Full Sail University

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Associate of Applied Science

Computer Animation

About This Program

From creating eye-catching characters in film and television to developing engaging educational training courses in the corporate world, computer animation is found in a wide range of industries.

The Computer Animation Associate of Applied Science program focuses on real-world production processes. You’ll be guided through the entire production pipeline using the same hardware and software found in professional animation studios.

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Program at a Glance


Campus + Online


Associate of Applied Science


This program is designed to be paired with the Visual Arts Bachelor of Science Completion Program with a Concentration in Computer Animation.


Applicants to this program must submit two art samples that demonstrate artistic skill in observational art. For more information and how to prepare, please visit our FAQs.

  • When I see an outrageous shot in a movie, I look up how they pulled it off.
  • I love to draw and sketch.
  • I live for collaboration and feedback.
  • I don't just appreciate good effects – I dissect them.

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Model Creation - Students are introduced to a variety of modeling tools, the capabilities of each tool, and the results of interactions between tools. Students will develop techniques and strategies for efficiently creating virtual models for animation, film, and games.

Shading & Lighting - Students will develop an eye for texturing and lighting modeled objects and scenes that parallel the real world. This course builds on the concepts established in previous courses, including surface lighting and shadow observations and techniques.

Compositing & Scene Finishing - Students will be introduced to node-based compositing systems, 3-D camera tracking tools, and common rendering methods used in current postproduction pipelines.

Full Sail's Project LaunchBox™

Project LaunchBox™ is a Full Sail program that provides students with powerful technology to help create projects. All of your files, multimedia creations, and coursework are at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Request more information about this program.

Package specifications are subject to change. Some Project LaunchBox™ components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox™ components are downloadable items.

Project Launchbox

Package specifications are subject to change. Some Project LaunchBox™ components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox™ components are downloadable items.

Included Components
  • MSI GE Raider Laptop
  • MSI 3-yr Warranty
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Download)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Xencelabs Medium Pen Tablet
Other Software Taught in this Program
  • The Foundry Nuke (Download) 30-mo License
  • Maxon One (Download)

Admissions & Financial Aid

A Different Admissions Process

No traditional application deadlines — Classes begin monthly for most programs, so you can apply anytime and start on the date that works best for you.

Program design and course order — You do not need to sign up for specific classes every semester – all of our programs have a predetermined program design and course order.

Accelerated Pace — Full Sail's programs are taken on an accelerated schedule, allowing you to graduate sooner.

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Funding Your Education

Tuition — Our tuition includes all costs for the full degree program, as well as all associated expenses, including textbooks, manuals, media, production materials, lab and technology fees, and Project LaunchBox™ - a personal technology package featuring hardware and software customized to each degree program.

Scholarships — We know that funding your education is a substantial investment. That's why Full Sail University offers a variety of scholarships for qualified students.

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