What will I learn?

The animation and game design associate in arts degree provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamental aspects of 3D animation and game design. Students will learn the skills to develop 3D animations and game design including techniques such as modeling, animation, texturing, and game engine integration. Courses present material that will take the student through the production process and workflow of 3D animation and game design. Curriculum includes traditional animation techniques, drawing, and the technical fundamentals of 3D animation and game design. The program goal is to provide the skills necessary to enter this growing, professional field. The types of industries that employ individuals with animation and game design skills include animation for film or television, game design, game development for the web, animation for the web, or assets for game production.

Advanced students have the opportunity to create portfolios to prepare for animation and game design careers. To earn an associate in arts degree with a major in animation and game design, students must complete each course used to meet a major requirement with a “C” grade or higher.

Degree requirements can be completed by attending classes in the day, evening, online, or a combination of those. Some courses may satisfy both major and other general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once.

Students completing the program will be able to...

A. develop technical proficiency using computer hardware and software appropriate to the animation, game design, or 3D design industry.

B. visually conceptualizes in a clear and concise way the artistic direction for a 3D, animation, or game design project.

C. creates appropriate typographic solutions for a variety of design situations.

D. articulate, analyze and evaluate the meaning in creative projects, including social contexts and ethical choices.

E. select appropriate tools, materials and processes for a range of media products.

F. work collaboratively within a creative team.

G. develops a professional portfolio of work.

Which department am I in?

Applied and Fine Arts Division

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$7,728.00 per year
Tuition and fees based on 12 units
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus,

321 Golf Club Road,



94523, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student is eligible for admission if he or she has graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or is 18 years of age or older and is no longer in high school, or has passed the State of California Certificate of Proficiency Test (CHSPE) or the General Educational Development Test (GED).

English proficiency

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) - 61
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT)- 500
  • IELTS - Academic test - 5.5
  • ITEP - 3.5
  • IEC (International Education Center) - Completion of Adv. B level certificate
  • ELS Centers - Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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