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About the Entertainment Technology Program

Get Your Foot in the Door with a Career in Entertainment Technology


Entertainment technology is a dynamic, in-demand career field with many options for specialization across film, television, radio, music and performing arts, production and post production, animation, visual effects, and game development. At Santa Monica College, we’ve designed our curriculum to meet the changing needs of the entertainment industry. We provide you with the education, training, tools and techniques required to be successful in media.


The entertainment technology program is robust and fast paced. We bring industry leading faculty to the classroom to support you over the course of your program. You will gain hands-on experience working in real world environments to take your projects from concept to production. You will walk away with a professional portfolio, and may participate in internships with industry partners when available. Job roles include broadcast technician, sound engineer, audio/visual technician, special effects technician, lighting designer, production manager and more.


With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.


Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:


Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Animation - Associate of Science Associates in Science Degree

50 units + General Education Requirements

Animation - Certificate of AchievementCertificate of Achievement

50 units

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to develop original and effective animation projects using industry-standard tools and methodologies.

Digital Media - Associate of Science Associates in Science Degree

44 units + General Education Requirements

Digital Media - Certificate of AchievementCertificate of Achievement

44 units

This program provides students with a comprehensive, hands-on education using industry-standard digital media tools. Focusing on the design and implementation of digital media for the entertainment industry, this program covers a range of real-world audio and video production and post-production techniques as well as traditional principles of storytelling and visual communication.

2D Animation - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides a comprehensive understanding of the 2D animation process used in the entertainment industry. Students learn to create professional quality character animations for a variety of entertainment projects using art styles that may range from realistic to stylized.

3D Animation - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides an understanding of the 3D animation process used in the entertainment industry. Students learn to animate 3D characters and props for a variety of entertainment projects that range from realistic to stylized.

3D Modeling - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides an understanding of the 3D modeling process used in the entertainment industry. Students learn to create 3D character, prop and environment models for a variety of entertainment projects that range from realistic to stylized.

3D Rendering - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides an understanding of the 3D rendering process used in the entertainment industry. Students learn to shade, texture and light 3D scenes for a variety of entertainment projects that range from realistic to stylized.

Digital Effects - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

15 units

The Design Technology Department offers a specialized Department Certificate in Digital Effects for students who successfully complete the required courses listed below. *Students must complete the area of emphasis (major) requirements in effect at the time enrollment begins or the requirements in effect at graduation as long as continuous enrollment is maintained. *Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in each Fall and Spring semester until graduation. At least 50% of the units required for Department Certificates must be completed at Santa Monica College. Students must receive a grade of C or higher in each course to successfully complete the Department Certificate.

Game Development - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides an understanding of the game development process used in the entertainment industry. Students learn to effectively analyze gameplay elements and to develop original 2D and 3D game prototypes.

Visual Development - Department CertificateDepartment Certificate

16 units

This program provides a comprehensive understanding of the visual development process used in the entertainment industry. Emphasis is placed on form, composition, color, value and lighting. Students learn to design professional quality characters and worlds for a variety of entertainment projects using art styles that range from realistic to stylized.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Video Game Designers Bachelor's Degree $76,586
Art Directors Bachelor's Degree $87,008
Multimedia Artists and Animators Bachelor's Degree $69,071
Graphic Designers Bachelor's Degree $49,076
Web Developers Bachelor's Degree $62,189
Commercial and Industrial Designers Bachelor's Degree $58,104
Search Marketing Strategists Bachelor's Degree $76,586
Producers Bachelor's Degree $96,984
Film and Video Editors Bachelor's Degree $71,982
Desktop Publishers Associate Degree $52,824
Fine Artists, Including Painter, Sculptor and Illustrator Some College $32,970
Photographers High School Diploma or More $41,251
Prepress Technicians and Workers High School Diploma or More $43,888
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators High School Diploma or More $41,525
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