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3D Animation and Visual Effects

Star Trek or any Pixar film couldn't have been made without the skills learned in this program. Reach epIK Dimensions as you experience our state-of-the art training studio incorporating motion capture and 3D printing. Learn to combine your academic abilities with creativity and innovation in an environment that encourages teamwork, problem solving, and the ability to meet deadlines. This program will prepare you to pursue additional training related to digital marketing, 3D design and animation, special effects, advanced techniques for motion graphics, and engineering for sustainability. You'll also gain valuable experience that will help you stand out from the competition.
The primary application you will learn is Maya, Autodesks' Oscar-winning software with many practical applications. It supports many industries including web animation, entertainment, training and education, engineering, communications and digital marketing, government and healthcare professions (ie. animated simulations), advertising, and the corporate world, where digital media is increasingly used as a visual marketing tool. You may use a variety of additional CGI tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, Toon Boom, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, ZBrush, MotionBuilder, and compositing applications.
If you are interested in 3D Modeling, Animation, or Visual Effects, the Special Effects Technician major lets you experience the different aspects of these areas and enter college with clearly defined goals for your future. You'll acquire unique skills, gain confidence, and develop a portfolio that can help you compete for scholarships.
Who Can Attend
High school juniors, High school seniors, Adults
Employment Opportunities
Film and Television; Video Games; Internet Based Businesses; Training Simulations for Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Military, Police, Online Learning, or Medical Personnel; Entrepreneur; Entertainment Industry; Marketing Firms or Advertising Departments; and any organization with in-house support for the following: 3D Modeling, Special Effects, Animation, or Motion Graphics
Occupational Characteristics
In general, the field of 3D Animation and Visual Effects requires creativity, innovation, and high interest in and/or aptitude for math and science.
3D Modelers need studio art and/or the ability to draw, an understanding of stage lighting, and a high interest/aptitude for geometry as well as anatomy and/or life science.
3D Animators need a high interest/aptitude for math (including trigonometry) and science (including physics).
Motion Graphics Artists/VFX Artists/Compositors should have a high interest/aptitude for both math (including trigonometry) and science (including physics).
For Success in this Career You Should Have
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Analytical thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Flexibility, imagination, creativity, and an artistic
- Ability to adapt quickly to change (tools used change
at an incredible pace)
- Commitment to lifelong learning
- Ability to manage projects and tasks and meet
- Strong sense of ownership
- Problem-solving skills
- Ability to adapt and work in different styles
- A disciplined approach to quality
- The ability to develop work according to design
- Attention to detail
Location(s) and Times
Rockwell Campus, Information Technology Building
Daytime classes:
2 sessions:
8:00 am - 10:55 am and 12:30 pm - 3:25 pm
High school students and part-time adult students enroll in either the AM or PM session. Full-time adult students enroll in both sessions.

Contact Info

Main Number
7:30am - 8:30pm


Attendance Numbers
Portland - 405.717.4304
Reno - 405.717.4646
Rockwell - 405.717.4206

Maps and Directions

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12777 N. Rockwell Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73142 • Phone 405.717.7799