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Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Visual Effects (AAS-CAP)

Program Location: Fairhope Campus

Applied Technology Division

Length: Four Semesters

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. The program enables the discovery, stimulation, development and demonstration of students’ true creative potential within the context of a real 3D production situation. Students will also experience stimulating creation and production situations similar to those found in the industry. At the end of the program, students will have created a professional portfolio of their work in digital creation, according to industry standards and using the full potential of the latest technologies.


Prospective students must possess appropriate and relevant experience as determined by the Animation and Visual Effects advisor and complete the Coastal Alabama Application process.

This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

Semester One

Item # Title Credits
ART 175 Digital Photography 3
CAP 101 CGI Software Basics 3
CAP 102 Compositing Basics 3
CAP 103 Computer Graphics History 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Sub-total Credits 15

Semester Two

Item # Title Credits
CAP 121 CGI Animation 3
CAP 122 Storytelling & Previsualization Process/Project 5
CAP 123 CGI Shading, Lighting and Rendering 3
ART, CAP, CIS or GRD Elective + 3
MTH 116 or MTH 100 + 3
Sub-total Credits 17

Semester Three

Item # Title Credits
CAP 201 Simulation and Particles Effects 3
CAP 202 Live Action and Integration Project 5
CAP 203 or CAP 204 + 2
History, Social Science, or Behavioral Science Elective + 3
Math, Science, or Computer Science Elective + 3
Sub-total Credits 16

Complete Graduation Application

Semester Four

Item # Title Credits
ART 121 Two-Dimensional Composition I 3
CAP 221 Final Project 6
CAP 223 VIsual Effects Process 3
CAP 224 Digital Environment 3
Sub-total Credits 15


*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.





Financial Aid is Available


Fairhope Campus

440 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532