Digital Media Design - Computer Animation Option
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Digital Media Design - Computer Animation Option

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 61 credit hours
Digital Media Design: Computer Animation Option

As a computer animator, you can create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials. Think Pixar! And more!
Today, there’s a need for computer animators in the film and video industry but also in advertising, public relations, broadcast media and software publishing. It’s an exciting, lucrative career field to enter. And we’ve got the tools you need to succeed.
This degree program will allow you to take on an entry-level position in this career field upon graduation.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE 1 Life Skills  
    ENGL 1113 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3 Gen Ed  
    DMD 1013 CREATIVITY AND DESIGN 3 Major  C
    DMD 1033 PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION 3 Major  C
    DMD 1053 ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING: INDESIGN I 3 Major  C
    DMD 2773 IMAGE EDITING: PHOTOSHOP I 3 Major  C
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    ENGL 1213 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3 Gen Ed  
    DMD 1183 COMPUTER DRAWING: ILLUSTRATOR 3 Major
    DMD 1233 2D COMPUTER ANIMATION 3 Major
    DMD 2533 3D RENDERING AND DESIGN VISUALIZATION 3 Major
    DMD 2783 IMAGE EDITING: PHOTOSHOP II 3 Major
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    HIST 1483   OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR 3 Gen Ed  
    DMD 2733 3D CHARACTER DESIGN AND ANIMATION 3 Major  C
    APPM 1223 MATHEMATICS FOR TECHNICAL CAREERS I  OR Support  
    BUS 1323 MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS CAREERS  OR Support  
    MATH ANY 1000 LEVEL MATH COURSE Support  
    GEN ED GEN ED ELECTIVE Gen Ed  
    SUPP GUIDED SUPPORT ELECTIVE 3 Support  
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    POLSC 1113 AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3 Gen Ed  
    DMD 2143 DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING 3 Major  C
    DMD 2633 3D ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS 3 Major  C
    DMD 2803 PORTFOLIO PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION 3 Major B
    HUM HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Gen Ed  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (36 Credit Hours) DMD 1013; DMD 1033; DMD 1053; DMD 1183; DMD 1233; DMD 2143; DMD 2533; DMD 2633; DMD 2733; DMD 2773; DMD 2783; DMD 2803

    General Education Courses: (18 Credit Hours) English: ENGL 1113: ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; Political Science: POLSC 1113; Humanities: Any humanities course (3 credit hours); Elective: General Education elective (3 credit hours)

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (6 Credit Hours) APPM 1223, BUS 1323, or any 1000 level Math course; A 3 credit Approved Support Elective selected from any course with a prefix with ART, DMD, JB, FVP, or MU.

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

  • Course Descriptions

    Applied Mathematics

    APPM 1223 - MATHEMATICS FOR TECHNICAL CAREERS I
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score; Co-requisite: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will apply principles of basic algebra, equations, functions and graphs, factoring, and fractions in the solutions of technical problems.

    Business

    BUS 1323 - MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS CAREERS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate the ability to use basic mathematical processes, and use mathematical concepts in solving everyday business problems in operations, trade, taxation, accounting and finance.

    Digital Media Design

    DMD 1013 - CREATIVITY AND DESIGN
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course combines theory and problem-solving assignments to introduce students to the main concepts of creativity and design. Throughout this course students will exam the principles of design and critical thinking skills that lead to creative solutions. Within this collaborative learning environment students will complete hands on activities that stimulate innovation and promote life long learning.

    DMD 1033 - PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course provides a historical and critical approach to animation from early black-and-white cartoons to modern 2D and 3D productions. Students will critically analyze processes and techniques involved in the construction of traditional and computer based animation sequences.

    DMD 1053 - ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING: INDESIGN I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate proficiency in using the Macintosh computer in the production of various types of printed material. In addition, they will demonstrate skills in specifying typography, importing photos and artwork into documents, the application of design principles, and preparing documents for the commercial printing process.

    DMD 1183 - COMPUTER DRAWING: ILLUSTRATOR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of vector illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator software. Students will also create and edit graphic objects and type, select various menu commands, and use keyboard shortcuts.

    DMD 1233 - 2D COMPUTER ANIMATION
    Prerequisites: DMD 1033
    3 CREDITS

    In this class students will apply basic animation principles to produce an animated sequence using industry standard 2D animation computer software. Emphasis will be placed on timing, performance and creativity of the animated sequence.

    DMD 2143 - DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course will focus on projects in video editing and motion graphics. Students will develop both technical and creative skills in non-linear editing, compositing, special effects, camera movements and cinematic points of view, and titling and motion graphics.

    DMD 2533 - 3D RENDERING AND DESIGN VISUALIZATION
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student aspiring to become an artist, designer or other professional using 3D computer graphics will be able to create, generate or integrate 3D computer graphics. The student will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of how the computer can be used to create 3D computer renderings. These renderings could be related to either technical design, fine art or applied art. Emphasis will be on using application software (primarily 3D modeling and rendering programs) in the development of modeling logos, 3D scenes, textures, lighting, atmosphere effects, and basic animation.

    DMD 2633 - 3D ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
    Prerequisites: DMD 2533
    3 CREDITS

    The student will use professional techniques to create photo-realistic renderings, advanced physical-based and character animations, interactive media and Web development, 3D gaming and 3D virtual environments. This course will enhance the abilities of artists, designers and other professionals using 3D computer-created, generated, or integrated graphics. Emphasis will be on the development of professional techniques in the area of 3D computer graphics.

    DMD 2733 - 3D CHARACTER DESIGN AND ANIMATION
    Prerequisites: DMD 2533
    3 CREDITS

    This is a support-oriented course in which the student will learn and use skills specific to creating 3D character models and character animation in the fields of television, movies, advertising, multimedia, and gaming. Emphasis of the course will be on advanced modeling techniques in the creation of a seamless 3D character design of head, body, clothing, animation concepts in facial expression, internal skeleton control, morphing, dialogue and lip sync, character posing, and locomotion. Discussion topics will include traditional animation techniques, body language, vocabulary, and character physics. This course will enhance the abilities of artists, designers, and other professionals using 3D computer created, generated, or integrated graphics.

    DMD 2773 - IMAGE EDITING: PHOTOSHOP I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of the tools and functions of Photoshop software program. The student will complete projects which indicate an understanding of image retouching and manipulation, color correction, image sharpening, RGB color, CYMK color, separations, channels, paths, and filters.

    DMD 2783 - IMAGE EDITING: PHOTOSHOP II
    Prerequisites: DMD 2773
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of more advanced functions of the Photoshop software program. Student proficiency will be demonstrated by successfully completing projects which require skills in advanced techniques in selection, layering, color correction, and image manipulation.

    DMD 2803 - PORTFOLIO PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION
    Prerequisites: DMD 1013; DMD 1053; DMD 1183; AND DMD 2783
    3 CREDITS

    The student will prepare a professional portfolio for presentation and evaluation. The portfolio will include a resume, matted projects and other pieces that demonstrate the student's ability to apply skills and techniques acquired in the program.

    Electives

    GEN ED - GEN ED ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    General Education elective

    HUM - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    MATH - ANY 1000 LEVEL MATH COURSE
    Prerequisites: With appropriate prerequisite.
    3 CREDITS

    Any 1000 level Mathematics course

    SUPP - GUIDED SUPPORT ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Guided Support elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3 CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1493 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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