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The goal of the Visual Communication program is to create a stimulating learning environment for students where they can pursue their specific interest within five areas of professional study: graphic design, multimedia, web design, video and post production, and 3-D animation. Design services, publishing, advertising, public relations, computer systems design and related services contain areas of employment for the visual communication graduate.

Courses in the 3D Animation Track focus on creating 3D Objects, Characters, Environments and animations for gaming, medical, product and architectural visualization, interactive multimedia presentations, TV broadcast and theatrical special effects. Companies that hire 3D Animators include motion picture studios, video game production companies, corporate training and marketing departments, advertising firms, video production companies, architectural firms, medical agencies and self-employment.

The Visual Communication Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses. A certificate in Visual Communication is structured to be completed in 2-3 semesters and is designed to provide a core understanding of a specific area.

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Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Visual Communication AAS Degree: 3D Animation Track.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTV 1303 Basic Animation 3
ARTV 1345 3-D Modeling & Rendering I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTV 2345 3-D Modeling and Rendering II 3
ARTV 1341 3-D Animation I 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTV 2351 3-D Animation II 3
FLMC 1331 Video Graphics & Visual Effects I 3
ARTS 1317 Drawing II 3
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design & Development 3
IMED 2311-or-IMED 2380 Portfolio Development1-or-Cooperative Education - Interactive Media1 3
3D Animation Certificate Program Total 45 Credits


  1. Choose from the AAS Core. EDUC 1300 can count toward your Elective but must be taken in your first semester.
  2. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: Wages vary by position title and credentials1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • 3D Animator2
  • 3D Designer2
  • Graphic Artist2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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