Nov 22, 2019  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 
  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog

Visual Art & Design - Animation Emphasis: AAS (CTE)


Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
South City Campus
General Information
801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-3361
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
See program website

Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s)
Trudy Richardson - 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 AAS Degree in Animation will prepare themselves for entry level work in an animation 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 time.

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 AAS Degree is currently not transferable to four year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. 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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Books: $100 - $500 depending on electives chosen (most Animation courses utilize OER resources)
Supplies: $100-$300 depending on electives chosen
Course Fees: $300 depending on electives chosen

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is four semesters based on a full-time minimum of 16 credits per semester. Less than 16 credits per semester will increase the time to completion.

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, 7

Illustrate a working knowledge of quality visual storytelling.

1, 2, 4

Engage in collaborative production development practices and interdisciplinary experiences.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Exhibit a working competency of both the arts and technologies involved in at least one specific area of the discipline.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements


Core Skills


Composition (EN) 1 course


Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course


Communication (CM) 1 course


  • Any (CM)  dsignated course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course


Distribution Areas


1 course from the Distribution Areas. Students may wish to consult with a Faculty Advisor for assistance when selecting a Distribution Course.

The following are RECOMMENDED distribution courses for Animation students.

Required Courses (37 credits)


Advising Notes


Each course may only be used once to fulfill elective or general education distribution area requirement.

Students wishing to transfer in program related credit(s) are required to have a portfolio review completed; in addition, to submitting prior transcripts.

Students should work with faculty advisor to choose electives and projects carefully to develop a working competency of both the art and technologies involved in at least one specific area of the discipline they wish to work. 

Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at www.slcc.edu 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.

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 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.

Not all Visual Art & Design (ART) classes may be audited. This is especially true for any Visual Art & 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 & 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 & 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 & Design (ART) classes that do not have a prerequisite may be audited as per the Auditing Classes guidelines listed in the SLCC catalog.

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.