3-D Animation

  • Certificate
Location: Boston
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Why 3-D Animation?

The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with an emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry.

3-D animation is not only a major component in the film and broadcast industries, it is also a crucial element in online entertainment and a driving force for the gaming industry. Companies use animation in advertisements, web sites, and training programs. The growing use of gaming technologies in education and industry (often referred to as serious games) has given rise to a need for skilled animators who can work closely with business and academic institutions. 

Coursework will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling, and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing. The courses in this program also serve as a concentration in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media.

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Unique Features

  • Practice-oriented approach
  • Graduates are positioned for jobs in diverse fields such as film, online entertainment, business and academic institutions, and the gaming industry
  • Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation General Requirements
DGM 6450 - Animation Basics
DGM 6510 - 3-D Modeling
DGM 6515 - Introduction to After Effects
DGM 6530 - Character Animation
DGM 6540 - Compositing

Complete one from the following:

DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6535 - Rigging Principles and Techniques

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 22 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Average Time to Completion

1-2 Years



Entry Terms


Meets F-1 Visa Requirements


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