Art and Animation Level 1 (Online)

Animators have an important job in any video game or film studio: to create living, breathing characters who express their unique personalities through movement. It is a complex and challenging task, but the results can be nothing short of breathtaking. This Online Workshop introduces you to the art and science of animation through hands-on projects that show firsthand how each step of the production process works. You will learn about the tools and techniques professional animators use while creating their own 2D and 3D animations. Along the way, you will discover how traditional art skills, including drawing and sculpting, are central to the animation process.

You will learn:
  • Basic drawing and fine art skills
  • The art and science of animation
  • 3D computer animation processes, including modeling and texturing
  • Storytelling, dialogue, and creative writing techniques
  • Mathematical concepts like 2D and 3D coordinate systems

Courses in this Series

This course is part of the Art and Animation workshop series.

Level One

Art and Animation
Level 1

(Online or On-Site)
Level Two

Art and Animation
Level 2

Prerequisites and Requirements


This course is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.

Students must also possess the following basic computer skills.

A student must be able to:
  • Zip and unzip files
  • Upload files to class distance learning site
  • Navigate class distance learning site
  • Download software
  • Install software
  • Have administrative access to PC
  • Use Windows operating system running on a PC
  • Read and understand instructions
  • Read a computer screen
  • Have keyboarding skills to type messages in chat
  • Navigate websites
  • Demonstrate interest in subject matter
  • Think logically and sequentially
  • Sit at a computer workstation and use the screen for up to two and a half hours at a time

Technology Requirements

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students must have access to a computer with the following software.

Students must have access to a computer that meets the technology requirements listed below.

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer 
  • Pentium 4 CPU or newer, 1.5 GHz or faster
  • Minimum display resolution 1024×768
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers
  • Broadband Internet connection (512 Kbits or higher)—no dialup
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3 or newer
  • Plugins: Adobe Reader 9, Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Microsoft Word 2003 (or newer) or OpenOffice 3.2.0 (optional)
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule 2017

This course is offered during the following dates and times.


AM sessions run from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

30-hour Online Programs Session 1*
June 26–July 7
Session 2
July 10–21
Session 3
July 24–Aug 4
Session 4
Aug 7–18
Online Art and Animation Level 1     AM AM


The tuition for this 30-hour Online Workshop is $395 per 30-hour session. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration. The remaining $295 must be paid by the registration deadline.

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