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Animation Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Bring your ideas to life.

Animation is one of the most powerful and expressive ways to tell your story and communicate ideas and information to your audience. Learn how to come up with ideas, design, experiment and bring your ideas to life through animation. Students in this program will work with a wide variety of media and tools and apply the foundations of animated filmmaking through project-based learning to a variety of applications and expressive uses. The certificate in animation is a stand-alone program and may be taken by any student regardless of major (and may be selected by Studio Art majors as part of their degree). This certificate prepares you for entry-level career opportunities working independently or for design and advertising agencies, television media outlets, online companies and a variety of in-house positions with small and large businesses.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Love movies, art and design.
  • You are imaginative and creative.
  • Love telling stories and communicating through a variety of ways.
  • You are open to using a variety of tools and technology.
  • Enjoy solving complex problems.

Career Opportunities

  • Animator
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Concept artist
  • Game art designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Illustrator

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.