sites with interactive objects, graphics, and animation.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 111B.
Web Multi-Media4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 95

Program Description

Computer art and animation skills are in high demand in our media rich society. With the explosive growth of the Internet, mobile devices, high definition television and interactive media have created ongoing demand for computing specialists with art and animation skills. The associate degree of Computer Animation prepares students foundationally for careers that involve interactive media, Web design, digital imaging, 3D modeling and animation, and motion graphics. The program will provide students with the practical skills and portfolio of computer graphics and animation work.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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