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About the Entertainment Technology Programs

Begin Your Career in Entertainment Technology

At Santa Monica College, we’ve designed our curriculum to meet the changing needs of the entertainment industry. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced artist, we provide you with the education, training, tools, and techniques required to be successful in highly specialized and dynamic fields within 2D and 3D animation, audio and video post-production, and game design.

The Entertainment Technology programs are robust and fast-paced. We bring industry-leading faculty to the classroom to support you over the course of your program. You will gain hands-on experience working in real-world environments to take your projects from concept to production. You will walk away with a professional portfolio and may participate in internships with industry partners when available.

With on-campus and online course options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate in Science Degree - Animation (Winter 2020)Associate in Science Degree Icon

32 to 33 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Animation Foundation (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

15 units

Certificate of Achievement - 2D Animation (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

Certificate of Achievement - 3D Animation (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

17 units

Certificate of Achievement - 3D Production (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

17 units

Certificate of Achievement - Visual Development (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

Upon completion of the Animation program, students will be able to create original content that demonstrates an understanding of the professional animation production pipeline, and to develop an effective portfolio for transfer or entry-level employment in the entertainment industry.

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Associate in Science Degree - Digital Media (Winter 2020)Associate in Science Degree Icon

36 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Digital Media Foundation (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

Certificate of Achievement - Digital Audio Post-Production (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

Certificate of Achievement - Digital Video Post-Production (Winter 2020)Certificate of Achievement Icon

18 units

This program provides students with a comprehensive, hands-on education using industry-standard digital media tools. Focusing on the design and implementation of digital media for the entertainment industry, this program covers a range of real-world audio and video production and post-production techniques as well as traditional principles of storytelling and visual communication.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Video Game Designers Bachelor's Degree $76,586
Multimedia Artists and Animators Bachelor's Degree $69,071
Producers Bachelor's Degree $96,984
Film and Video Editors Bachelor's Degree $71,982
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