Comics & Animation


Comics & Animation

Animators have created some of the greatest films in history and the art form is only growing in popularity. Technology changes, but the core of being an animator stays the same. Future animators need to become masters of the art of understanding human movement and of observing and recreating the natural world. 

At Long Beach City College we can start you on your path to a future as an animator or comic artist with our Comics and Animation program. Movies, TV shows, video games, and commercials all need artists and animators. Become an indie creator or find work in the industry as a 2D or 3D animator, Modeler, Comic Artist, Character Animator, Texture Artist, Storyboard Artist, or Background Artist.  Our program teaches industry standard software for the creation of animation and comics. You will learn animation and layout, but also digital illustration and 3D modeling.

Artist drawing an anime comic book in a studio.


Digital Media: Comics & Animation, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
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View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic planning.

Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

Introduction to Digital Media Arts

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Digital Illustration

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Introduction to Typography

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Graphic Design: Publication & Production

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DMA 20
Digital Animation: 2D

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DMA 25
Motion Graphics

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DMA 30
Digital Animation: 3D

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DMA 90
Special Studies: Design and Multimedia

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View Course Descriptions on LBCC College Catalog.


While most people think of the films and TV shows of DreamWorks, Pixar, or Disney when you think of professional animators, animators in Southern California also have careers in other fields like:

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Scientific Visualization
  • Video Games
  • Websites
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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How long is the program? 

It takes approximately four semesters or two academic years to complete the program, depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. 

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost? 

For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.) Please visit Financial Aid for tuition costs and Federal Work-Study information.