Planning Your Animation Studies 


It can be confusing to figure out what classes to take, and when to take them. Here are some helpful tips, including our degree courses listed by quarter and a sample education plan. 

Important

  • Register early! Some classes fill quickly and others are cancelled 2 weeks before the quarter starts if they are under-enrolled.
  • Take foundation animation and drawing classes your first year. This gives you work for your portfolio, which you'll need in your applications for schools and jobs.

Planning For Transfer

  • Talk with a transfer counselor if you intend to transfer to another school. Show them the "Degree Courses Listed by Quarter" and "Sample Two-Year Plan" below. This will help them assist you.
  • If you're planning to transfer into the Animation/Illustration program at San José State, you'll need to maintain a high GPA during your time at De Anza. The San José State program has a non-negotiable GPA requirement of 3.9 for admission. Take your time and don't overload yourself each quarter, so you can do well in each class.

Planning For a Certificate or Degree

If you are aiming for a certificate or an associate degree, be sure to create an Education Plan that includes the classes you need to take and when you plan to take them. You can get help with this!  Schedule a meeting with a counselor

Degree Courses, Listed by Quarter

Remember that some courses aren't offered every quarter. Course offerings depend upon enrollment and instructor availability.

  • Foundation Courses

    FALL WINTER SPRING
    • F/TV 6A: Screenwriting Fundamentals
    • F/TV 20: Video Production
    • F/TV 66A: Techniques: Stop-Motion
    • F/TV 67A: Principles: 2D Animation
    • F/TV 75G: History of Animation
    • ARTS 4A: Beginning Drawing
    • ARTS 54: Visual Technology II
    • F/TV 6A: Screenwriting Fundamentals
    • F/TV 20: Video Production
    • F/TV 75K: Japanese Animation
    • ARTS 4A: Beginning Drawing
    • PHTG 58A: Photographic Photoshop I
    • F/TV 6A: Screenwriting Fundamentals
    • F/TV 20: Video Production
    • F/TV 67A: Principles: 2D Animation
    • F/TV 75G: History of Animation
    • ARTS 4A: Beginning Drawing
    • ARTS 54: Visual Technology II
  • Advanced Courses

    FALL WINTER SPRING
    • F/TV 71G: 3D Modeling
    • F/TV 71H: 3D Character Motion
    • F/TV 72GHJ: Animation Workshop
    • ARTS 4C: Life Drawing
    • F/TV 68A: Sound for Animation
    • F/TV 70A: Storyboard & Visual Development
    • F/TV 71G: 3D Modeling
    • F/TV 71H: 3D Character Motion
    • F/TV 72GHJ: Animation Workshop
    • F/TV 71G: 3D Modeling
    • F/TV 71H: 3D Character Motion
    • F/TV 72GHJ: Animation Workshop
    • ARTS 4C: Life Drawing

Sample Two-Year Plan

The animation production courses in bold should be taken in numerical order, because they build on each other. Please note that this is just an example plan. Your Ed Plan may be different.

  • First Year

    FALL WINTER SPRING
    • F/TV 20
    • F/TV 66A
    • F/TV 67A
    • ARTS 4A
    • F/TV 68A
    • F/TV 70A
    • PHTG 58A (if not taking ARTS 54)
    • F/TV 71G
    • F/TV 75G
    • ARTS 4C
  • Second Year

    FALL WINTER SPRING
    • F/TV 71H
    • F/TV 72G  or F/TV 6A
    • ARTS 54 (if not taking PHTG 58A)
    • F/TV 72H
    • Electives and GE classes
    • F/TV 72J
    • Electives and GE classes

Remember to Manage Your Workload!

  • Take only 2 production classes per quarter, if possible, to keep your workload manageable.
  • Consider taking GE and common required classes (like F/TV 20, ARTS 4A, and ARTS 4C) over the summer. Some of these classes can be taken at Foothill College if they aren't offered at De Anza.
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