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Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation — Boston

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.

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Enrollment

Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

6 - 12 months

Overview

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

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language

International Requirements

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Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Digital Media & Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Harvard
    • MIT
    • ViralGains
    • Google
    • Cognizant
  • What They Do

    • Art and Design
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Media and Communication
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Social Media
    • CSS
    • Digital Media
    • Marketing

 

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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).

Stackable Certificate:

This certificate can stack into the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media. 

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By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

Did You Know?

Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase (Washington Post, 2012).