CURRICULAR GUIDE

Computer Graphics Animation
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0284  (Effective Fall 2002 - Summer 2007)

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 Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

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 course work in
mathematics.  See the General Education Core Requirements section for
information on how to fulfill these requirements.

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    Figure Drawing (See Note 1)                                      3
ARTS 133    Surface Anatomy for Artists                                      3
ARTS 151    Computer Graphics/Illustration                                   3
ARTS 171    Computer Graphics/Photography                                    3
ARTS 195    Employ/Busn Issues for Artists                                   1
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                                   4
ARTS 236    Computer Graphics/Production                                     3
ARTS 269    The Portfolio (See Note 2)                                       2
ARTS 281    Art Internship                                                   3
FILM 118    Film Production I                                                4
HUMS 212    History of Art II                                                4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 11-12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             9 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 (See Note 3)         0
            Mathematics Competency (See the General Education Core
            Requirement section on how to fulfill this mathematics
            requirement.  Course work may be needed.)

CHOICE 2:   Art Reinforcement                                      2-3 Credits
ARTS 103    3-Dimensional Design                                             3
ARTS 132    Figure Drawing                                                   3
ARTS 136    Figure Sculpture                                                 4
ARTS 213    Illustration Fundamentals                                        3
ARTS 257    Computer Prepress Prod Tech                                      4
ARTS 260    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    2
ARTS 261    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    3

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   71

1.    ARTS 132 must be taken once toward the requirements for this degree and
      may also be taken one more time toward Choice 2 requirements for a total
      of 6 credits.
2.    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.
3.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.
4.    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.

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 133          ARTS 195
ARTS 131          ARTS 151          ARTS 228          ARTS 231
FILM 118          ARTS 171          ARTS 234          ARTS 232
Lim.Ch.           ARTS 216          HUMS 212          ARTS 235
Lim Ch.           Lim.Ch.                             Lim.Ch.

ARTS 233
ARTS 236
ARTS 269
ARTS 281