AA0 – Animation and Production

This 90-hour Online Academy teaches the basics of animation using both 2D and 3D software to demonstrate the fundamental principles of animation and animation production and relying on traditional art concepts, such as color theory and perspective, to reinforce storytelling and composition. Students will work through the entire process of creating animations, from pre-production to completed animation. Using industry-standard software, students will produce a high volume of art and animation in preparation for a final animation that will incorporate all they have learned. Topics include basic drawing and compositional skills, the 12 principles of animation, 2D and 3D Animation techniques, and the role of art in storytelling, as well as character design and an introduction to 3D character rigging.

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 that meets the technology requirements listed below.


  • Windows PC or Mac computer
  • Headset with microphone
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Three-button mouse
  • Display with minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
  • Refer to the following pages for a list of recommended graphics cards: Maya Certified Hardware
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of free disk space for install


  • One of the following browsers:
    • Google Chrome™
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
    • Mozilla® Firefox®
    • Apple® Safari®
  • Adobe Reader (latest version)
  • Zoom Launcher Plugin
  • Autodesk Maya (free student version - 2016 is preferred, but 2014 is acceptable for 32bit systems)
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) and Windows® 10 Professional Operating system OR Apple® Mac OS® X 10.10.5, and 10.11.x operating system


Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2017-2018

Fall Session: September 6, 2017 –January 31, 2018
Fall Session Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Live Weekly Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

Spring Session: February 7, 2018 – June 13, 2018
Spring Session Registration Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018
Live Weekly Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

Summer Session: June 26, 2018 – August 23, 2018
Summer Session Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Live Weekly Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. PST


  • Total cost: $595

Tuition includes $100 non-refundable deposit and registration fee.  The remaining $495 must be paid by the registration deadline.

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