School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754


Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 102071


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 

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.



To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Prior to Start of Program (required)

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

3 credits



3 credits

Fourth Semester


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.

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

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