Associate of Applied Science

Animation and Digital Technologies

70 Credits
  • Developed to provide students proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD)
  • 2D and 3D imagery training in addition to liberal arts courses
Studeng doing 3D printing and animation

Learn About the Future of Computer-Aided Design in Engineering

The animation and digital technologies degree in engineering was designed with a strong career orientation for training students to become experts in their fields and ready for entry-level jobs upon graduation. Students gain proficiency in computer-aided design, graphic imaging and animation―all in a two-year degree timeline.

In addition to taking liberal arts courses, students are taught to develop 2D and 3D images that can be combined to create still renderings of any style or complexity. The sequential succession of these images can be used to form animated content for commercial animation, in addition to other fields such as video game development. Our goal is to help students learn the technology and foster their skill-building in order for them to use this degree in pursuing a career they are passionate about.

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
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Graduates of the animation and digital technologies associate degree in engineering have gained a well-rounded education in this field, which includes the computer skills needed in a variety of careers. These careers can be in architecture, 3D printing, graphic design, advertising, video games and visual effects, among others. Vaughn’s associate degrees in engineering are designed to give students the option of pursuing a number of career fields upon graduation.

The 2D and 3D computer graphics tools and design methodologies are invaluable. Our curriculum has enabled students to pursue internships during their school years in addition to entry-level and higher education opportunities upon graduation. Are you interested in animation and digital technology? The courses, expert staffing and access to the industry’s most current research and technology at Vaughn College will help you succeed in your desired career path.

  • 2D Computer Graphics/Photoshop for the Web
  • 3D Graphics Modeling/MAYA
  • Animation/Advanced/3-D Studio Max
  • Animation/Intro/3-D Studio Max
  • Design, Drawing and Aesthetics
  • Image Ready-Photoshop


Our curriculum is designed with a focus on preparing students for related careers in their fields.

Graduates can apply their knowledge of design, graphics and 3D animation principles toward the development of a portfolio and demo reel. Vaughn graduates have become successful 3D animators, graphic and motion graphic designers, broadcast graphic designers and 3D modelers in any number of fields with this associate degree, combined with the network of industry experts Vaughn offers.s.

Vaughn students have pursued internships with L’Oréal USA, Digital Infuzion, Inc., School of Visual Arts, Pratt, Stanford University, Technicolor, Stevens Institute of Technology and Alpha Graphics.

Career Insights


  • Aircraft Service
  • International Group
  • Alaskan Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/Avports
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Covenant Security
  • Cumming
  • Delta Airlines
  • Embraer
  • Emirates
  • Empire Aero
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • jetBlue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • Keyspan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • COPA Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Services
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • Flight Safety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Navair (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.