Associate Degree

Program number: 102071

Credits: 67

Area of Study: Arts, Design and Humanities

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,145.50
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

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 Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.


Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

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.

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 7 10 7
    Number of Surveys Sent 7 10 6
    Number of Surveys Returned 6 8 3
    Percent of Surveys Returned 85.70% 80.00% 50.00%
    Available for Employment 6 6 2
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 75.00% 66.70%
    Not in Labor Market 0 2 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 25.00% 33.30%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 5 4 2
    Percent of Graduates Employed 83.30% 66.70% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 2 1 1
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 40.00% 25.00% 50.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 3 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 60.00% 75.00% 50.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 2 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 16.70% 33.30% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.1 3.3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 8 3
    Very Satisfied 3 3 1
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 37.50% 33.30%
    Satisfied 2 4 2
    Percent Satisfied 33.30% 50.00% 66.70%
    Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 16.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 6 8 3
    Preparation for Getting a Job 4 3 3
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 66.70% 37.50% 100.00%
    Career Change 1 2 0
    Percent Career Change 16.70% 25.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 16.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 2 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 25.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 1 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 5 3 2
    Before Enrollment 1 2 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 20.00% 66.70% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 2 0 0
    Percent While Attending the College 40.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 2 1 2
    Percent After Training at the College 40.00% 33.30% 100.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 5 4 2
    In College District 3 3 2
    Percent In College District 60.00% 75.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 20.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 25.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 1 1
    Average Monthly Wage $2,623 $2,316 $3,268
    Average Hourly Wage $15.25 $13.46 $19.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 42.5 45 55
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 1 0
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 1
    Total Jobs 1 1
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Nine Realms 3D Environment Artist

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