Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 22
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


3-D animation is not only a major component in the film and broadcast industries, it is also a crucial element in online entertainment and a driving force for the gaming industry. Companies use animation in advertisements, web sites, and training programs. The growing use of gaming technologies in education and industry (often referred to as Serious Games) has given rise to a need for skilled animators who can work closely with business and academic institutions.

The Graduate Certificate in 3-D Animation offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of animation, with a particular emphasis on the special requirements of 3-D modeling and animating for the gaming industry. Coursework will develop students’ powers of visualization as well as provide a conceptual basis for visual narrative. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be skilled in the use of industry-standard animation applications, understand visual principles of lighting, modeling and surfacing, and be conversant with motion and special effects compositing.



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Core Course (4 q.h.)

DGM 6105 Visual Communication Foundation* 4 q.h.

Required Courses (18 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

DGM 6122 Foundations of Digital Storytelling 4 q.h.
DGM 6510 3-D Modeling 4 q.h.
DGM 6530 Character Animation 4 q.h.
DGM 6540 Compositing 4 q.h.
DGM 6882 Animation Reel 2 q.h.

*For students with a portfolio waiver, Animation Basics DGM 6450 (4 q.h.) is the core course. 


Required minimum credit hours: 22 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $14,762.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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