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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Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

6 - 12 months

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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

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  • 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

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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 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022) December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022) February 8, 2022

Fall 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 19, 2022) September 6, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: October 311, 2022) October 17, 2022

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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