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Program Number: 102071
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Arts, Design and Humanities
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
64 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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$9,024.00 Tuition
$1,014.90 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College's Associate of Arts Degree in Animation and Concept Development offers classes in traditional and digital skills related to professional 3D animation and concept planning and development.

    While attending classes in the Animation program, you will develop a broad foundation of skills in:

    • Concept drawing and layout
    • Figure/life drawing for concept work
    • Concept presentation
    • Digital modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation 
    • Level design and construction
    • Asset creation and management
    • Digital lighting and cinematography

    Graduating students have the opportunity to apply for professional internships and mentorships and create a professional portfolio and demo reel. 

    Program Details

    Students in the Animation program must attend classes full time.

    Animation classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax 


    Earning your associate degree in the Animation program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Character Animator
    • Concept Artist/Designer
    • Storyboard Artist

    You will also be prepared for work as an animator, modeler, lighter, or illustrator in the following industries:

    • Advertising 
    • Architecture 
    • Broadcasting 
    • Entertainment 
    • Game Design 
    • Instructional 
    • Medical and Scientific 
    • Multimedia Production 
    • Printing/Publishing
    • Product Design Development 
    • Web Design
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Prior to Start of Program (required)
    2 credits
    2 credits
    First Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Elective Credit
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Recommended Electives
    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Fall 2021 and Spring 2022                 

      Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.


    • Transfer Opportunities

      Wisconsin Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
      Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
      Students who complete the animation program can transfer up to 67 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

      Non-Wisconsin Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
      Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    • Career Outcomes

      After completing the Animation program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

      1. Demonstrate competence in the technical and aesthetic skills necessary to meet challenges in the animation profession.
      2. Apply the principles and theories necessary to contribute to the creation of professional animation in a business setting.
      3. Apply critical thinking skills to solve complex problems and demonstrate effective organization in a high-pressure workplace.
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally using appropriate media, including written, verbal, graphic and electronic communications.
      5. Demonstrate creativity, innovation and flexibility in order to work successfully in a continuously changing animation business environment.
      6. Assume responsibility for continuing education in order to maintain, expand and enhance professional and artistic growth.
      7. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with colleagues in a team setting and understand workflow processes in a business environment.
      8. Exhibit desirable interpersonal skills, including but not limited to respect and sensitivity for diverse cultures and individuals.
      9. Practice desirable professional ethics, honesty, and confidentiality as applied to copyrighted materials when working on various facets of animation.
      10. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of intellectual property and intellectual freedom to the professional production of animation.
      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Program Graduates 7 6 3
        Number of Surveys Sent 6 6 3
        Number of Surveys Returned 3 5 2
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment 2 5 2
        Percent Available for Employment 66.7% 100.0% 100.0%
        Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
        Percent Not in Labor Market 33.3% 0.0% 0.0%
        Available for Employment

        2018 2019 2020
        Graduates Employed 2 5 1
        Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 50.0%
        Employed in Related Occupation 1 3 0
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation 50.0% 60.0% 0.0%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 1
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 50.0% 40.0% 100.0%
        Employed - No Response 0 0 0
        Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Seeking Employment 0 0 1
        Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 50.0%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.8 3
        Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 5 2
        Very Satisfied (4) 1 4 0
        Percent Very Satisfied 33.3% 80.0% 0.0%
        Satisfied (3) 2 1 2
        Percent Satisfied 66.7% 20.0% 100.0%
        Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
        Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
        Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 5 2
        Preparation for Getting a Job 3 4 1
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 100.0% 80.0% 50.0%
        Career Change 0 0 0
        Percent Career Change 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 20.0% 0.0%
        Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
        Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Personal Interest 0 0 1
        Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 50.0%
        Other 0 0 0
        Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        When Employment was Obtained

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 5 1
        Before Enrollment 0 0 0
        Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        While Attending the College 0 2 0
        Percent While Attending the College 0.0% 40.0% 0.0%
        After Training at the College 2 3 1
        Percent After Training at the College 100.0% 60.0% 100.0%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Employment Location Responses 2 5 1
        In College District 2 5 0
        Percent In College District 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 1
        Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
        Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
        Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
        Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
        Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 2
        Average Monthly Wage $3,268 $4,686
        Average Hourly Wage $19.00 $27.25
        Average Work Hours per Week 55.0 45.0
        Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
        Average Hourly Wage $20.00
        Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
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    Madison Truax Campus
    Main Building, D3631

    1701 Wright Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53704
    608.246.6003 (Ext. 8)


    Service Hours

    • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm (In-Person and Virtual)
    • Friday: 8 am - 4 pm (Virtual Only)