Dec 09, 2023  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Visual Art & Design - Animation: AS

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Associate of Science | 64 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
South City Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-3361
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SCC, 1.061.ME, 801-957-3114
Academic Advisor SCC, 1.061.MD, 801-957-3125

Program Faculty
See program website

Visual Art & Design Department Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s)
RICHARDSON, Trudy - Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Instructor, BFA Drawing & Painting

Program Description
Students with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and/or computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field. The Visual Art & Design Department allows students to specialize in the following areas: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Communications Technologies.

Students who elect to pursue an AS Degree in Animation will prepare themselves to successfully transfer to an institution offering a four year Animation Degree. Students will work to develop foundation drawing and design skills, apply animation principles in time based visualizations, and illustrate a working knowledge of quality visual storytelling.

Career Opportunities
Animation artists find varied careers in the creation of digital 2D and 3D art and animation in the video game, film, broadcast, visual effects, mobile, and internet industries.

Transfer/Articulation Information
This Associate of Science (AS) degree meets the requirements to satisfy the lower division general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at all Utah public institutions of higher education. Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Approximately $500 depending on chosen electives. Fees are used for maintenance and upgrade of:

  • Computers, software and supplies
  • Servers, hosting, and storage space
  • Traditional Animation lab
  • Model fees and supplies

In addition to tuition and fees, and depending on chosen electives, animation students may expect to pay an estimated $1000 for books and supplies needed for class projects and portfolio development in this two-year program.

Estimated Time to Completion
Assuming a fall start, if students follow Recommended Sequence, completion time is four semesters. If students choose to add two additional summer semesters devoted to general education classes it can lighten the Fall and Spring semester loads and still be completed in two years.

Program Entry Requirements

Required: High School Diploma or equivalent.
Recommended: Artistic and technical aptitude, familiarity with traditional drawing, computers, and Photoshop.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
8 - Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness
1. Demonstrate a competent application of foundation drawing and design skills. 1, 2, 4, 7
2. Demonstrate a competent application of animation principles in a time based visualization. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
3. Illustrate a working knowledge of quality visual storytelling. 1, 2, 4
4. Engage in collaborative production development practices and interdisciplinary experiences. 1,  2,  4, 6, 7


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

The following are RECOMMENDED distribution courses for Animation students.

Graduation Map

Advising Notes

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. The Visual Art & Design Department is committed to general and pre-professional programs and major credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis. Students should work with a faculty advisor and advisors or faculty at the intended receiving institution to choose electives and projects carefully to develop a schedule and a body of work that will increase chances of a successful transfer.

Some courses may require prerequisites not required for completion of the program and not listed in the Recommended Sequence or degree requirements. Students wishing to take those courses should plan on extra time to complete the prerequisites. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better grade in order to continue in the program. A student may be dropped from a class if the prerequisite has not been completed. If progress is not deemed satisfactory, students will be counseled and/or given probationary status.

Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at for availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment. Required departmental classes are not offered every semester. To graduate in two years, students are encouraged to follow the Recommended Sequence.

Additional Program Notes

Not all Visual Art and Design (ART) classes may be audited. This is especially true for any Visual Art and Design class that has a prerequisite (see course catalog for list of prerequisite classes). Auditing a prerequisite course does not guarantee that the student has mastered the required skills needed for the next level class. Some Visual Art and Design classes that have a prerequisite may be audited if the student can demonstrate an appropriate skill level to the instructor before registering for the class. Students wishing to audit any Visual Art and Design (ART) class without officially completing a prerequisite class (with a ‘C’ grade or better) must obtain signed permission from the instructor or email authorization before registering for the class. Visual Art and Design (ART) classes that do not have a prerequisite may be audited as per the Auditing Classes guidelines listed in the SLCC catalog.

Students or professionals wishing to register for a class in which a prerequisite class is required but has not been taken, should contact the instructor about acquiring possible approval to register for the class.

All students enrolled in the Visual Art & Design program automatically become members of SkillsUSA, sponsor of the Professional Development Program (PDP). This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, problem solving and skills necessary for employment. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions in their area of specialization.

For information on clubs or organizations within the Visual Art & Design Department, contact the advisor or instructors in the individual areas of specialization.

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