Animation Certificate

The Animation Certificate is a specialization in the Digital Media AAS degree, preparing you for entry-level 2D animation, and entry-level 3D modeling.

The best opportunities will be available to students who transfer into a four-year degree. Two-year degree and certificate students will likely find work creating animations and graphics for Internet applications.

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Contact (815) 455-8732 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,725

Credit Hours to Complete: 24

Weeks to Complete: 32

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What you need to know about getting your Animation Certificate (CIP 10.0304)

Total Animation Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,796 $8,009.52 $11,494.56 $11,494.56
Additional Costs $1,929 $1,929 $1,929 $1,929
Program Total $4,725 $9,938.52 $13,423.56 $13,423.56

How will MCC's Animation Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

Ask about internship opportunities.

What have graduates gone on to do?

Many students go on to receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Media or AAS in Graphic Arts then transfer to a four-year school. Many of our students are transferring to DePaul, Columbia, The Art Institute in Schaumburg, as well as others. After that, some have found employment in the video game industry. Others have gone directly to work in companies working with multi-media.

Outside of the Classroom

  • Mission

    The mission of McHenry County College’s Animation Program is to develop students who are skilled in planning and implementing 2D and 3D animations. MCC students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency. Students will use current and contemporary practices to demonstrate mastery in the Program Learning Outcomes.

  • Program Learning Objectives
    1. Plan animation projects using storyboards or other planning tools.
    2. Select technologies appropriate to implement for project needs.
    3. Implement current project management approaches to ensure timelines, communication, and budget goals are met.
    4. Apply licensing and fair use requirements for inclusion of digital assets.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.