Mar 28, 2023  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Motion Graphics and Visual Effects: CP (CTE)

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Certificate of Proficiency | 26 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, 1.061ME, 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 Communication Technology.

Students who elect to pursue a Certificate of Proficiency in Motion Graphics & Visual Effects will prepare themselves to for entry level work in a related profession. They develop foundation drawing and design skills, apply animation principles in time based visualizations, and illustrate a working knowledge of quality visual storytelling. Students should choose electives and projects carefully to develop a working competency of both the arts and technologies involved in at least one specific area of the discipline. The Animation Emphasis is very technically rigorous and drawing intensive. It requires careful scheduling of classes to complete the program in the recommended times.

Transfer/Articulation Information
This certificate is currently not transferable to four year institutions; All courses completed in this certificate can be counted toward towards the Visual Art & Design/Animation Associate of Applied Science Degree. The Visual Art & Design department is committed to general and pre-professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis. (See Utah System of Higher Education Institutions.)

Career Opportunities
Motion Graphics & Visual Effects technical 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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Depending on chosen electives, fees are approximately $250. Fees are used for maintenance and upgrade of:

  • Supplies
  • Traditional Animation lab

Note: This Certificate of Proficiency if not eligible for financial aid. However, courses within the certificate may be eligible if taken as part of a financial aid eligible program. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your classes are eligible.

Estimated Time to Completion
Assuming a fall start, if students follow Recommended Sequence, completion time is three semesters.

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
Demonstrate a competent application of foundation drawing and design skills. 1,2,4, 7
Demonstrate a competent application of animation principles in a time based visualization. 1,2,3,4,
Illustrate a working knowledge of quality visual storytelling. 1,2,4,5
Engage in collaborative production development practices and interdisciplinary experiences. 1,2,4,5
Exhibit a working competency of both the arts and technologies involved in at least one specific area of the discipline. 1,2,4

Sample Schedule


Advising Notes

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 three semesters, 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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