• Animation

    Acquire skills in basic figure drawing, cell animation, and 2D and 3D computer animation. Develop an understanding of scriptwriting, storyboarding, and sound design. The animation industry has been growing in Silicon Valley for the past several years. There is a need for animators to work on films, video games, web designs, and various advertising campaigns. The best candidates for these job positions are the ones with both technical computer skills as well as fine art skills. It is a competitive industry with salaries ranging from $60,000 to $150,000.

    The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

    • Drawing for animation
    • Traditional animation
    • Concept development
    • Storyboarding
    • Scriptwriting
    • 2D computer animation
    • 3D modeling
    • Flash game design
    • Web design
    • Sound design
    • Production management
    • Portfolio development

    Class Benefits

    • 30 high school credits earned per year
    • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job
    • UC “f” approved course

    Certifications Earned Within the Class

    • Class completion certificate
    • Digital Portfolio of completed assignments

    Job Opportunities Upon Completion

    • Animator
    • Motion Graphics
    • Web Developer
    • Character Designer
    • Video Game Designer
    • Banner Ad Designer
    • Background Artist/Storyboard Artist
    • Director/Producer/Writer
    • Storyboard Artist

    About the Instructor

    Eric Whitman has been a professional Designer/Director/Animator for almost 20 years.  He began his career at Sony Animation, working on the Men in Black animated series. He then became an Animation Director at Flip Your Lid Studios, working on projects for Universal Studios, Urban Entertainment, and other clients. Soon thereafter, he launched his own company called Animation Solution and has produced numerous animations for both TV and the Internet. Clients have included Coca-ColaThe SimpsonsFuturamaSesame StreetBob the BuilderThe WigglesTime-Warp Trio, NissanJeep, and others. He was recognized for his work in education in 2009 by Adobe Inc. and his students have won multiple awards at the Disney Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI).

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