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The LSC Visual Communication program offers a 3D Animation Certificate that can be easily transformed into a 3D Animation AAS Degree. Students in this track learn to create 3D objects, characters, environments, and animations for gaming, medical, product and architectural visualization, interactive multimedia presentations, TV broadcast and theatrical special effects.

The curriculum of the 3D Animation track contains a solid foundation in fine art including fundamental aspects such as line, form, composition and color, drawing and painting skills, lighting and photographic principles, and proficiency in industry standard 3D software. Students learn to work in a team environment as well as individually, and all under reasonable deadlines. Companies that hire 3D animators include motion picture studios, video game production studios, corporate training and marketing departments, advertising firms, video production companies, architectural firms, medical agencies and self-employment.

The LSC Visual Communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. The goal of the program is to create a stimulating learning environment where students can pursue their specific interests within six areas of professional study: graphic design, multimedia, web design, video and post production, motion graphics 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.

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Please contact Lisa Hall at Lisa.M.Hall@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1773 for more information.

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Please contact Marc Gordon at Marc.J.Gordon@LoneStar.edu or call 281.618.5733 for more information.

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 12 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
Third Semester Courses 9 Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
Elective Math (1314 or Higher; MATH 1332 Suggested)1 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ARTV 2351 3-D Animation II 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
FLMC 1331 Video Graphics & Visual Effects I 3
ARTS 1317 Drawing II 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design & Development 3
IMED 2311-or-IMED 2380 Portfolio Development2-or-Cooperative Education - Interactive Media2 3
Elective Creative Arts / Language, Philosophy & Culture1 3
Elective General Education Elective1 3
Visual Communication AAS (3D Animation Track) Program Total 60 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: $52,1541

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.