About this Major

In animation, imagination and creativity are the most important qualities. This major will help you develop a strong foundation in animation skills by teaching you how to combine drawing, storytelling, technical mastery, and serious software skills to make your creation come to life. Student will choose to focus their portfolio on either 2D animation or on concept art and illustration. High school students can choose to submit their portfolio for the AP 2D Art and Design Portfolio Exam for the potential to earn college credit.

In this field, tools change at an incredible pace. Both a commitment to lifelong learning and the ability to adapt and work in different styles are important for success. Animators and illustrators must be able to develop work according to design specifications and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines. Analytical and problem-solving skills, self-motivation, a strong sense of ownership, attention to detail and a disciplined approach to quality are all essential. In addition, because animators and illustrators often work as a part of a team, strong communication skills are important.


  • Toon Boom Harmony Premium Associate Certification

Adobe Certified Professional:

  • Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop
  • Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator

*One certification paid for by Francis Tuttle.  Additional, optional certifications are available at student expense.

At A Glance

Open To

High school juniors and seniors, adult students


Reno, Rockwell

Total Hours Required



  • Full-time: 10 months of instruction
  • Part-time: 20 months of instruction
  • Program length may vary based on progress rate and/or summer school attendance


Daytime classes, two sessions: Monday — Friday

  • 7:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • High school students and part-time adults enroll in either the AM or PM session. Full-time adult students enroll in both sessions.


*Indicates an elective course. Students select one elective.

  • Creative Design and Concept Development 120 hours
  • 2D Animation Fundamentals 120 hours
  • Motion Design Fundamentals 120 hours
  • Concept Artist Capstone 120 hours
  • Design and Illustration Fundamentals 120 hours
  • *3D Animation Fundamentals 120 hours
  • *Storyboarding Fundamentals 120 hours
  • Advanced Digital Art and Design 120 hours
  • Concept Art and Illustration 120 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Adobe Certified Professional: Visual Design using Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Professional: Graphic Design & Illustration using Illustrator
  • Toon Boom Harmony Premium Associate Certification

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • One certification paid by Francis Tuttle
  • Additional, optional certifications are available at student expense

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

No cost

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$10 - $20

per hour

Pass Rate

New Major

Pass Rate

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Film and/or television production companies, video game production, curriculum design, organizations with in-house support for graphic design, animation and character illustration, marketing firms, advertising departments, and internet-based businesses

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