Digital Animation

The Digital Animation certificate is under review and is not admitting new students at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

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Animation student in a computer lab at SF State Downtown Campus


The Digital Animation Certificate will prepare you for a career in today's leading animation studios by providing you with a targeted and innovative curriculum.

The curriculum combines the latest computer technology with a strong foundation in the principles of animation, as it was developed in consultation with animation industry experts from Pixar, PDI/DreamWorks and ILM. All of our instructors are top industry talent, too.

Combining classic animation principles with the latest technology, you will be working on animation projects from the very beginning. Through a variety of assignments you will produce multiple pieces for your demo reel, giving you a jump-start into the digital animation field.

Computer animation is a highly collaborative field, and animators should be able to interact with all co-workers in a constructive way. It is also crucial to have an understanding of both the artistic and technical aspects of 3D computer animation, to develop a spirit of inquiry, as well as good work ethics and communication skills.