CURRICULAR GUIDE

Computer Graphics Animation
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0284  (Effective Fall 1999 - Summer 2004)

A computer animator is an artist who designs for video and film and uses a
computer as a primary tool.  Animators must have creative abilities and
design, drawing, problem-solving, production, communication, and presentation
skills.  Computer animators are employed in advertising, video production, the
motion picture industry (special effects to full cartoon features), and in the
growing multimedia industry, creating games, training materials, and
presentations.  Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. 
Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor
before enrolling in any course.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific coursework in mathematics. 
For information on how to fulfill all general education requirements, see page

Contact the Art, Design and Multimedia Program, Academic and Office Facility,
Room 314, telephone number (517) 483-1476.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 60 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
ARTS 102    2-Dimensional Design                                             3
ARTS 131    Drawing I                                                        3
ARTS 132    Life Drawing                                                     3
ARTS 137    Perspective Drawing                                              2
ARTS 151    Computer Graphics/Illustration                                   3
ARTS 162    Typography                                                       3
ARTS 171    Computer Graphics/Photography                                    3
ARTS 175    Electronic Design                                                3
ARTS 195    Employ/Busn Issues for Artists                                   2
ARTS 216    Humorous Illustration I                                          3
ARTS 228    Advanced Digital Imaging                                         3
ARTS 231    Comp Graphics/Advanced Illustr                                   3
ARTS 232    Comp Graphics/2-D Animation                                      4
ARTS 233    Comp Graphics/2-D Interactive                                    4
ARTS 234    Comp Graphics/3-D Animation I                                    4
ARTS 235    Comp Graphics/3-D Animation II                                   3
ARTS 236    Computer Graphics/Production                                     3
ARTS 269    The Portfolio (See Note 1)                                       1
ARTS 281    Art Internship                                                   3
IMAG 118    Film Production I                                                4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                  TOTAL: 12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                            12 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 22 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement)
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   72

1.    The Portfolio is considered to be the final course in this curriculum. 
      All other courses must already be completed or be taken concurrently
      with ARTS 269.
2.    It is recommended that all students entering this curriculum have
      computer experience in both Windows NT and Macintosh Operating Systems. 
      This experience may come from life or work experience, or other studies,
      as well as CABS 100 Seminars - Introduction to Windows NT and
      Introduction to the Macintosh.  Students should consult with an advisor
      in the Art, Design and Multimedia Program if they are not sure about
      their computer skill level.
3.    For graduation, a student must have earned a minimum grade point of 2.0
      in all courses with an ARTS and IMAG prefix.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.
I                 II                III               IV
ARTS 102          ARTS 132          ARTS 175          ARTS 195
ARTS 131          ARTS 137          ARTS 216          ARTS 228
IMAG 118          ARTS 151          ARTS 231          ARTS 232
Lim.Ch.           ARTS 162          ARTS 234          ARTS 235
Lim Ch.           ARTS 171          Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.

ARTS 233
ARTS 236
ARTS 269
ARTS 281