Santa Rosa Junior College’s Digital Media: 3D Modeling & Animation Program is offered as both a 34 unit Certificate and an AS Major. The program uses industry standard software, including Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and Autodesk Mudbox. Classes are housed in two state-of-the-art computer labs at the Santa Rosa campus.
The program currently offers a four-course core sequence:
• APTECH 43: Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max - 3 units
An introduction to three-dimensional modeling and animation using Autodesk 3ds Max. Students create a variety of 3D scenes, and produce still images and short animations.
• APTECH 63: Modeling and Rigging - 4 units
This course covers the creation of digital characters, props and synthetic environments for film, broadcast and video games. Students design and build increasingly complex 3D sets, props, and characters. They also craft control systems for animating these components.
• APTECH 64: Visual Effects, Character Animation & Compositing - 4 units
This course focuses on animating digital characters in effects-rich environments. Students apply classical mechanics of movement to create expressive performances with 3D characters. Complex visual effects are covered, including CG and live-action camera matching.
• APTECH 65: Advanced Animation Workshop - 4 units
This capstone course focuses on animation and effects production for professional portfolio development. Students work individually and collaboratively to develop demo reels. This course also includes an investigation of career options.
Upon completion of the two-year program, students have a comprehensive understanding of the basic practices of designing, building, and animating 3D environments, characters, and visual effects.
The 3D Modeling & Animation program also has a parallel web presence through the Digital Media programs page.
There is even a 1 minute promo video which you can view here.
The Computer Studies (CS) department also cross-references the 3D certificate and AS program 3D Modeling & Animation.