• learn and practice the fundamentals of art, animation design, and visual effects (vfx)

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animation & visual effects bachelor of Applied Science


program overview

The animation & visual effects bachelor's Degree program focuses on the foundations of visual effects, designed to get the student into the field in as few as 32 months.

 degree progression

while working towards your bachelor's degree in animation, each academic year you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements. this leaves you with a well-rounded education while attending an animation college.

Freshman Year: Mathematical Concepts, Drawing Bootcamp, Design Basics, Media Sound & Visual 1

Sophomore Year: Concept & Imaging, compositing 1, 3D Modeling 1, concept art, Introduction to animation

junior year: current industry techniques, dynamic effects, motion studies, character rigging, creative pre-production

Senior Year: Animation Body Mechanics, Facial animation & Lip Sync, Live Action compositing, Reel Production, Popular Culture

bachelor's of Applied Science students will be required to complete 36 credits of General Education classes including: Communications & Critical Thinking, Mathematical Concepts, american History, Creative Writing, and more.


bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in animation & visual effects

  • emeryville, ca


technical and professional skills

while attending our animation school, you will have the opportunity to learn the following technical and professional skills through your courses:

  • motion capture
  • texture and lighting
  • storyboarding
  • 2d animation
  • video editing
  • compositing
  • live action film
  • visual effects
  • commercials/advertising
  • architectural/interior visualization
  • previsualization
  • science and medical simulation
  • virtual reality
  • forensic visualization
  • concept art
  • professional life skills

your learning experience

not only will you be able to learn the above technical and professional skills, but you will also have a well-rounded learning experience while earning your bachelor's degree in animation. 

  • a common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • work with artists, designers, web, mobile and games developers, film makers, and animators.
  • build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment.
  • be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • practical training in digital video, audio, and design paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.


career options

after receiving your bachelor's degree in animation, you can start a career in any of the following areas:

  • compositor
  • rotoscope artist
  • rotoscope technician
  • matchmove technician
  • lighting artist
  • look development artist
  • effects arts
  • 3d artist
  • 3d modeler
  • concept artist
  • character artist
  • hard surface modeler
  • environment artist
  • render wrangler/manager
  • cg artist
  • character rigger
  • technical director
  • texture artist
  • matte painter
  • shading artist
  • animator
  • motion capture technician
  • level designer
  • quality assurance
  • production assistant

key facts

  • duration(s):

    32 months

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entry requirements

for entry requirements, please see our admissions section.

fees and payments

tuition: $85,000.00
package: $620.00
technology fee: $3,398.00



tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. sae expression college also offers monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. these payments comply with state and federal requirements.

class schedule

class sizes are limited to maximize individual attention. please refer to the campus catalog for specific class times or contact the campus to determine class time availability. not all class times are offered every semester. students also attend practical lab sessions, and these hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation, and the maximum number of students is based on the number of available stations. extra lab time may be reserved without additional charge, subject to availability. students may also be required to attend seminars/workshops for specific courses. please refer to the workshop component section in the course catalog for details.